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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bill Targets Auto Inspections

New legislation is in the works to make getting one's car inspected a smoother, although perhaps more expensive, procedure.

The biennial tekhosmotr, or technical inspection, is every car owner's nightmare, involving often unpleasant interaction with the local state automobile inspection office, or GAI. But the tekhosmotr is now being handed over to specially licensed state or private workshops.

Fyodor Abramov, head of GAI's Technical Control Department, is "99 percent sure" that the bill will be passed. He said the new legislation will limit GAI's role in technical inspection to checking the legitimate ownership of the car and handing out the coveted inspection stickers. The actual inspection will take place at car repair workshops.

The procedure for licensing workshops is unknown. But costs to car owners are bound to increase, said Abramov, since on top of state duties and taxes the cost of the technical inspection will have to be added.

It is still unclear how much space the new system will leave for violations and bribery, reported to be entrenched in the car inspection field.

"It can be tens of thousands of rubles," he said.

, or how many there will be,

whether there will be any price controls, or