The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) in Pakistan has temporarily suspended the installation of CNG cylinders and kits in public service vehicles (PSVs). The suspension has come about due to increased numbers of sub-standard components being installed by unauthorised roadside workshops, raising concerns for the operational safety of these vehicles, particularly for commuters
To pick up non-conforming vehicles the National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) is monitoring main roads and is not allowing natural gas powered PSVs onto motorways and highways without current certifcates of fitness, reports Pakistan Today.
An industry spokesperson advised NGV Global the vehicles will be inspected at HDIP outlets, at filling stations by mobile inspection teams and also at entrances to motorways.
There are two types of certification that public service vehicle owners are required by law to renew: a vehicle fitness certificate is issued by Motor Vehicle Examination (MVE) bi-annually after checking the vehicle has been checked and repaired at an approved workshop and by an approved automobile engineer. The other fitness certificate is specifically for the complete CNG conversion system, which is renewed annually through the Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP).
Additionally, CNG cylinders are required to be tested and re-certified every five years.
Despite some uncertainty regarding which government body is actually responsible for monitoring vehicle conformity (as reported in this Dawn item), the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) is not waiting for those responsibilities to be sorted out. In a separate Pakistan Today article, APCNGA Chairman Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha reportedly said the Association would be starting inspection and certification of CNG equipment in public transport vehicles, deciding to set up inspection stations in 25 cities across the Punjab.