The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a vehicle condition certificate service to provide historical information about vehicles and protect buyers of used vehicles.

It provides clients with essential detailed information available with the RTA about the vehicle condition such as the distance covered in kilometres, type and validity of insurance, impounding, type of vehicle, owner and condition during annual testing, and other relevant information.

Such information can only be released upon the consent of the owner, which has to be confirmed to the RTA through a text message including a pin code.

Upon fulfilling this requirement, the customer can avail the service by entering the chassis number of the used vehicle through RTA website. 

The RTA will then inform the customer about the possibility of getting the vehicle details from the RTA for a fee of 100 dirhams per certificate.

Sultan Al Marzooqi, director of vehicles licensing, licensing agency, RTA, said: “The launch of the vehicle condition certificate service is an addition to the licensing services on offer.

"The service also covers imported used vehicles through the network of international firms such as the American Carfax and the European Auto Dna for providing information about vehicles exported to the UAE from American, European and Asian countries.

"Accordingly, we can furnish interested clients with information about any vehicle imported from abroad, rather than not locally only, against additional fees. However, the RTA is not concerned with details of some vehicles which might not be available.”