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Swedish car inspection company, Bilprovningen to be sold to international buyersMonday, 12 March 2012
Most of the Swedes' old car inspection companies are now being sold to large international companies.
This fall, they’ll take over more than two-thirds of Bilprovningen stations. Several companies are interested in purchasing: German DEKRA, TÜV German, Spanish Applus, Swiss SGS and Finnish Carspect, according to reports from Swedish media sources.
Magnus Ehrenstråhle, CEO of Motor Vehicle Inspection Company, which handles sales of the unit on behalf of the government, is reported to have told Swedish media sources but the new companies do not take responsibility for car testing and inspection in rural areas.
The Swedish government defends the sales that it wants to accelerate the transformation of the Swedish car testing from monopoly to competition. It beckons with more choice and better access for motorists.
This the Swedish government had hopped that by the 1st of July 2010, centralised car testing and inspection controlled by the government would have ceased. But the process has been slow making it possible to start completing the process of Swedish Motor Vehicle Inspection to start now.
The two-thirds now being sold are the south-western group of stations in the Göteborg and Malmo, and the north east with stations in the Stockholm and Mälardalen.
One third of the stations, the nationwide group with responsibility for serviced rural areas, are retained for a significantly slimmed – down Swedish Motor Vehicle Inspection.
By Scancomark.se Team
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