Background Information

While mechanical defect of vehicle has not been a major contributory factor of road accidents, proper maintenance of vehicles is certainly an effective means to prevent accidents and is conducive to the enhancement of road safety. In addition, sub-standard maintenance services would create nuisance to vehicle owners and bring about air pollution, which would have negative impacts on the health of the public. For these reasons, the government considers it necessary to enhance the standard of the vehicle maintenance trade.

In order to gauge the views of the trade on different aspects of the proposed registration scheme, we conducted a survey in late 2004. Prior to the survey, we compiled a comprehensive database of around 2,600 vehicle maintenance workshops in operation in Hong Kong according to the lists provided by the Census & Statistics Department and the Vocational Training Council. A consultation paper setting out the key proposals for the registration scheme was then provided to members of the trade before commencement of the survey. Based on random sampling, 750 vehicle maintenance workshops were covered in the survey. The samples comprised a good mix of workshops of different sizes. A total of 649 workshop operators and 1,314 vehicle mechanics were interviewed. For details of the survey results, please click here [PDF format (1.2MB)].

The findings of the survey show that the majority of workshop operators and vehicle mechanics prefer to adopt an incremental approach by first launching a voluntary scheme. The government reported the findings of the survey and the proposed way forward to the Legislative Council (LegCo) Panel on Transport in May 2005 and gained their support to establishing a Vehicle Maintenance Technical Advisory Committee with the trade and setting up a Vehicle Maintenance Registration Unit under EMSD to launch the scheme. For details of the associated LegCo paper, please click here [PDF format (93KB)].

Vehicle Maintenance Technical Advisory Committee

To ensure that the detailed arrangements of the registration scheme can meet the needs of the trade, the Vehicle Maintenance Technical Advisory Committee (VMTAC) was established in May 2006 with members from trade associations, professional institutions, training institutes, transport operators employing large number of vehicle mechanics, vehicle suppliers' associations, vehicle owners' association, relevant government departments, and an independent person nominated by the Home and Youth Affairs Bureau. Members of the VMTAC are appointed by the Secretary for Transport and Logistics. The VMTAC is chaired by the Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services. For the terms of reference and the current membership list of the VMTAC, please click here (July 2024) [PDF format (37KB)] Update.

The Voluntary Registration Scheme for Vehicle Mechanics was launched in 2007, whereas the Voluntary Registration Scheme for Vehicle Maintenance Workshops was launched in 2015 in succession of the Vehicle Maintenance Workshops Charter. To facilitate effective discussion and finalization of various details of the registration scheme, Sub-Committees have been formed with members from the VMTAC and the trade. Each Sub-Committee is chaired by a Convenor who is elected among the members of the respective Sub-Committee and is from the trade. The Sub-Committees report progress and make recommendations to the VMTAC for endorsement of various implementation details of the registration schemes.

Vehicle Maintenance Registration Unit

The Vehicle Maintenance Registration Unit (VMRU) has been set up under EMSD. The VMRU provides administrative support to the VMTAC is responsible for the promotional activities, the day-to-day management and operational functions for the voluntary registration scheme for vehicle mechanics, and the voluntary registration scheme for vehicle maintenance workshops.

EMSD will issue circulars on matters of concern and regularly distribute RVM newsletters to registered vehicle mechanics. For details of the issued circulars and newsletters, please click here.

Electric Vehicle Maintenance

In view of the increasing trend on the demand for Electrical Vehicle (EV) maintenance, the Vehicle Maintenance Technical Advisory Committee (VMTAC) has agreed to incorporate the scope of EV maintenance into the Voluntary Registration Scheme for Vehicle Maintenance, enabling the Registered Vehicle Mechanic (RVM) to keep abreast of the latest EV technology and to reduce the risk of electric shock during maintenance on EVs.

The VMTAC has agreed in the 39th VMTAC meeting held on 13 October 2023 to provide two routes for Registered Vehicle Mechanics (RVMs) upgrade themselves with EV maintenance service scope, namely:

  1. Route 1 – completion of EV maintenance training programs or
  2. Route 2 – for mechanics directly employed and nominated by vehicle manufacturers or authorized dealers after completion of internal training.

For Route 1, the VMTAC has formulated three levels of EV training programs namely elementary level, low voltage level and high voltage level to ensure practitioners, in particular for vehicle mechanics, equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a RVM with EV maintenance service scope to carry out the maintenance work in a safe and effective manner. The EV training programs will be conducted by appropriate training institutes or organizations and the design of training programs shall be endorsed by the VMTAC.

Training institutes or organizations interested in conducting the EV training programs should submit the Application Form for Training Program on Electric Vehicle Maintenance for seeking endorsement from the VMTAC. Attention should be drawn to the VMTAC's Endorsed Training Criteria such as expected competence of participants upon completion of the program, minimum training hours, training equipment, etc. dedicated to each of the three levels of EV training programs.

For Route 2, the Vehicle Maintenance Registration Unit (VMRU) has designed the application form for vehicle manufacturers or authorized dealers to provide the information of their training program on EV maintenance, streamlining the nomination process for vehicle maintenance mechanics under their employment.

Vehicle manufacturers or authorized dealers should fill in the application form for training program on EV maintenance and submit to VMRU for preliminary vetting, which would then be submitted to the VMTAC for endorsement. Subject to the endorsement of the training program by the VMTAC, vehicle manufacturers or authorized dealers may proceed to nominate vehicle mechanics under their employment and have completed relevant EV maintenance training to become registered EV maintenance mechanics.

Furthermore, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and the VMTAC have jointly developed the Practice Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Maintenance for the trade after making reference to relevant international standards. The guidelines provide a list of recommended facilities for EV maintenance, including personal protective equipment, first-aid equipment, fire protection facilities, venue setting, as well as testing and maintenance tools, ensuring the safety of EV maintenance work. Details can be found in the following document.

Voluntary Registration Scheme for Vehicle Maintenance Promotional Video Competition

To enhance public understanding of the Voluntary Registration Scheme for Vehicle Mechanics and the Voluntary Registration Scheme for Vehicle Maintenance Workshops as well as promote the quality services of registered vehicle maintenance workshops and mechanics, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department jointly organized the Voluntary Registration Scheme for Vehicle Maintenance Promotional Video Competition with the Vehicle Maintenance Technical Advisory Committee.

The competition ended on 29 October 2021. After assessment by the adjudication panel, the list of winner is announced as follows:

 
Results of the Promotional Video Competition
Open Category
Champion: WONG Ting-fung, LAI Yuen-ting
The Champion Entry in Open Category
The Champion Entry in Open Category

[MP4 format (34.36MB)]
Cantonese voice-over
... Download Script [PDF format (47KB)]
1st Runner-up: CHEUNG Cho-shan
2nd Runner-up: CHUI Wai-cho Virgil, CHAN Wai-man, WONG Yun-chiu Raymond
Merit Awards:
  • LAM Suk-yee
  • LEE Wun-ting, WONG Ho-yan, LEUNG Chun-yi, KWOK Yick-han, TUNG Pak-ho
  • CHOI Hing-fung
School Category
Champion: LAM Tsz-yuet, Au Yeung Chin-wai, Yung Yu-ching, CHENG Hoi-ting
(SKH St. Michael's Primary School)
The Champion Entry in School Category
The Champion Entry in School Category

[MP4 format (33.06MB)]
Cantonese voice-over
... Download Script [PDF format (45KB)]
1st Runner-up: CHAN Ka-yiu, Fung Tsz-ying, Lee Zeon Hei, Man Ching-lam
(Queen Elizabeth School Old Students' Association Secondary School)
2nd Runner-up: CHEUNG Tsz-ki, CHAN Hei-loi
(CCC Fong Yun Wah Secondary School)
Merit Awards:
  • HUI Kwan-ting, TONG Man-ching, Au Yat-long, Yuen Wai-ching, Yip Tsz-ying
    (TWGHs Mrs Wu York Yu Memorial College)
  • CHEUNG Hau-kan, LI Chun-hei, NG Sui-hang
    (Caritas St. Joseph Secondary School)
  • LIU Jinbang, HUANG Qihao
    (Hong Kong Teachers' Association Lee Heng Kwei Secondary School)
Most Supportive School Award
Winner: Hong Kong Teachers' Association Lee Heng Kwei Secondary School  
 

Enquiries

For enquiries about the Scheme, please contact the Vehicle Maintenance Registration Unit or dial the Citizen's Easy Link 1823.

Vehicle Maintenance Registration Unit

Telephone 2808 3545
Email vmru@emsd.gov.hk
Address Electrical and Mechanical Services Department
3 Kai Shing Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong