Activist protest outside the Central Inspection Department in Beirut's Verdun area, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (We Want Accountability Facebook page, HO)
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Activists rallied outside the Central Inspection Department over the weekend to protest an Interior Ministry move that could have led to higher auto inspection fees, had it not been quashed by the Auditing Department.In late June, the Interior Ministry's Traffic, Trucks and Vehicles Management Authority approved the SGS-Autospect-Securitest-Auto Securite France company alliance's bid to operate Lebanon's auto inspection center.It had reportedly asked for $44.012 million over a period of 10 years, which would have increased auto inspection fees for Lebanese car owners by 50 percent. The Auditing Department ultimately rejected the deal and it will not go through.Lebanon has three regulatory authorities – the Central Inspection Department, the Auditing Department and the Civil Service Council – which are tasked with overseeing public funds and their management.
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