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Roadworthy Inspections

A certificate of roadworthiness is required when a vehicle is sold, if a used vehicle is to be re-registered or, in some cases to clear a vehicle defect. Only licensed vehicle testers can issue road worthy certificates.


Who issues certificates


A Certificate of Roadworthiness can only be issued when a vehicle is passed by a licensed vehicle tester, operating from a nominated garage or service station. A certificate is only issued when a vehicle passes the inspection
How long does a certificate remain current


A current certificate of roadworthiness, required for the purpose of registering or transferring a vehicle, is one that has been issued not more than 30 days prior to any application for the registration or transfer.
Note: This is not a guarantee that a vehicle with a roadworthy certificate will necessarily continue to remain in a roadworthy condition for 30 days from the date the certificate was issued.


If the vehicle fails the test


If an item fails to meet the requirements, the tester will issue a rejection report. You will be given 7 days to repair or replace the rejected items and have those rejected item inspected again. If more than 7 days elapse a full inspection is then required.
What is inspected


The inspection is a check of the vehicle to ensure that the key components are in a fit condition for safe road use. It includes:


• wheels and tyres
• steering, suspensions and braking systems
• seats and seatbelts
• lights and reflectors
• windscreen, and windows including front wipers and washers
• vehicle structure
• other safety related items on the body, chassis or engine.

 What is not inspected


The roadworthiness test is not a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of the vehicle.


The certificate does not mean:


• that the vehicle is in top condition without any wear or deterioration
• non-safety related accessories such as the air conditioner, rear window demister, electric windows and rear-window wipers are working
• that the items checked during the roadworthy inspection will continue to function after the inspection e.g. a brake light can stop functioning at any time after the inspection.


The roadworthiness test is not a complete assessment of a vehicle’s compliance with the Standards for Registration, which in most cases are the Australian Design Rules (ADRs). The ADRs are set a set of minimum standards for the construction of motor vehicles and trailers. Compliance with these standards cannot be assessed by inspection alone.

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