One of the factors that contribute to road accidents is the presence of unroadworthy vehicles on the road. For this reason, it's essential to keep your car in a roadworthy condition. Roadworthy inspections will ensure your safety as well as that of other road users. While laws regarding roadworthy inspections will vary across states, all registered vehicles may be required to have the roadworthy or safety certificates, so you don't want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law. It's essential to be aware of all the details involved in roadworthy inspections and certificates and if you are new to the process, here is what you need to know.
Circumstances Under Which You Will Need A Roadworthy Inspection
Rules and regulations concerning roadworthy inspections will always vary across states. However, regardless of where you are, there are some common instances where a roadworthy inspection and certificate will be required. A roadworthy certificate can be required if you're selling a vehicle. You will also need the certificate if you need to transfer the vehicle's registration from a different state or if you are transferring it to a new owner. A certificate will also be required if you are registering an unregistered vehicle. Last, if you have a major vehicle defect notice that you wish to clear, you will need a roadworthy certificate.
There are some instances when roadworthy inspections or certificates may not be necessary. For example, if you're transferring the vehicle to your spouse or a deceased estate beneficiary, a roadworthy inspection won't be required. The age of your car can also exempt you from roadworthy inspections. If your vehicle is only a few years old, you may not need the inspection. However, if you will be using the car for business, such as a shuttle service or taxi, you will need a roadworthy certificate regardless of its age.
What the Inspection Covers
Roadworthy inspections usually cover the key components of your car. Some of these include the wheels and tyres, the engine, the chassis, the braking and suspension systems, the lights and reflectors, the seats and seatbelts, the windows and windscreen, and the entire vehicle structure. All these are crucial to the safety of your car, which is why they have to be in good working condition. Accessories that are not related to safety such as electric windows and the air conditioning system won't be inspected.
Who Conducts the Inspections and Issues the Certificates
Typically, licensed mechanics will conduct the inspection and issue the certificate. The vehicle testers should operate from a service station or a garage.