How Much does a Roadworthy Inspection Cost?
Roadworthy Inspections are the Federal Government's way of ensuring your vehicle meets minimum safety requirements.
However, each state and territory has their own names and regulations for when you may need a roadworthy inspection.
The cost of a Roadworthy Inspection can vary depending on which state or territory you’re in and what level of inspection you need.
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Australian State and Territory Requirements
Each state and territory in Australia has different requirements for why you may need to obtain a Roadworthy Inspection, but what are they? Let’s break it down.
Queensland In Queensland, a roadworthy inspection is called a ‘Safety Certificate’. They used to be called a Roadworthy Certificate or a Blue Slip, due to the piece of paper being blue.
Over the last year, the QLD government have been slowly phasing out hand-written safety certificates and introducing an electronic version.
A safety certificate is needed if you’re:
- Selling a registered light vehicle
- Transferring registration to a new owner
- Transferring to a QLD registration from another state or territory
- Re-registering an unregistered vehicle.
Vehicles that require safety certificates are the following;
- Trailers (including caravans) with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) between 750kg and 3,500kg
- Any other vehicles up to 4,500kg gross vehicle mass (GVM).
If you need a safety certificate for an unregistered vehicle, you can actually drive the vehicle unregistered to the appointment, under specific requirements.
If your vehicle doesn't pass the safety certificate check, you’re able to get an unregistered permit to drive your vehicle to a mechanic to be fixed, or you’ll have to get it towed.
Safety Certificate Inspections fees in Queensland are set by the government, which means they do not vary.
For motor vehicles up to 4,500kg GVM (gross vehicle mass) it will cost $84.75. Trailers over 750kg up to 3,500kg pay $42.40 fee and motorcycles pay $54.40.
For more information about Queensland, Safety Certificates, click here.
Why do I need a Roadworthy Inspection?
Depending on what state or territory you’re in, Roadworthy Inspections can be required if you’re selling, registering or renewing a vehicle registration.
This shows that a vehicle meets the minimum safety requirements.
A set of minimum standards have been developed by The Australian Design Rules (ADR).
This gives the Australian Government power of vehicles before they are supplied to a market.
Once a vehicle has been supplied, it’s the state and territory governments responsibility to regulate all vehicles in use.
This includes Servicing, registration, licensing, roadworthiness and operational requirements.
How is the Roadworthy Inspection carried out?
Usually, a roadworthy inspection covers the basic vehicle safety standards for:
- Body rust or damage
It’s important to remember a roadworthy inspection is not a comprehensive mechanical inspection.
If you’ve read this far, you obviously care about your car. A lot. So, if you need a service, repair or roadworthy inspection, give us a call on 07 4948 3204.