Who issues Roadworthy Certificates?
In Victoria a Certificate of Roadworthiness is required for the sale of a vehicle or if you are re-registering a used vehicle. This is an important step to reduce the number of poorly maintained vehicles on the road. A Roadworthy Certificate is also required to clear a Vehicle Defect Notice.
A Certificate of Roadworthiness can only be issued by a vehicle tester licensed to do so, operating from a nominated workshop or service station.
When can a Roadworthy Certificate be issued?
What if the vehicle fails the test?
What is inspected?
A roadworthy inspection only covers the major safety related items, including:
- the overall structure of the vehicle itself
- seats and belts
- reflectors and lamps
- tyres and wheels
- suspension, steering and braking systems
- windows and windscreen, including front windscreen wipers blades and washer sysytem
- other safety related items on the chassis, body or engine.
The roadworthiness test is not a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of the vehicle. If you require a comprehensive check on the overall condition and reliability of the vehicle then you should arrange for a separate independent report such as those offered by the RACV or VACC.
The certificate does not mean:
- non-safety related accessories such as windows and rear-window wipers, rear electric window demister and the air conditioner are functioning.
- that all the items looked at during the roadworthy inspection are guaranteed to function after the inspection eg. brake lights can burn out at any time after the inspection.
What about the Australian Design Rules?
Do you have a problem with the inspection or certificate for your vehicle?
1. – First check that the item in question is a required roadworthiness inspection item. See: Road Worthiness Requirements [PDF 1,638KB].
2. – Contact the tester who issued the certificate and explain your concerns. In many cases the problem will be resolved.
3. – If you have not resolved the issue, obtain an independent inspection from another licensed tester to support your claim and present a copy of this to the first tester.
4. – In the case where an inspection by an independent tester confirms your doubt and the inspector you are at issue with is not cooperating, then you are advised to send a written complaint with supporting documentation to VicRoads, Roadworthiness Section, 60 Denmark Street KEW 3101 or call the VicRoads Roadworthiness Supervisors on 1800 816 727.
How much does the test cost?
How long does a certificate last?
What are your legal rights?
You can seek professional legal advice from a solicitor, take your dispute to the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) or through the Magistrates court.
In the event that a vehicle is purchased through a Licensed Motor Car Trader (LMCT) Consumer Affairs Victoria are often able to resolve the matter through negotiation with the LMCT.
Contact VicRoads Roadworthiness Section on 1800 816 727.
Our Service Areas
We provide Roadworthy Certificate in Dingley Village, Parkdale Mordialloc, Sandringham, Brighton, Aspendale Gardens, Chelsea Heights, Aspendale, Chelsea, Edithvale, Patterson Lakes, Keysborough and Noble Park. To get roadworthy certificate call us on 1300 558 115