ROADWORTHY CERTIFICATES FOR CARS, BIKES, TRAILERS & MORE

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What is a roadworthy certificate and when do I need one?

According to queensland government regulations – a safety certificate (otherwise known as a roadworthy certificate or roadworthies) is needed when a registered light vehicle is offered for sale in Queensland, or when re-registering an unregistered vehicle. It confirms that a vehicle has passed a minimum safety standard inspection.   We offer roadworthies in the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast. If you a looking for vehicle inspections in Sydney or Brisbane or Perth.


Vehicles requiring a safety certificate are:

  • Cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Trailers (including caravans) with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) over 750kg-3,500kg
  • Any other vehicles up to 4,500kg gross vehicle mass (GVM).

What does a roadworthy certificate cover?

  • tyres
  • brakes
  • steering
  • suspension
  • body rust or damage
  • windscreen
  • lights.

(source qld.gov.au/transport/registration/roadworthy/)

 

What vehicle roadworthies are not:

A road worthy certificate is not a substitute for a full comprehensive vehicle inspection. A full comprehensive vehicle inspection will cover dozens of important points on your vehicle that are not covered by a safety certificate / road worthy certificate.  To avoid buying a lemon you really need a full comprehensive vehicle inspection to ensure your prospective vehicle is not hiding any nasty surprises that could hurt you financially down the track.

 

When do I need a road worthy (safety certificate)?

You must display a road worthy certificate label on a registered light vehicle from the moment you offer it for sale, including when you:

  • List the vehicle for sale online
  • Display that it is for sale in public
  • Drive the car with a sign in the window offering it for sale

You must display your road worthy (safety certificate) in an obvious area, such as:

  • motorcycle—on the front forks or guard
  • car—on the windscreen or window

When displayed, all information written on the certificate must be able to be seen clearly from outside the vehicle.

You can be fined over $560 if you don’t clearly display a road worthy certificate on a vehicle—from the moment you offer it for sale