Check your roadworthy rules

Posted by: Cal on 7/08/2013

Category: General

It's never a bad idea to check up on the rules and regulations related to your vehicle and driving. Regulations can be amended over time and rules can differ from state to state - let alone from country to country. Remember - always make sure you're driving on the correct side of the road!

But to illuminate with a serious example, South Australia's vehicles don't require intermittent tests while NSW requires yearly inspections on vehicles older than five years.

In recent regulatory news, on July 29 the Victorian state government announced it would be shaking up its roadworthiness system to reach its goal of a 25 per cent reduction in red tape, to help make savings of up to $73 million each year.

The main focus will be on figuring out through a consultation process whether newer vehicles need roadworthy certificates.

The state has pitched a number of options, including scrapping the requirement for vehicles less than three years of age to present a roadworthiness certificate on transfer of ownership.

Another option is to get rid of the requirement for vehicles less than three years old to have a roadworthiness certificate on transfer of ownership and to shorten a safety test making it more efficient to reduce costs.

Thirdly, the government may get rid of the regulation for cars less than five years old to do the same as above.

Treasurer Michael O’Brien commented that implementing one of these options would save time, convenience and money for people changing vehicle ownership.

"If you have a newer car, which has been regularly serviced, it’s unlikely there would be any need to check many of the items which are standard for a roadworthiness test," said Mr O'Brien.

"What we won’t be changing is the requirement for inspections of items like tyres or brakes, as these are the areas which accident statistics show are the most likely cause of defect-related crashes."

He also said that buyers and sellers of newer cars will still be able to make a personal choice on whether they'd like a full safety inspection.

Don't get too excited, though - at the moment these changes are still in the 'ideas' phase, and VicRoads plans to consult the community before making a final decision. A discussion paper will be released to the public with a four week consultation period.

What do you think about these new roadworthiness regulatory options? Will they affect you? Remember, before you hit the road make sure it doesn't hit back - check your car tyres and vehicle safety regularly.