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Roadworthy FAQ's

What is a safety certificate?

In November 1999, the safety certificate replaced the roadworthy certificate. A safety certificate covers basic things that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle, such as:

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

The safety certificate is designed to offer buyers better protection. A vehicle with a safety certificate has undergone a safety inspection before being offered for sale, so buyers can be sure the vehicle is safe to drive. This means there will be fewer unsafe vehicles on Queensland roads, reducing the likelihood of crashes caused by defective vehicles.

A Safety/Roadworthy Certificate costs $74.75. The safety inspection is completed at our Mechanical Workshop premises. Please allow 40mins. You are welcome to wait in the office area.

What vehicles must have a safety certificate?

In Queensland you must obtain and display a safety certificate on any registered light vehicle from the moment you offer the vehicle for sale. Vehicles include cars, motorbikes, caravans, trailers 0.75–3.5 tonnes (t) aggregate trailer mass (ATM) and any other vehicles up to 4.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM).

When can vehicles be sold without a safety certificate?

The only time vehicles do not require a certificate is when they are unregistered or when they are traded to, or between, licensed motor dealers. Vehicles can still be sold for parts or restoration, but they must be de-registered before being offered for sale.

Who issues safety certificates?

Safety certificates can only be issued by approved inspection stations. These are service stations, garages or workshops which have been approved by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to conduct inspections.

Does this apply all over Queensland?

You need a safety certificate to sell used vehicles in most parts of Queensland. Some rural and remote areas are exempt. Phone the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80b for more information.

How long are safety certificates current for?

Make sure certificates are current. For dealers, certificates must have been issued in the three months or 1000 kilometres before sale — whichever comes first.

For private sellers, safety certificates may be used for one new registration and one transfer of registration provided they are within the two months or 2000 kilometres limit, whichever comes first. A new safety certificate is required each time you sell the vehicle even if it is within the two months or 2000 kilometres. It cannot be used for two transfers.

What are the safety certificate conditions of use?

A safety certificate cannot be used for more than one transfer. This means if you are selling a used vehicle and have obtained a safety certificate for this vehicle, the person who buys this vehicle cannot then use this certificate if they sell the vehicle. Also, the safety certificate cannot contain any alterations.

Displaying safety certificates

Safety certificates must be displayed in a very obvious place, for example:

  • motorbike — front forks or guard
  • car — windscreen or window
  • trailer — draw-bar.

If you fail to display a safety certificate on the vehicle from the moment you offer it for sale you will receive an on-the-spot fine of A$500.

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