Do I Need a Roadworthy Certificate in Queensland?

Before a vehicle can be driven on Queensland roads, it must obtain a roadworthy certificate. This certificate is a statement that the car meets the requirements set by Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, and is therefore safe enough to drive. By making roadworthy certificates a requirement, we can help to keep drivers and their passengers safe on Queensland roads. 

Although you no longer need to display a safety certificate before offering a vehicle for sale, it is still a requirement for your car to have a valid roadworthy certificate when transferring registration to a new owner, when re-registering an unregistered vehicle, or when transferring your car’s registration to Queensland from a different state or territory. Without a valid Queensland roadworthy certificate, your car is not legal to drive.

The first step to obtaining a roadworthy certificate involves getting your vehicle checked by a licenced vehicle tester. If you’re planning to sell or re-register your vehicle soon, the team at Hi-Mech Auto Solutions can conduct your roadworthy inspection, and help fix any problems that may prevent you from receiving your certificate.

What is covered in a Roadworthiness Inspection?

A roadworthy inspection involves checking the condition of the main components of your vehicle to ensure that it is safe to drive. Each inspection includes:

  • Seats and Restraints
  • Lamps (lights) and electrical components
  • Windscreens and glazing
  • Body, chassis and frame
  • Tow couplings
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Brakes
  • Engine, driveline and emissions
  • Vehicle safety features
  • Passenger Transport
  • Modifications

Additional components related to vehicle safety standards may also need to be checked,  depending on the year, make, and model of your car. If the inspection does find your vehicle to be unroadworthy, they will provide a list of the issues that need to be fixed. This will help guide your next steps to get your vehicle back up to standards in order to pass the next inspection.

In Queensland, cars are not the only vehicles that require safety checks. There are also requirements to obtain motorcycle roadworthy certificates and trailer roadworthy certificates if the aggregate caravan or trailer mass is between 750kg and 4,500kg. Additionally, any vehicle up to 4,500kg gross vehicle mass (GVM) must also undergo a road safety inspection. 

It is important to note that a Queensland roadworthy certificate only involves an inspection of the basic safety components of your vehicle and is not a guarantee that the vehicle is mechanically reliable. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive inspection on the general condition of your vehicle, you can contact the professionals at Hi-Mech Auto Solutions.

How to Get a Roadworthy Certificate

In Queensland, a roadworthy certificate can only be issued by a licensed vehicle tester at an approved inspection station. Hi-Mech Auto Solutions has inspectors that are legally permitted to conduct roadworthy checks, using the latest diagnostic tools and equipment to follow the standards set by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Once our team has issued your vehicle with a roadworthy certificate we will advise if you need to present this certificate in person at a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre.

Trust Hi-Mech Auto Solutions For Your Next Roadworthy Certificate

As a member of the Bosch Car Service Network, the team at Hi-Mech Auto Solutions conducts every roadworthy inspection to the highest standards. All work completed by our team is backed by a nationwide guarantee.

If you’re planning to sell your car, or are simply looking to check the safety of your vehicle, our licenced roadworthy diagnostic specialists can help you obtain a valid roadworthy certificate. Toowoomba and other Queensland residents can get in touch with our experienced team today on (07) 7517 0121, or use our simple online booking form and our friendly team will be in contact.