Is a Roadworthy in QLD the same as a NSW Pink Slip?

In both Queensland and New South Wales, the Safety Certificate (often called a Roadworthy or RWC) and the Pink Slip (also known as a safety check or eSafety check) aim to ensure that a vehicle meets basic safety standards. However, they have distinct differences in their requirements and application processes.

What are the Differences between a Roadworthy and Pink Slip?

The primary difference between a Pink Slip and a Roadworthy is the specific requirements mandated by each state’s transport departments. Below, we’ve highlighted four of the major differences:

1. Purpose:

Pink Slip / eSafety Check (NSW): Required for the renewal of registration of vehicles older than a certain age (typically over five years).
Roadworthy / Safety Certificate (QLD): Required when selling a registered vehicle or transferring ownership, as well as for certain registration transactions.

2. Scope of Inspection:

Pink Slip / eSafety Check (NSW): Focuses on verifying basic safety requirements, such as lights, tyres, brakes, suspension, and other essential components.
Roadworthy / Safety Certificate (QLD): Covers similar safety aspects but can also include additional checks such as exhaust emissions, body condition, windshield and windows, chassis and frame, and any additional safety features or modifications.

3. Regulatory Differences:

NSW’s Pink Slip / eSafety Check inspection is governed by the rules and regulations set forth by the Department of Transport for NSW (TfNSW).
QLD’s Roadworthy / Safety Certificate inspection is governed by the specific requirements outlined by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

4. Validity Period:

Pink Slip / eSafety Check (NSW): Typically valid for one year from the inspection date.
Roadworthy / Safety Certificate (QLD): Valid for a shorter duration, usually only two months or 2,000 km from the date of inspection; whichever comes first.

Note: Safety certificates can only be used once – you need a new certificate for each transfer!

When Do You Require a Roadworthy?

In QLD, a Roadworthy is mandatory for selling a registered vehicle or transferring ownership. It serves as confirmation that the vehicle adheres to the minimum safety criteria. The inspection encompasses various vehicle components such as brakes, tires, suspension, steering, and lighting systems and is undertaken by an AIS Approved Examiner, like ASAP Roadworthys.

Can Your Renew Your Pink Slip in Queensland?

Technically, yes. You wouldn’t be issued a Pink Slip, but instead a Roadworthy Safety Certificate. The Transport for NSW will accept a QLD roadworthy to renew your registration, provided that you reside more than 50 km of the New South Wales border.

However, if your NSW registration has expired, you will need to return to New South Wales and obtain a Blue Slip, in addition to a Pink Slip.

Ready for your roadworthy safety certificate inspection? ASAP Roadworthys is an an AIS Approved Examiner that can perform a mobile roadworthy on your vehicle. Simply use the online booking form to pick a time and date that suits you best.

Can You Transfer Your NSW Rego in Queensland?

Yes! Transferring your vehicle registration in Queensland comprises three simple steps:

  1. Start by ensuring you have valid compulsory third-party insurance (CTP insurance) that permits driving the vehicle for registration transfer purposes. This insurance can either be your existing interstate CTP Insurance or one obtained locally.
  2. Then, schedule a roadworthy safety certificate inspection with ASAP Roadworthys. Our service offers the convenience of coming to your location, eliminating the need to visit an assessment centre.
  3. Finally, after obtaining a roadworthy certificate, visit a Department of Transport and Main Roads centre in-person with all necessary documents to finalise the registration transfer.

If you are seeking a roadworthy in Queensland, book your inspection with ASAP Roadworthys for recognition, reliability, and quality service. With 14 days to rectify any issues found, ASAP Roadworthys can help you every step of the way with their expertise and professionalism.

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