Is a Roadworthy the same as a Safety Certificate?

Many people often ask us: Is a roadworthy the same as a safety certificate? In Queensland, a roadworthy certificate and a safety certificate are indeed the same thing. Used interchangeably, it refers to an official document indicating that a vehicle has passed a safety inspection conducted by an AIS approved examiner. This certification is required when selling a registered vehicle, transferring registration to a new owner, or when re-registering an unregistered vehicle, with some exceptions (keep reading to learn more).


What does a Roadworthy Safety Certificate cover?

The purpose of the roadworthy or safety certificate is to ensure that vehicles on Queensland roads meet the minimum basic safety standards. These standards cover various aspects of the vehicle; including brakes, tyres, steering, suspension, body rust or damage, lights, windscreen, and other safety-related components. A roadworthy or safety certificate is required for all vehicles on the road, and is intended to reduce the risk of accidents by ensuring all vehicles on the road are in a safe and roadworthy condition.

However, it is important to note that a safety certificate inspection is not a comprehensive mechanical inspection on the quality, or life expectancy of a vehicle. If you are buying a used vehicle, you can contact ASAP Roadworthys for a pre-purchase inspection.


How to Obtain a Roadworthy Safety Certificate?

A safety certificate is required not only for cars, but also for motorcycles, trailers, caravans, and any vehicle up to 4,500kg gross vehicle mass (GVM). There are only certain exemptions for when a safety certificate is not required; such as when an unregistered vehicle is traded to a licensed auto dealer, or when a de-registered vehicle is being sold for parts. 

Obtaining a roadworthy or safety certificate involves a thorough inspection of the vehicle by an AIS or government approved examiner, such as ASAP Roadworthys. During the process, the Approved Examiner assesses various components of the vehicle to ensure they meet the minimum safety standards. If any issues are identified during the inspection, the owner must address them before the certificate can be electronically issued.

With ASAP Roadworthys, you have the benefit of 14 days to rectify any issues if you fail a roadworthy. If you do not have the failed components fixed within 14 days, the whole inspection will have to be carried out again at full cost.

Once the vehicle passes the inspection and receives the roadworthy or safety certificate, it indicates to the Department of Transport and Main Roads that the vehicle is safe to drive. Furthermore, it provides assurance to both buyers and sellers that the vehicle meets the necessary safety requirements, instilling confidence in the transaction.


Does a Roadworthy Safety Certificate expire?

It’s important to note that the validity period of a roadworthy or safety certificate is limited. Typically, a safety certificate is valid 2,000km or for 2 months (whichever expires first) from the date of issue. The only exception is if the safety certificate is issued by a licensed dealer, in which case it is valid for 1,000km or 3 months.

In addition, a safety certificate can only be used once per transfer. For example: You will need to purchase a new roadworthy safety certificate if you decide to sell a car youโ€™ve recently purchased despite the current safety certificate being valid.The seller must always organise the safety certificate and may be fined over $700 for failing to obtain and give a current safety certificate when selling a vehicle. 


So, YES! A Roadworthy Certificate is the SAME as a Safety Certificate.

In conclusion, while the terms “roadworthy certificate” and “safety certificate” may be used interchangeably in Queensland, they both refer to the same official document issued by the Department of Transport and Main Roads after a vehicle passes a safety inspection. These certificates play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of vehicles and are required for various transactions involving registered vehicles. Schedule your safety inspection today with ASAP Roadworthys using our convenient online booking form.

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