Roadworthy Certificates

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The Certificate of Roadworthiness, also known as Roadworthy Certificate or RWC proves that your vehicle is safe to drive on the road. It is specially needed when a vehicle is being re-registered or sold to clear the included defect notices.

Having a roadworthy certificate for the vehicle is proof that the vehicle has passed the Roadworthy Test done by an authorised roadworthy inspector.

Mackay Diesel Centre offers Roadworthy Certificates for vehicles of all makes and models.

This test is designed as per the guidelines by the Department of Transport to ensure that the vehicle is suitable for Australian roads.

When is a Roadworthy Certificate required?

Roadworthy Certificate is not required for all cars but only for specific reasons. A Roadworthy Certificate is required in case of:

• re-registering an unregistered vehicle
• ownership transferring of a vehicle
• buying or selling of a registered vehicle
• registration transferring of a vehicle from another state

Vehicles that require roadworthy certificates

• Motorcycles
• Cars
• Large vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes
• Trailers

What is included in a Roadworthy Test?

This test focuses on certain areas of the vehicle to ensure that they are in good condition to be safely driven on the road. The areas covered in a Roadworthy Test are:

The number one reason why vehicles fail this test. Make sure they are not cracked, worn or have a tread depth less than 1.5 mm.
Steering and alignment components must be working properly.
Suspension must not be worn out.
Braking mechanism must work at high capacity without fail.
• Body of the vehicle
There should be no corrosion or damage on the body.
• Reflectors and lights
Lights must be working properly and not faded or cracked.
• Windscreen and windows
No chips or cracks in the windscreen or windows should be there.
• Safety related items on the body, chassis or engine
Vehicle must not have any engine or transmission oil leaks.
• Seats and seat belts
Seats and seatbelts must be working properly.

The inspector checks these areas to make sure they are working in acceptable conditions, even if not in their best conditions.

If any of these systems or components are not working properly, the Roadworthy Certificate is not issued.

What is not included in a Roadworthy Test?

This test is one to ensure the vehicle is able to run properly on the road. But it does not certify that all the parts are in their best conditions.

Getting a Roadworthy Certificate does not mean that:

• the vehicle complies with all Australian Design Rules (ADRs)
• the vehicle is in its best condition
• the vehicle does not have any wear or tear
• accessories in the vehicle not related to safety are working properly

These non-safety related checks can be done separately if you require.

For how long is a Roadworthy Certificate valid?

Roadworthy certificates are not valid for longer periods of time and last for 1000kms or three months.

How much does it cost to get a Roadworthy Certificate?

The cost of the Roadworthy test depends on the kind of vehicle. Other factors like age and state of the vehicle also play a role in determining the cost.

At Mackay Diesel Centre, we provide you with reasonable quotes considering all the above mentioned factors.

Get your Certificate of Roadworthiness from us

Get your vehicle to us for review by our authorised inspector. Our authorised inspector performs a careful Roadworthy Test to ensure that the vehicle is safe to be on the road. If you’re planning to sell or buy a vehicle, get it tested by us first.

What happens if the vehicle does not pass the Roadworthy test?

Roadworthy Certificate will not be issued in case your vehicle does not pass the roadworthy inspection.

However, we will let you know why it happened and also offer the necessary repairs.

Get your Roadworthy Certificate from Mackay Diesel Centre today.


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