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Will My Car Pass a Roadworthy ?

To help you have a better understanding of the requirements of passing a roadworthy test - we have provided this short list of just some of the standards your vehicle must have in order to be provided a Roadworthy Certificate.


The only way to know for sure that your car will pass a roadworthy test is to have a roadworthy inspection performed by an authorised inspection station - Call Total Car Care today to book a fast and honest Roadworthy test for your car !


Remember : This information is by no means an complete list of requirements, nor does it explain in full exactly what is needed to past a roadworthy test - but will help give you an idea of problems which could be found during a roadworthy inspection, and prepare you for any costs involved in passing an RWC test.


Wheel and Tyre Roadworthy test requirements >>
Wheels, rims and tyres must be free of cracks or any other damage that could cause failure of the tyre, wheel or rim.
The wheel/rim must not be dented, buckled or out of balance.
You cannot have a "temporary use" spare tyre fitted as a road wheel.
If you have spoke wheels, all spokes must be intact, straight, fitted and laced or tensioned correctly.
When facing in the straight ahead position -the wheels and tyres must not project beyond the width of the mudguards or contact any part of the vehicle during any combination of steering or suspension.
Wheels must be securely attached with the correct type and number of studs, nuts or both. Tyres must have a MINIMUM tread depth of 1.5mm at any point on the tread which will be in normal contact with the road (other than at tyre tread indicators) If tread wear indicators are present the tyre cannot be so worn that the indicators contact the road surface. Tyre size must be compatible with the rim size. Retreaded tyres must be must be marked with the Id of the retreader and the word "retreaded" along with any relevant markings required by the Australian standard Remember : This is not the full list of requirements for a roadworthy test it is just a short list of some things which could be faulted on your vehicle. For a more comprehensive rundown visit http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/1EDB44D4-0729-457B-BC74-4AAD84A6F8EC/0/VSI26_1212_WEB.pdf. The only way to know is to have a roadworthy test done by a licensed tester. Call us today.
Steering and Suspension Roadworthy test requirements >>

The vehicle must drive straight without wandering or pulling left or right when driving straight ahead.
All steering components must be securely and correctly mounted and free from damage or excessive wear, including dust and grease seals.
Power steering fittings should be free of oil leaks.
There must be adequate clearance between suspension components and the vehicles body.
All joints, bushes, pivots, dust and grease seals, wheel bearings and mounts must be in good condition.
Shock absorbers and struts must be securely mounted and free from leaks.

Remember : This is not the full list of requirements for a roadworthy test it is just a short list of some things which could be faulted on your vehicle. For a more comprehensive rundown visit http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/1EDB44D4-0729-457B-BC74-4AAD84A6F8EC/0/VSI26_1212_WEB.pdf The only way to know is to have a roadworthy test done by a licensed tester. Call us today to book in a roadworthy or discuss your needs.

Brakes Roadworthy test requirements >>

All brake components must be functioning correctly be mounted securely and appropriately located.
All brake components must be free from visible wear, distortion or damage.
Vehicle parking and emergency brakes must be functioning correctly.
Park brakes must be capable of keeping the vehicle stationary on any grade of hill up or down.
Brake lights (warning signs) must be fitted correctly and functioning.
Car horn must be working correctly ( warning signs)
Brake systems must be free of leaks.
Brake linings must not be worn down to the wear indicators.
Remember : This is not the full list of requirements for a roadworthy test it is just a short list of some things which could be faulted on your vehicle. For a more comprehensive rundown visit
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/1EDB44D4-0729-457B-BC74-4AAD84A6F8EC/0/VSI26_1212_WEB.pdf .  The only way to know is to have a roadworthy test done by a licensed tester. Call us today.

Seats and Seatbelts Roadworthy test requirements >>

All seats must be secure and structurally sound with no jagged edges or protrusions sticking out.
The drivers seat in particular should be free from any defect that could impede driving ability.
Seat sliders must be functioning correctly and free of any looseness.
If present head restraint must be secure and in a sound condition.
Seatbelts must be present.
Seatbelt webbing must be firmly secured and free from cuts, damage, wear, knots or fraying.
Any seatbelt component cannot be modified.


Remember : This is not the full list of requirements for a roadworthy test it is just a short list of some things which could be faulted on your vehicle. For a more comprehensive rundown visit
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/1EDB44D4-0729-457B-BC74-4AAD84A6F8EC/0/VSI26_1212_WEB.pdf .  The only way to know is to have a roadworthy test done by a licensed tester. Call us today.

General Vehicle Roadworthy test requirements >>

Steering wheel covers must be securely fitted
All steering and control wheel knobs and pedals must function correctly and cannot be deteriorated to an extent which affects performance
Vehicles manufactured after 1 July 1988 must have a functioning speedometer calibrated in km/h
All motor vehicles must have rear vision mirror capable of providing a clear view to the rear of the vehicle.
All vehicles must be fitted with one or more effective horns or warning devices capable of producing a steady sound of constant pitch.
Fuel filler caps must be present,  secure and seal properly. Plastic emergency caps are not acceptable

Remember : This is not the full list of requirements for a roadworthy test it is just a short list of some things which could be faulted on your vehicle. For a more comprehensive rundown visit
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/1EDB44D4-0729-457B-BC74-4AAD84A6F8EC/0/VSI26_1212_WEB.pdf .  The only way to know is to have a roadworthy test done by a licensed tester. Call us today.

Lights, Signals and Reflectors Roadworthy test requirements

Light requirements vary greatly with vehicle type, but as a general rule all vehicles must be fitted with headlamps, stop lamps (brake lights), front and rear position lamps and number plate lamp and turn signal lamps (blinkers) and they must be in reasonable working order.
All lenses or light covers must be of the correct colour, clean , free of damage and not faded.
Headlamp reflectors must be in good condition.
All lamps and lights must be securely fitted and facing correctly.
Remember : This is not the full list of requirements for a roadworthy test it is just a short list of some things which could be faulted on your vehicle. For a more comprehensive rundown visit
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/1EDB44D4-0729-457B-BC74-4AAD84A6F8EC/0/VSI26_1212_WEB.pdf .  The only way to know is to have a roadworthy test done by a licensed tester. Call us today.

Windscreen and Windows Roadworthy test requirements >>
All glass that is necessary for the driver to see the road and other road users must be free of damage and cannot be altered to the extent that it prevent safe use of the vehicle.
Chips, scratches or cracks in the windshield to the extent that the drivers vision is impaired is not acceptable although minor wear and tear can sometimes be approved, this also applies to side windows.
Windscreens primary vision area cannot be tinted to more than 70% in vehicles made after 1971.
Tinting in the primary vision area of the windscreen must have been manufactured not via coating or tint films added after manufacture.
Windscreen wipers must be fitted correctly and working effectively.
Windscreen washer jets must be positioned correctly
Remember : This is not the full list of requirements for a roadworthy test it is just a short list of some things which could be faulted on your vehicle. For a more comprehensive rundown visit
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/1EDB44D4-0729-457B-BC74-4AAD84A6F8EC/0/VSI26_1212_WEB.pdf .  The only way to know is to have a roadworthy test done by a licensed tester. Call us today.
Vehicle Body and Chassis Roadworthy test requirements >>

The structural components of the vehicle must be free from damage, cracks, faulty repairs or modifications, rust or any other condition which could cause structural failure or affect safety related issues.
the vehicles floor must be sound and free of any loose material, objects or tears which could be likely to impede the drivers ability to safely operate the vehicle.
All door, boot, lid, bonnet, hatch and tailgate latches and latch mechanisms need to be in correct working order.
Mudflaps are required on vehicles with a tray type body.
Bumper bars must be securely fitted and designed to eliminate any sharp corners or protrusions.
Towbars must be in good condition.

Remember : This is not the full list of requirements for a roadworthy test it is just a short list of some things which could be faulted if found to be incorrect on your vehicle.  For a more comprehensive rundown visit

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