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Why Are Roadworthy Inspections Needed?

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Ensuring Safety on the Road with a Roadworthy Inspection

Navigating the requirements of roadworthy inspections in New South Wales is a necessity for most drivers. Have you ever wanted clarification on the process of an eSafety check, information on why we even need roadworthy checks and even the most common reasons for failure so you can prepare?

Tyrepower Kogarah is a licensed Authorised Inspection Station (AIS) and we’re here to make it as simple as possible.

What is a Roadworthy Inspection?

In NSW, a roadworthy inspection is often referred to as a 'pink slip' or 'eSafety check'. Roads NSW states that roadworthy inspections are mandatory for vehicles older than five years for the purposes of renewing your vehicle registration.

This inspection ensures that your vehicle is in a safe and roadworthy condition to be driven on public roads. A roadworthy check evaluates various aspects of your vehicle, including brakes, tyres, lights, steering, suspension, and other critical components.

Over the years, the roadworthy check has been referred to by a few different names, including Pink Slip and eSafety Checks.

  • Pink Slip: A common colloquial term used for the roadworthy inspection certificate.
  • eSafety Check: The digital version of the pink slip, transmitted electronically to the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

Are Roadworthy Inspections a Good Thing?

There are several reasons why the NSW roadworthy inspections scheme is a good system, and is much more than an inconvenience.

Mandatory roadworthy inspections play a crucial role in maintaining road safety.

Ensure Vehicle Safety

Roadworthy inspections promote vehicle safety by helping to identify potential hazards like worn brakes or bald tires which can lead to accidents. During a roadworthy inspection tyres, lighting, windows, seatbelts and airbag systems are inspected.

Promote Regular Maintenance

Encourages vehicle owners to keep their vehicles in top condition and keep up with preventative maintenance. This means that there is less work and cost to ensure your vehicle is ready for its next inspection. Things like noisy exhausts, oil and fluid leaks as well as windscreen wipers are looked over for signs of damage.

Enhance Environmental Standards

As part of a roadworthy check, we’ll look at all of your emissions control equipment, ensuring that your vehicle is in compliance, which helps in reducing environmental pollution.

Common Reasons for Roadworthy Inspection Failures

If you want to minimise the chances of failing your roadworthy inspection, have a quick look around your car for some obvious reasons for most of our failed roadworthy inspections:

  • Worn Tyres: Tyres with insufficient tread depth or uneven wear can lead to a failed inspection.
  • Defective Lights: All lights, including brake lights and indicators, must be fully operational.
  • Windscreen Damage: Significant cracks or chips can obstruct the driver's view.
  • Suspension Issues: Poor suspension not only affects driving comfort but also vehicle control.
  • Faulty Brakes: Compromised braking systems are a major safety risk.

Technician inspecting brake and tyre systems.

What Happens if I Fail an Inspection?

First off, we’re not interested in failing vehicle inspections just for the fun of it, we’ll try and work with you to ensure your vehicle passes your inspection first time. Minor issues such as blown bulbs or old wipers can usually be replaced on the spot.

However, if your vehicle fails the inspection for an issue that requires more in-depth remedial work, you will receive a report detailing the issues that need to be addressed. You then have 14 days to repair these faults and bring the vehicle back to us to be re-inspected.

What Happens After a Successful Inspection?

Once your vehicle passes the inspection, the pink slip or eSafety check report is sent electronically to the RMS and we’ll let you know. This report is valid for six months and is a prerequisite for renewing your vehicle’s registration.

With a successful inspection, you can drive confidently, knowing your vehicle meets the safety standards set by NSW authorities.

Regular roadworthy inspections are not just about compliance; they are about ensuring that every journey you make is safe for you, your passengers, and fellow road users. Stay informed, stay safe, and ensure your vehicle is always roadworthy.

Book your vehicle inspection at Kogarah Tyrepower. We pride ourselves on fast turnaround times, a convenient location and a huge range of tyres in stock, should you require a set to pass your roadworthy inspection.

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