When it comes to the Roadworthy & Safety Certificates Toowomba drivers need to sell or re-register their vehicle, we've got the answers! Roadworthy Certificates (RWCs) have been known as Safety Certificates since 1999, but either name is acceptable. The RWC is an official document that shows a vehicle has passed a number of safety checks. It is a legal requirement for a vehicle to have a valid RWC in Toowomba before it can be re-registered (following a de-registration), be the subject of a change in registration, be sold, or be registered in another state. How can I get an RWC? Before an RWC can be issued, the vehicle needs to have a roadworthy inspection. This follows a set format that's been determined by the government. It also costs a set amount: $86.20. The roadworthy inspection needs to be carried out at a registered Approved Inspection Station (AIS), by a suitably qualified mechanic. In some cases, a mechanic from an AIS can test the vehicle when it's elsewhere, provided the right equipment and tests are completed. What's covered in the inspection? The inspection covers basic checks on steering, bodywork, brakes, suspension, lights, tyres, and the windscreen. It doesn't cover checks on anything else, so
if you're concerned about any other aspect of your vehicle's performance, you'll need to get it checked out separately. For buyers, it's important to remember that an RWC isn't proof the vehicle is in good condition - it may require expensive work before it can be driven, but still have a valid Safety Certificate. What happens if the vehicle doesn't pass? In order to increase the chances of passing the first time, some car owners opt for a pre-inspection check. This mirrors the test, enabling flaws to be identified and rectified before the RWC check is completed. In the event that a vehicle fails, repairs need to be completed within 14 days, and checked by the AIS, before a certificate can be issued. The repairs needn't be carried out by the team at the AIS, although some motorists find this is the most convenient option. If repairs aren't completed within the 14 day period, a fresh test will need to be booked (and paid for), before an RWC can be awarded. Is a paper or electronic RWC best? Both electronic and paper Safety Certificates are offered by Toowomba AIS. Both can be used as evidence that the vehicle has passed its roadworthy test.