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Just when are all states going to bring in compulsory 6 or at the most 12 monthly vehicle inspections.
The large number of rust buckets and cars in poor condition in South Australia alone indicates to me one reason why there are so many crashes,injuries and fatalities on the roads !

Last reply: 22nd Nov 2011 / 14 replies / Post by Idiotlad

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gpress

Posted by: gpress
Posted: 18th Nov 2010

gpress says: I agree. But when you purchase a new car you don't need an inspection for 5 years. I've seen heaps of "new" cars that don't have working brake lights, indicators etc and my last car scrubbed out the tyres in the first 6 months. In addition to the need to have vehicles checked regularly is that so many people constantly drive unregistered and uninsured vehicles. I think the use by the police of cameras that check for these unregistered vehicles etc is a good move to help keep the roads safe for everyone. Reply

MikeT

Posted by: MikeT
Posted: 12th Feb 2011

gpress says: I agree. But when you purchase a new car you don't need an inspection for 5 years. I've seen heaps of "new" cars that don't have working brake lights, indicators etc and my last car scrubbed out...

MikeT says: I agree with the 5 year rule in NSW, it's enough of a hassle as it is getting annual checks after the cars are 5 years old. There should be an exception for high mileage cars though, and I believe LPG cars still require an annual check (not that many people have gas fitted to a new car, in case it voids the warranty). Having said that, I think all Australian cars should have an annual inspection once they're 5 years and older. Reply

jaguar

Posted by: jaguar
Posted: 30th Nov 2010

jaguar says: ACT and NT seem to have the best systems, 12 monthly, very robust inspection stations. No inspection in Qld unless you are selling a car. Yearly inspections should be mandatory, in all ststes.-------talking as an ex mechanic--- Reply

Richie33

Posted by: Richie33
Posted: 3rd Jan 2011

Richie33 says: I agree with this. and also the fact that alot of them are driven by young inexperienced drivers. A car driven by someone who doesn't have the skills, and the car isn't upto its road standards, just adds to the problems Reply

Chubbz170

Posted by: Chubbz170
Posted: 13th Jan 2011

Chubbz170 says: defs Reply

amanda6393

Posted by: amanda6393
Posted: 17th Jan 2011

amanda6393 says: Definitely! I'm an ex mechanic and it amazed me how many cars we serviced which were flat out dangerous. Fleet vehicles in particular clock up kilometres very quickly (I've seen 12 month old cars with over 200,000km on the clock), and although they're usually serviced regularly it isn't uncommon for them to present with steel belts hanging out of tyres, no brakes broken suspension components, etc. How is it fair that these people/companies don't have to pay for an annual inspection but I do (and my 7 year old car hasn't yet done 60,000km)? Reply

E T

Posted by: E T
Posted: 25th Jan 2011

E T says: Yes 12 monthly safety inspections should be uniform im all states and I was always surprised to find this was not so as an ex mechanic. In Germany if you modify a car by putting a more powerful motor into it you must also beef up the brakes suspension and everything else to a vehicle standard that has that same engine. This applies no matter what the modification is if it increases engine power Reply

Cool

Posted by: Cool
Posted: 3rd Feb 2011

Cool says: If you want 6 monthly Checks, Move to NZ... they have been compulsory there for years... It's up to the police to catch non-conforming vehicles, and to my knowledge most of the Rust Buckets are actually driven quietly as their owners don't wish to attract the attention of the police.
Fatalities Injuries and Crashes are on the whole caused by inattention to the process of Driving, this is often caused by passengers, Sound systems, Cellphones, Bad Habits (Smoking, Eating, Preening, texting) Whilst driving and not keeping windows clean or allowing ample time to get to one's destination on time. Reply

Brat

Posted by: Brat
Posted: 8th Feb 2011

Brat says: In NZ we have to have 6 monthly inspections on cars. If you get caught with out your inspection done its an automatic $200 fine. It is a good idea but people still try and get around it. We still have plenty of rust buckets and dodgy vehicles on our roads too. Reply

MikeT

Posted by: MikeT
Posted: 12th Feb 2011

Brat says: In NZ we have to have 6 monthly inspections on cars. If you get caught with out your inspection done its an automatic $200 fine. It is a good idea but people still try and get around it. We still...

MikeT says: I've travelled NZ in hire cars- some of which wouldn't have passed a NSW inspection despite having recent WOF. As for Australian inspections, I've seen absolute shockers on the road outside NSW. Tyres completely bald, smoking, rattling, lights not working and no doubt poor brakes to match. There are different standards away from the capital cities, too, I had the equivalent of a Blue Slip done in Perth on an import (i.e. "over the pits"), several things were noted for remediation, the mechanic in the bush town I moved to waved all the Perth stuff away (including the child restraints I'd had fitted at some expense and hassle) and said the car was fine. Reply

mumtash

Posted by: mumtash
Posted: 11th Apr 2011

mumtash says: thats so true. But in nz we already have 6month vechicle inspectios. but there are still accidents because of an un road worthy car. you get the stupid people that do everything you need to pass this inspection but then as soon as they have passed they go home and make it all illegal again,, and as for a new car you dont need an inspection in 5 years thats stupid, yea they might be a new car but nothing stays neew in 5 years, you see them with break lights that dont work for example. Reply

3146bj

Posted by: 3146bj
Posted: 14th Apr 2011

3146bj says: Vehicle inspection programmes are not cost effective. Very few accidents are caused by vehicle faults. The only thing inspection programmes achieve is improved cash flow for the inspectors. From experience with the NSW system, the inspectors feel they must pick up something to justify their jobs, and most of what they do find is minor and without the potential to cause an accident.

If you want to reduce the accident rate, teach people to drive properly and not to just pass a test. Reply

paradox

Posted by: paradox
Posted: 13th Nov 2011

paradox says: Hi there Idiotland, whilst i agree with some of your sentiments on check-ups I can assure you that the people that need their cars checked urgently or have them pulled off the road are the ones that will find a friendly licensed shop to certify their vehicle. It is not hard in the Territory with that many rego inspection licensed mechanics around. Having said that I think it is criminal to take a car on the road that is not roadworthy. Reply

trix56

Posted by: trix56
Posted: 22nd Nov 2011

trix56 says: Idiotlad - yes what a name! Go over all the footage of these terrible accidents and you will find that a good deal of them are new or newish cars. These accidents are nearly always caused by "driver error" "speed" or "alcohol".
Not by unsafe cars! Reply

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