The first and easiest check is to check that all the lights are functioning while ensuring there are no cracked or faded lenses. Don’t forget the indicators and number plate lights, and if the car has fog lights they must be working as well. Check the brake lights by recruiting a friend to step on the pedal while you watch. Headlight bulbs are a cheap fix and can be bought for as little as $12 sometimes, with indicator/blinker and tail light bulbs starting at around $10 for a set. Instructions on how to change these should be in your car’s owner manual. This isn’t even considering spot lights or LED light bar rules.OK
Check for Warning lights on the dash board such as engine, ABS, Brake or any other warning lights, make sure the battery clamp is on and tight that all doors open and shut from both inside and outside, that all windows work all the way up and down and that there is washer fluid in the washers and all seat belts work and are not cut or frayed Make sure no Oil or Coolant leaks onto the ground or ExhuastOK
Worn tyres are another common failure. Ensuring they’re in good condition will not only increase your safety on the road but will also help reduce the overall running costs. Roadworthy tyres must have a tread depth of at least 1.5mm and be free from cracks. All vehicles have a different maximum rim and tyre size and can’t pertrode past the vehicle gard.OK
Any cracks or stone chips in the windscreen may cause a fail result ask a windscreen repairer or a AIS inspector before booking in Replacing cracked or old windscreen wiper blades will also help you avoid failing a rego inspection. Regardless of weather conditions, it’s crucial to have clear vision of the road and new windscreen wiper blades will help keep your windscreen clean. From as little as $15, you can do this simple check and replace if need be with basic tools.OK
At this point, you should look over the car for rust as anything that breaks the paint’s surface or creates a bubble in the duco may cause a fail Ask a AIS Inspector before or while you are booking in.OK
Keep an ear out for increased noise levels from your exhaust because this may indicate a leak, which can also lead to failing an inspection. See an exhaust shop before your inspection if you think there is a leak.OK
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Mobile pink slip trial
Roads and Maritime Services is facilitating a six month trial in selected areas to enable mobile safety inspections. If successful, the trial could lead to the service being available across the state, providing convenient and flexible options for obtaining an e-safety check for your vehicle.
The fee for the pink slip will remain the same, but call out fees may apply. The trial will be rolled out across the Illawarra, Sydney metropolitan, Central Coast, and Hunter areas for cars, motorcycles, trailers and caravans.
From 29 May 2018, customers will be able to contact approved providers and book in a mobile pink slip service. The register of authorised mobile examiners will be released soon.
Generally, light vehicles more than five years old require a safety check (previously called a pink slip) before you can renew the registration.
Light vehicles include:
Passenger cars Goods carrying vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass of 4.5 tonnes or less (without power-operated brakes)
Trailers and caravans with an aggregate trailer mass of 4.5 tonnes or less (including those fitted with breakaway brakes, but not including those fitted with air or vacuum (breakaway) braking systems).
Your registration renewal notice, except in the case of some point to point transport vehicles, will state whether or not you need an inspection.
Vehicles used to provide point to point transport services must have a safety check at least once a year.
Safety checks can only be performed at an Authorised Inspection Scheme station. The results will be sent to Roads and Maritime electronically.
Once your vehicle has passed the safety check inspection, you can renew the registration.
Validity of safety check inspection reports
Light vehicle safety check inspection reports are valid for six months (excluding public passenger vehicles). This means that you’ll need to use the report to renew registration within six months of having the safety check.
Failed safety checks
If your vehicle fails the safety check, you can't renew the registration until the required repairs are made.
The AIS station will issue a Repairs Needed report showing what repairs are required. If the repairs are completed within 14 days, the vehicle can be reassessed at the same AIS station with no additional safety check fees.
If you present your vehicle for reassessment after the 14 day period, you will need to pay another safety check inspection fee.
Once the repairs have been made and the vehicle passes the safety check, the AIS station will issue a safety check report, and you can renew your registration.