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What is involved in a Heavy Vehicle Roadworthy Certificate inspection in Queensland?

In Queensland, a heavy vehicle roadworthy certificate is required for all vehicles with a Gross Mass (GM) of over 4.5 tonnes. The certificate is designed to ensure that these vehicles are safe and legal to drive on the state’s roads. Several things are looked at during the inspection process to determine whether or not a vehicle is roadworthy, such as brakes, suspension and tyres.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what is involved in obtaining a heavy vehicle roadworthy certificate in Queensland.

What’s on the heavy vehicle inspection checklist?

Several components are looked at during a heavy vehicle roadworthy test. The following is a list of some of the most important items:

  • brakes
  • suspension
  • tyres
  • engine and gearbox
  • lighting and reflectors
  • windscreen wipers and washers

The inspector will also check that the driver’s seat is in the correct position, as well as the mirrors. They will also make sure that all safety signage is in place and legible.

When do I need to get my heavy vehicle roadworthy certificate inspected?

If your vehicle is over 4.5 tonne, you are required to obtain a QLD Inspection Certificate or Heavy Vehicle Certificate of Inspection (COI), yearly (every 12 months) by a Queensland Transport approved examiner. 

How much does a heavy vehicle inspection cost?

An inspection can range in prices depending on a few factors. The size of the vehicle, the type of inspection and whether it’s a first-time or annual inspection all play a part in how much you’ll pay. Generally, though, an inspection will cost somewhere between $100 and $300.

Why do I need my heavy vehicle roadworthy certificate inspected?

The main reason why you are required to obtain a roadworthy certificate is to ensure that your vehicle is safe to operate on Queensland roads. Heavy vehicles that are not roadworthy can be dangerous to other drivers and passengers on the road, as well as pedestrians.

If my heavy vehicle doesn’t pass the inspection, what do I need to do?

If your heavy vehicle does not pass the inspection, you will need to have the necessary repairs carried out by an authorised repairer before you can reapply for a COI. You may also be required to provide additional documentation to support your application.

The MK Equipment Services team is made up of qualified mechanics, boilermakers, exhaust fitters and welders who all deliver superior workmanship. Contact the team at MK Equipment Services today on (07) 3272 9519 if you have any questions about what is involved in a Heavy Vehicle Roadworthy Certificate inspection in Queensland.

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