Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Skilled legal advice with
accessible & personal attention

Compulsory rego inspections – worth bringing back to the ACT?

By Reprobate 24 June 2008 40

Some recent posts about the driving skills (or lack therof) in Canberrans mentioned the increasing number of cars about town with blown headlights or brake/tail lights. I also notice that about 1 in every 10 cars in your average carpark have tyres that are marginal for tread at best or downright bald – especially on the outer edges. Then at least once every day I’ll see some smokey old dunger blasting along leaving a smoke haze that your average reggae audience could only dream of. These are all blindingly obvious things that just don’t seem to get picked up. What about dodgy brakes and stuffed steering components?

Given there is insufficient police numbers to – well – police these laws, and I havn’t seen any operation or evidence of the supposed Random Vehicle Inspections since about 2001, is there a need to re-introduce annual vehicle inspections?

Bring back annual vehicle inspections?

  • It might make me feel better about my neighbour's crap-box - that's worth inconveniencing the whole city for. (13%, 27 Votes)
  • No thank you (54%, 113 Votes)
  • Yes please (33%, 69 Votes)

Total Voters: 209

Loading ... Loading ...

I know it’s much more convenient for us (and the Government) to simply pay up our rego fee without having to dick about with inspections, getting stuff fixed that doesn’t make the car any cheaper to run and lining up at a Shopfont with the inspection paper. However, NSW – which has annual inspections (now for cars over 5yo only) – is introducing an electronic pink slip inspection report that reports online from the inspector to the RTA, which should address part of that problem.

At the moment, in theory, you could buy a new car and not have it inspected to make sure it was safe as long as you owned it – 10, 20 years or more. Sure, you’d probably replace the tyres when sparks came off them in corners and the brakes when the grinding metal sound got too loud – or turn up the stereo – but otherwise, nada. Service places could suggest replacements but I’ve seen people just pay for the oil change, grab the keys and drive off – after throwing the snotty, screaming fruit of their loins in the back seat. Bear in mind too that many owners of budget new cars – Hyundais, Kias, current model Barinas etc – just adopt a disposable product attitude to their car and it never goes in for a service.

I am not advocating the old “turn up to a Govt inspection station and wait in line for half a day before some old git who’s cranky cause the last car like yours dripped oil on this head fails your car because the number plate is 0.05mm below the Prescribed Standard” days. There are heaps of places which are Authorised Inspection Stations these days around town who do inspections for interstate transfers so that shouldn’t be a problem. Yes, you’ll still have a percentage of cars passed through that shouldn’t be on the nod and a wink of a mate. And you’ll still have a number of people driving around unregistered and not giving a stuff. But the overall numbers of roadworthy cars should improve – shouldn’t it? And maybe – just maybe – even one fatal accident due to a vehicle fault could be prevented?


What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
40 Responses to
Compulsory rego inspections – worth bringing back to the ACT?
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
minime2 3:30 am 14 Jul 08

seems that our way of doing things with vehicle inspections has caught on elsewhere – NSW will soon adapt to our way of doing things -v- their annual check for torn seats etc.

transaustralia 1:18 am 14 Jul 08

No way bring them back. What is there to prevent the punter being raped financially by mechanics who inflate the repair required list by stating problems that do not exist? In other places like NSW there is little oversight in this area. I know of many people who’ve been to one place, then had others tell them the bloke was trying to rip them off. The mechanics get away with this because its close to rego time, people need the renewal for their getting to work and living their life, and are frightened to complain and because if you’re busy working its a lot of hassle going around many places [plus paying inspection fee] to try and find an honest inspection.

Plus many poor punters get failed for frivolous things like tiny oil leaks, little bits of rust and that, ok really dangerous faults should be failed but if its not really dangerous or imminently likely to cause danger, then these garages are just rip off merchants. Why should that battler have to spent hundreds or thousands on possibly unnecessary repairs when his runaround car is probably worth less than the cost of the job?

ricketyclik 6:20 pm 27 Jun 08

I agree with previous posters’ observation that vehicle faults are VERY rarely responsible for accidents. It is almost always driver error.

I say drive with coathangers for throttle cables, just drive to the conditions and within your, your vehicle’s and the law’s limits.

la mente torbida 3:42 pm 26 Jun 08

OMG cranky, I had forgotten the times I joined the queue at Phillip at 7:00am……halfway down Botany street.

Now I take off my rose coloured glasses….Good riddance

cranky 9:38 am 26 Jun 08

The downside was the thousands of hours wasted by the owners waiting in the queue. There was a phone no to ring to see how many hours you would have to wait prior to inspection.

We do not need the bad old days to return. Good riddance.

la mente torbida 8:52 am 26 Jun 08

Seem to remember that on the bad old days of compulsory inspections….Canberra had the highest prices attained for second-hand vehicles

Felix the Cat 7:23 am 26 Jun 08

skaboy12 said :

I-filed said :

TOTALLY in favour of compulsory annual inspections in cars over five years old – provided the rego station gets with the times and opens on weekends and till 7 pm.

So now you expect me to work 8am to 7pm seven days a week?? Do you work this much?? How hard is it do it on a weekday or saturday between 8 and 3?? If you drop the car off at 8am we will even drive you to work during the week.

I work 8am-5pm 6 days so how would I go about getting my car inspected? Lots of businesses are open for late night shopping and/or weekends including Sunday all day do you really think their staff all do 60 hours+ a week? No. They have different staff on different shifts.

bd84 9:03 pm 25 Jun 08

A large proportion of the cars I see on the road with one headlight, 1.5 headlights or any other defect are under 10 years old.

Either bring back the compulsory inspections or increase the number of mobile inspections and police I say. I’ve seen the mobile inspections around – I see them one every 6 months or so, about as often as I see a police car on the road.

If they brought back the inspections it should be a simple $30-$40 roadworthy inspection and certificate from the mechanics once a year and electronic lodgement by the mechanic would be good. Nobody should have a problem with that seeing everyone should at least have their car serviced once a year at least. If you maintain the car yourself pay to do the registered inspector test or whatever the requirement is, of go pay the $40 for the inspection.

As for the pople saying defect cars are no more likely to be involved in an accident, good luck explaining that to the police when you crash your piece of crap car and they’re writing out your multiple tickets or your summons.

VicePope 7:58 pm 25 Jun 08

Time was when an ACT used car was valued highly. It came from inland, and was less likely to have been battered by salt spray. That’s still the case. But, as well, someone relatively disinterested had looked at it pretty thoroughly within the last 12 months. So the odds were better that it was not full of rust or bits of filler or bits about to fall off. In NSW at the same time, it was famously possible to get anything registered provided you went to the right mechanic and bought enough stuff to make it worth his while – wiper blades for regular customers, a new tyre if he sold them.

It was an encumbrance – the inspectors were, after all, ACT public servants with all the dynamism that conveys and they really liked having an easy time on Friday afternoons, so if you went then, you’d get failed. And a marginal car might be ticked if driven by an attractive young woman or if it contained a couple of screaming toddlers.

But I’d suggest the cars on the road were a lot more reliable because of it. If you blew a headlight or had a tyre that was looking like Kojak, you’d replace it. If your brakes were more like squealy slowing devices, you’d get failed.

imhotep 5:57 pm 25 Jun 08

smokey4 said :

“A couple of years ago broke a throttle cable at Yass and drove to Melbourne using a piece of wire up through the bonnet and through the driverside window.”

“Blew a rear brake cylinder in Melbourne last xmas and drove her back to Canberra on the front brakes.”

…And therein is the reason we need to have compulsory inspections. Pain though they are.

.

smokey4 5:32 pm 25 Jun 08

Re Roadrage77 – I am a big enough target with out giving full details on riotact.
Vehicle needs new rubber has 700,00kms on the clock and looks it.

I was a bit worried a couple of weeks ago when I drove to Melbourne. Had a NSW police car follow me from Sutton to Murambateman. Pulled over on the gravel just prior to Murrambateman to let him pass then followed him to Yass.

A couple of years ago broke a throttle cable at Yass and drove to Melbourne using a piece of wire up through the bonnet and through the driverside window. Bloody cold that night.

Blew a rear brake cylinder in Melbourne last xmas and drove her back to Canberra on the front brakes.

Has its moments but managed to avoid any serious problems in the last 24 years in this vehicle.

Spideydog 4:05 pm 25 Jun 08

I can tell you that joint RTA/Police random vehicle inspection do occurr on a regular basis and that in general policing, defective vehicles (including cracked windscreens, defective lights and balding tyres) are picked up on a daily basis. You may not see it happening, but does happen.

Loose Brown 1:51 pm 25 Jun 08

I had a nice note on my windscreen letting me know to change my tyres when I went to drive home one day. Fair cop – went and did it. I’d rather that than hanging around for hours at the rego.

skaboy12 1:39 pm 25 Jun 08

I-filed said :

TOTALLY in favour of compulsory annual inspections in cars over five years old – provided the rego station gets with the times and opens on weekends and till 7 pm.

So now you expect me to work 8am to 7pm seven days a week?? Do you work this much?? How hard is it do it on a weekday or saturday between 8 and 3?? If you drop the car off at 8am we will even drive you to work during the week.

Geez, I am over people expecting us to work around thier working hours, its not like we have families or anything. We open saturday and we open longer that day than any of the other places around. I have a life and a family and I expect that I can spend some time with them.

lemaChet 11:23 am 25 Jun 08

Of course, then there’s the large dealers in belconnen with Lion logos who pass your NSW registered car for a pink slip, even though the brake lights don’t work (blown bulb but that’s not the point) with not even a word to the client about it, leaving them to find out themselves.

Roadrage77 11:18 am 25 Jun 08

smokey4 said :

My vehicle has not been near a mechanic or reg station since 1984

What are you driving smokey? Obviously not a Holden Camira if you’ve managed to go for a quarter of a century without hitting up a grease monkey.

smokey4 10:56 am 25 Jun 08

My vehicle has not been near a mechanic or reg station since 1984 and carries Vic Reg and will contiue to carry Vic reg to avoid this. Wonder how much revenue will be lost by cars being registered in Vic to avoid an annual inspection?

The cars I see in “accidents” are not the old bangers but the hotted up Subies and the like. The problem is the driver not the car.

Roadrage77 9:23 am 25 Jun 08

Worst idea ever.

Mechanical faults/unroadworthiness account for roughly 0.2% of accidents according to ABS data. The rest are human error.

Additionally, independent inspectors are notorious for over-inspecting cars and finding “faults” so as to garner busniess by way of repairs. Those who drive older model cars (the same people who can least afford it) tend to get financially raped by such inspections.

Last time I took an older car over the pits they failed me on such things as:

-slightly loose air-conditioning switch
-CD player bracket missing a screw
-indicator light flashing too quickly
-Window tint too dark (despite the tint being factory installed)

Now tell me how any of these faults make me a danger to others on the road.

p1 9:21 am 25 Jun 08

…the system in NZ….done at most garages…..cost about $40…. done every six months.

About the same cost as a rego check here, also done by the mechanic, difference is you only have to do it once at purchase.

I just got it done when the car was serviced, no dramas really. The garage put the sticker on the car for you, and filed the paperwork.

This is great, but what if you service your own vehicle?

NoAddedMSG 7:55 am 25 Jun 08

Sleaz274 said :

What a useless waste of time and money for all involved. Your car is your responsibility.

The problem with this is there is an assumption that all people are responsible, which simply isn’t true.

Car accidents have an unfortunate habit of affecting more than just the person who drives the car which loses control on the wet road due to bald tires, what about the on-coming car which gets collected along the way?

I never had a problem with the system in NZ when I was there. Your car has to be registered (which is a lot cheaper than here) and separate to that you have to maintain a Warrant of Fitness. This can be done at most garages, it cost (8 years ago) about $40, and it had to be done every six months. I just got it done when the car was serviced, no dramas really. The garage put the sticker on the car for you, and filed the paperwork.

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2018 Region Group Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site