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Vehicle Safety Check

Vehicle Safety Check is mandatory in many countries, the procedure is typically regulated by the state’s law.

Vehicle Safety Check in the US

Vehicle safety check requirements are set by the states individually. In Maryland and Alabama, most used vehicles are required undergo a safety check prior to being transferred or sold. In Nebraska, safety inspection is required only when a vehicle is brought from another jurisdiction. The following 17 states practice annual or biennial safety inspection programs:

  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Each state has its own vehicle safety inspection checklist and uses either annual or biennial scheme applied to all vehicles but for a few exceptions listed by each state individually, when a regular annual scheme is applied instead of biennial, and vise versa. The exceptions based on the age of the vehicle, date of the previous inspection, type of the vehicle, etc. For more information, please check vehicle safety check requirements for individual states (see the list above).

A vehicle that passes the inspection is issued an Inspection Certificate, Vehicle Safety Checklist, Vehicle Safety Inspection Sticker or another documentation form established by the state.

The following states do not require vehicle safety checks (inspections):

  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Indiana

Vehicle Safety Check in the UK

Vehicle Safety Check is a part of the mandatory annual test passed by every vehicle over three years old at the Department Of Transport. The test also includes exhaust emissions and roadworthiness checks.

Vehicle Safety Check in Australia

If you live in Australia, the answer is YES in any of the following is true:

  • You want register a heavy vehicle (annual inspections are required for all heavy vehicles which include safety and identity checks)
  • You want to register a light vehicle not currently registered in NSW
  • An inspection is required according to your registration renewal notice
  • You want to renew the registration for a vehicle that is more than 5 years old?

Vehicle safety checks in Australia are done at Authorised Inspection Stations (AIS), a system of stations administered by Roads and Maritime Services. AIS system includes:

  • Authorised Safety Check Inspecion Station (ASCIS) which inspects the following types of vehicles:

  • Motorcycles
  • Buses up to 2.5 tonnes tare
  • Light commercial vehicles up to 5 tonnes tare and cars ( except vehicles with power-operated brakes)
  • Light caravans and trailers up to 2 tonnes GTM (except vehicles with breakaway brakes)

  • Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station (AUVIS) which inspects the following types of vehicles:

  • Motorcycles
  • Buses up to 2.5 tonnes tare
  • Light commercial vehicles up to 5 tonnes tare and cars ( except vehicles with power-operated brakes)
  • Light caravans and trailers up to 2 tonnes GTM (except vehicles with breakaway brakes)

  • Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Station (HVAIS) which inspects the following types of vehicles:

  • Vehicles with power-operated brakes
  • Prime movers
  • Buses 2.5 tonnes tare weight and over
  • Heavy vehicles (over 5 tonnes tare weight and over 4.5 tonnes GVM)
  • Licensed tow trucks
  • Trailers fitted with breakaway brakes or 2 tonnes GTM and over

  • Authorised Crane Inspection Station (ACIS) which inspects the following types of vehicles:

  • Purpose-built and truck-based cranes over 12 tonnes GVM with an axle or axle group over mass.

Vehicle Safety Check - Ensure Your Safety!

We highly recommend to start vehicle check with VIN number check (if the vehicle is registered in the US or Canada) or vehicle registration check (to vehicles registered in the UK), for a number of reasons. First, you need to be a qualified mechanic to actually be able to check all the potential safety issues. A detailed used car inspection guide, which also includes some vehicle safety check issues, can be found on our website. However, an inspection by an independent expert is highly recommended in all cases (even if your will have to pass a safety check at your state’s inspection station). The procedure is costly, so needless to say that you should order independent inspection only when you are not so far from being sure that the car is a good deal.

And don’t forget about vehicle safety check from the legal view point. Buying a stolen car means losing the vehicle and the money paid for it at the least. Being sued for using stolen property may aggravate this already depressing situation. Running trough this daily vehicle inspection checklist will also help you ensure you safety on the road.