Car Inspection Services for Roadworthy Certificate


Roadworthy certificate is an essential requirement without which a vehicle owner cannot sell or re-register the vehicle. Transferring the registration of the vehicle to a new owner also requires a roadworthy certificate. The purpose of this certificate is to prevent defective and poorly maintained vehicles from plying the roads, thereby protecting both the driver as well as the general public from accidents. The issuance of a roadworthy certificate implies that the vehicle is in safe condition with its various working parts operating smoothly.
Purpose of the roadworthy certificate:
Roadworthy certificate is issued only after a thorough inspection of the vehicle by trained technicians. The inspection must be carried out only by a licensed testing agency authorized to issue such certificates. There are many licensed testing agencies available in the market, both public and private, for carrying out the inspections. Without roadworthy certificate, you cannot sell your car and new buyer cannot re-register the car on his/her name. This certificate does not imply that your car is brand new and it is a fitness certificate of your car which implies that your car is safe to drive on road. The roadworthy certificate has few month validations and if you want to transfer the ownership of the car then you must transfer the name within this timeframe.
What all are inspected?
The main aim of the inspection is to check whether or not the car is safe for driving on the road. The roadworthy certificate is issued only if no safety issues are discovered after a thorough inspection of the following components.
The overall strength of the body or structure of the vehicle.
The overall condition of the tyres and wheels.
The state of the braking, steering and suspension systems of the vehicle.
Condition of the engine and chassis.
The mechanism and strength of the seat belts and the condition of the seats.
Condition of the headlights, tail lights and reflectors for night driving.
The working condition of the windscreen wipers.
State of the windows and windscreen washer.
Condition of the gears.
Working condition of the accelerator pedal and clutch.
Brake warning light.
The condition of the exhaust and emission system.
Working of the speedometer.
Wheel balance.
The condition of the air bags system.
These were just some of the many components that are inspected by the vehicle testers. Testing of any other component that may be important for the safety of the vehicle can also be carried out before issuing a roadworthy certificate.
The components that are not important from the safety point of view are usually not included in the inspections for road worthiness. For example, audio systems or air conditioning are not checked in such inspections. Thus, a roadworthy certificate does not reflect the general condition of the vehicle. It just certifies that the vehicle is safe to be driven on roads.
What if the vehicle fails to pass the inspection?
The vehicle may be deemed unfit to be driven by the testing agency. In such a case, the agency gives a complete list of the problems detected in the vehicle requiring rectification. The agency also provides an estimate of the expenses that would be incurred for repairing the vehicle. The owner can choose to get it repaired by the testing agency itself or some other mechanic. The second inspection takes place after seven days. This is the time period within which the owner must get the vehicle repaired.
The re-inspection after seven days is usually offered free of cost by the agencies. The roadworthy certificate is issued if all the problems encountered in the first inspection are eliminated.