Roadworthiness checks are essential for motorists and motorcyclists to ensure that their vehicle is safe, efficient and reliable. These checks are performed all over the world, but how they are carried out will vary depending on what country or even state you are in.

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While the roadworthiness checks differ depending on where you are in the world, you will find that there are also similarities particularly when it comes to motorcycles. In the UK, the MOT check will focus on similar areas to that in Australia. This includes:

  • Lights: General condition, performance and that they are secure.
  • Steering & suspension: Forks, handlebars, grip mountings, head bearings, swinging arm and other features are all secure and working properly.
  • Wheels & tyres: Condition, tread depth, secure, valve condition.
  • Frame: No cracks, damage, corrosion or distortion.
  • Braking: Condition, operation and performance of brakes and brake controls.
  • Exhaust: Not too noisy and that it is secure and complete.
  • Fuel System: Security of components and no leaks.
  • Wheel alignment: Correct alignment of front and rear wheels

These are a few of the main checks that are completed and similar to an Australian roadworthiness check. Motorcycle owners can easily book an MOT online within the UK and will need to do this every year.

Australian rules

In Australia, the rules vary in different states and territories but they are not required as often as the British MOT. Typically, a safety certificate is only needed when a car is sold, it is past a certain age or if it has been declared a write-off but is still salvageable. Here are the requirements for a few of the main territories:

Australian Capital: Certificate needed if the vehicle is changing owner and over 6 years old or if a vehicle from another state is being registered in the Australian Capital Territory.

New South Wales: Owners notified if a check is required on their registration renewal notice.

Northern Territory: Inspection needed if a car from another state is being registered or a renewal of a registration if the vehicle is more than 3 years old. Older vehicles need an inspection every year to renew registration.

Getting Prepared

No matter where they are, motorcyclists will always want to make sure that they have the best chance of passing. The best way to do this is with basic maintenance throughout the year and testing all of the MOT checks beforehand. If any features have signs of damage or excessive wear, you should get these repaired/replaced beforehand.

Roadworthiness checks vary slightly depending on where you are in the world, but there are similarities and motorcyclists will always want to make sure that their bike is in good condition. Hopefully, this post will be useful and help you to keep your car in a roadworthy condition throughout the year.


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