Your questions, answered.


Roadworthy Certificates

Do I need a certificate of roadworthiness?

If you are selling a vehicle (or buying a vehicle without a certificate) you will most likely require a certificate in order to transfer ownership of the vehicle at a VicRoads office.

If you do not obtain a certificate, VicRoads will refuse to transfer ownership and your vehicle will remain in the seller’s name and may become deregistered. A certificate is also required to re-register used vehicles.

What do I do with the certificate?

The certificate is used when transferring vehicle ownership at your VicRoads office. VicRoads requires you to present the certificate along with the required forms and fee so that they can update their record of ownership.

Once you get your certificate, you should take it to your VicRoads office within 30 days. After 30 days, the certificate becomes expires and becomes invalid.

Who issues certificates?

A Certificate of Roadworthiness can only be issued by a licensed vehicle tester. VIA is licensed by VicRoads to conduct roadworthy inspections.

When can a certificate be issued?

The vehicle must pass a Roadworthy Inspection, and then a certificate is issued.

What is inspected?

The inspection is a check of the vehicle to ensure that key components have not worn or deteriorated and that the vehicle is safe for normal road use. A summary of inspection items can be viewed on the VicRoads Roadworthiness Requirements fact sheet.

A roadworthy inspection mainly covers the major safety related items, including:

– wheels and tyres
– steering, suspension and braking systems
– seats and seat belts
– lamps and reflectors
– windscreen, and windows including front windscreen wipers and washers
– the structure of the vehicle itself
– other safety related items on the body, chassis or engine.

The roadworthiness inspection is not a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of the vehicle. The certificate does not mean:

– the vehicle is in top condition without any wear or deterioration
– non-safety related accessories such as the air conditioner, electric windows etc. are working
– the items checked during the roadworthy inspection will continue to function after the inspection
e.g. a brake light can stop functioning at any time after the inspection.

If you require a comprehensive inspection of the overall condition and reliability of the vehicle VIA offers a Pre-Purchase Inspection service.

What if the vehicle fails the test?

If an item on your vehicle fails to meet the safety standards set by VicRoads, VIA will issue a rejection report. You will need to repair the item/s rejected and return the vehicle to VIA to be re-inspected. VIA will carry out your re-inspection up to 30 days after initial inspection.

How much does the test cost?

From $79 for Cars, Motorcycles and Scooters

$1 Roadworthy Inspection
Book in for a VIA Pre-Purchase Inspection and get a full roadworthy inspection included for just $1!

How long does a certificate last?

A Certificate of Roadworthiness is current, for the purposes of a transaction with VicRoads for thirty (30) days from the date of issue. This limit is set by VicRoads.

What if I have a problem with the inspection process
or certificate?

If you believe that your vehicle was not roadworthy when you were given a certificate by VIA or you have any concern regarding the inspection process, you can take following steps:

Please feel free to contact VIA if you have any concerns, we will be happy to help resolve any issues. You can also check that the item in question is part of roadworthiness inspection by viewing the VicRoads Roadworthiness Requirements fact sheet.

You can also contact VicRoads Vehicle Fitness Section on 1800 816 727 or 13 11 71 to ensure that information we provide is accurate.

Baby Seats

Which baby seat is right for me?

Choosing the correct baby seat can be especially intimidating considering the range of options, brands and accessories.

It is easy to get distracted by all of the marketing fluff used by manufacturers. Our advice is to focus on three key questions:

1. Is it easy to use? The seat with the highest safety rating can quickly become an unsafe seat if installed incorrectly. If the seat is confusing or difficult to install, the likelihood of incorrect installation increases. Therefore the “safest seat” in reality becomes unsafe.

2. Will it fit in your car? Seats vary considerably in size and dimensions. We recommend visiting your local baby seat retailer and asking if you can take a seat out to your car to see how it fits.

3. Which seat type is best for my situation? Family size, lifestyle and budget all play a role in answering this question. The tables below explain how each seat type can be used, and real-life examples below the tables show how the decision process can be managed.

Under 6 months...a properly fastened and adjusted rearward facing approved child restraint.
6 months – 4 years...a properly fastened and adjusted rearward facing, OR forward facing approved child restraint (with inbuilt harness). The type of restraint will depend on the child’s size.

4 years – 7 years
...a properly fastened and adjusted forward facing approved child restraint (with inbuilt harness), OR an approved booster seat with a properly fastened and adjusted lap-sash seatbelt. The type of restraint will depend on the child’s size.
Too big to fit in correct child restraint

Use a restraint in the next age category.



Capsule OR Convertible Baby Seat


Convertible Baby Seat OR Convertible Booster Seat (using inbuilt harness)

Convertible Booster Seat (without inbuilt harness) OR Booster Seat

Example 1
Sue is pregnant with her first child. She hasn’t decided if she will have more children, but it is an option. The family car is a small Toyota hatchback, and the budget for baby products is limited.

Sue understands that for at least the first 6 months her child must travel rearward facing. Because her budget is limited, she likes the idea of the convertible baby seat because she will be able to use it rearward facing and (when the time is right) forward facing as well. This type of seat should last her approximately 4 years.

Sue visits her local baby store and asks to take a seat out to her car to see how it fits. She tries a few seats, and eventually finds a convertible seat that takes up the least room in her Toyota hatchback.

Example 2
Rachael is currently using an infant carrier (capsule) for her child that is 9 months old. She knew the child could have been moved to a forward facing seat at 6 months, but she understands that rearward facing is much safer. Rachael is definitely having another child soon, and budget is of no concern. The family car is a late model SUV with plenty of room.

She chose to buy a capsule because she liked the idea of being able to remove the sleeping child from the car without disturbing it. She can also use the same capsule for the second child when it is born. Her current 9-month-old has outgrown the capsule (indicated by the size limit mark on the seat). Rachael decides that buying a convertible booster seat will be her best option now. She will be able to use this seat in a forward facing position from now until the approximate age of 4 years (making use of the inbuilt harness) and then use the same seat as a booster (without the inbuilt harness) until the approximate age of 7 years.

Because Rachael is planning on having another child soon, she will need to make sure that the current capsule and the new convertible booster fits in her SUV. She visits her local baby store with the capsule installed on the back seat, and asks if she can test a few convertible boosters. She finds one that fits well which also leaves enough room for a passenger to sit in the middle seating position.

Can I use a seat from overseas?

The simple answer is no. All child restraints used on our roads must be certified with the mandatory standard for child restraints for motor vehicles (AS/NZS 1754) which came into effect on 7 November 1978 and was last amended 7 May 2011. It covers various requirements for the design, construction, performance, user instructions, marking and packaging of child car restraints.

How long does a baby seat last?

Vehicle Inspections Australia recommends you don't use a seat if it is over 9 years old, or has been involved in a major or minor accident.

Part of our thorough installation process involves carefully checking seats for age, general condition and identifying hidden damage or potential defects.

About VIA

Where can I find out more information on VIA?

There are plenty of ways to find out more about VIA:
– Please visit our About page
Contact us directly
– View our Certified page

Why doesn’t VIA do repairs?

VIA is a completely independent unbiased service that removes the vested interest from vehicle inspections. We don’t do repairs, we are not aligned with any repairers nor do we sell car parts. Because of this you can be 100% sure that any faults that may be found on your vehicle will be honest and true...we have no reason to do otherwise!

Can you help me fix my vehicle?

Unfortunately the answer is “no”. In order to maintain our independent and unbiased service, we are unable to assist with repairs to your vehicle.

We are different to 99% of other licensed inspectors because of the fact we don’t do repairs, we are not aligned with any repairers nor do we sell car parts. It is in your best interest that we don’t repair vehicles, and we promise to keep it that way!

Are your employees certified inspectors, installers and mechanics?

Absolutely yes! Please visit our Team page to view all employees details, qualifications and certifications.

Is VIA licensed and/or certified?

Absolutely yes! Please visit our licensed, qualified and certified page for more information.

Where can I find the VIA inspection facility? How can I contact VIA?

Please visit our contact page.

Is it true I can get a RWC at VIA for just $1?

Yes! Please visit our RWC information page for more information.