Understanding your vehicle inspection report

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​All vehicles need to be tested for roadworthiness to ensure they are in good condition, both from an environmental point of view as well as for road safety. Once your vehicle has completed the test, you will receive a vehicle inspection report with the results. CARFAX has put together a list of the possible results and what they mean for you, the driver.

Vehicle inspection report with approved status

If your vehicle has passed the roadworthiness test without any problems, your vehicle inspection report will reflect this result. This is the most desired result, because as the owner of the vehicle, there’s nothing else you have to do.

If you receive a rejection on your vehicle inspection report

There are several types of rejections which you may find listed on your vehicle inspection report. The are as follows, listed in order of severity:

Rejection without need for retest

If your vehicle inspection report declares that the problems with your vehicle are not too severe, you will be allowed to have the problems fixed without the need for a follow up inspection. The one condition is that you are not allowed to drive the vehicle more than necessary until the problems have been addressed. In the event that you are pulled over by the police, and your vehicle has not yet been repaired, you then will be required to have a retest.

Additionally, if your vehicle has the same problems at the next official inspection, you will then be required to have a retest within a specific period of time to ensure the problems have been fixed.

Rejection with the need for retest

If your vehicle inspection report indicates that your vehicle has more serious defects, you will be required to have the vehicle repaired. It also needs to undergo another roadworthiness test within a specific period of time. You should not use the vehicle until the problems have been addressed. If the vehicle has not returned for it’s retest, a driving ban will be issued.

One way around having a retest is to have the vehicle repaired by an accredited and approved workshop. There they will complete an in-house inspection and send a certificate of completion to the Transportation Agency. If the certificate is not approved, you will also receive a driving ban.

Inspection report which issues a driving ban

The most severe situation is when your inspection report declares a driving ban necessary. What this means is that your vehicle has to be transported directly to a workshop for repairs via tow truck. Once the vehicle has been repaired, you are permitted to drive the shortest route back to the inspection station. The driving ban is in place until a retest has been performed, although you may appeal this status with the Transport Agency.

Inspection protocol

Situations when a registration inspection are required

You may be required to have a registration inspection for a couple of reasons. One example, is when a vehicle is found to be in too poor a condition that it is deemed a threat to traffic safety. Another is if your vehicle has been identified as modified or rebuilt in a spontaneous roadside check. Registration inspections are designed to:

  • Identify the vehicle
  • Determine which details need to be entered in the Traffic Registry
  • Ensure that the vehicle satisfies all imposed standards and requirements

If you have not received a “pass” on your vehicle inspection report, you will be issued a driving ban until the vehicle is up to safety standards.

Additional information about the vehicle inspection report

These various results should be identified on the inspection report. On top of this, there will be a description of the parts of the vehicle which have been checked in the test.

Getting a copy of your vehicle inspection report

While inspection reports are handled officially by the Transportation Agency, for anyone who would like to obtain a copy of a previous report, you will need to contact the vehicle inspection service / company that carried out the roadworthiness test.