South Australia Roadworthy Laws

by Andrew Automoto22. November 2013 11:49

In South Australia privately owned vehicles do not need to be issued with a road worthy certificate, nor do vehicles transferring registration from another state or vehicle changing ownership. However there are a few circumstances where a vehicle will require an Inspection certificate and to be issued with a roadworthy. These circumstances are:

  • If the vehicle is from interstate, is over 7years old and weighs more than 4.5tonne, then a roadworthy certificate will be required.
  • Modifications of the original body or construction of the vehicle
  • If the vehicle has had the Chassis, Brakes, or Engine modified/changed with an engine not designed for your specific vehicle.
  • Previously written off and salvaged.
  • Rebuilt, self constructed or homemade vehicles. (hot rods, and classic car restorations
  • Vehicles that have been issued with a safety fault by the police
  • Buses that seat 13 people or more.

You can also be issued with a Defect notice, by a team or authorised Transport safety compliance officers and vehicle inspectors, who are trained vehicle mechanics. The Transport safety compliance officers, have the right to pull you over at any time and inspect your vehicle to see if it is roadworthy.  If you are issued with a Defect notice, it means your vehicle is not roadworthy.

On the defect notice it will stipulate an amount of time you have to drive the vehicle unrestricted, so you do not receive a fine for driving a vehicle with a defect notice. Once that time expires you will only legally be able to drive your vehicle to and from the place or repair or the inspection office, if you are issued with a defect notice you will need to take the vehicle to your local police station or DTEI inspection station to be issued with a defect inspection. You can go to your local mechanic to have the defects repaired, however,  you will then need to book a time to go to an authorised Police station or DTEI inspection station with the following information :

  • The booking details for the Inspection
  • Proof that the vehicle is still currently registered
  • Proof that the repairs were undertaken by a licenced mechanic.

The fees of inspections are detemind by the government, and must be paid when you ring the police or DTEI the inspection.  Because the inspection is required before and after repairs to the vehicle are made, you will be required to pay two different inspection fees, one before the vehicle is repaired and one on returning for inspection before the defect notice is removed from the vehicle.

Prices for Inspections can range between $120 - $200 dollars depending on major defects.

For more information on vehicle inspections and Road worthy's see

- Australia Capital Territory Registration and Roadworthy laws

- New South Wales inspection Blue slips/pink slips laws

- Queensland Safety certificates and vehicle inspection laws

- Northern Territory registration and roadworthy laws

- Tasmania Road Worthy laws

- Victoria registration and roadworthy laws

- Western Australia Roadworthy laws

To find your local authorised service centre visit