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Safety Certificate Inspection Guidelines
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Safety Certificate
Road Test Validation Guidelines…
to assist bring your motorcycle up to safety certificate standard prior to inspection
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Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads introduced the safety certificate in November 1999 to replace the old roadworthy certificate or RWC, and it became mandatory to obtain and display a current safety certificate on any registered motorcycle from the moment it's offered for sale.

The only times it's not required to display current safety certificate on a motorcycle for sale is when the motorcycle's either unregistered or is traded to or between licensed motor dealers.

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads safety certificates can only be issued by Approved Inspection Stations (AIS), being service stations, garages or workshops approved by Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to conduct inspections.

For private motorcycle sellers, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads safety certificates must be issued in the two months or 2000 kilometres prior to sale, whichever comes first.

You are required to display a safety certificate in a conspicuous place and for motorcycles it's either on the forks or front guard.

Failure to display a Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads safety certificate on the motorcycle from the time it's first offered for sale can carry an on-the-spot fine penalty of $550.

Information on this website relating to motorcycle inspection is drawn from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Code of Practice for Approved Inspection Stations (AIS) and Approved Persons; guidelines followed during safety certificate inspections and vehicle modification certification.

Following the code of practice guidelines below and rectifying faults you uncover should assure your motorcycle will pass on first inspection, avoiding any inconvenient and possible costly re-inspection.


A road test is to be conducted on all motor vehicles (trailers are not required to be road tested) to confirm the safe operation of the motor vehicle. However, if a defect has been detected during the initial visual checks which, in the opinion of the examiner, would make the vehicle unsafe to operate on the road, a road test is not to be performed. The standards to be applied during the road test are contained in the relevant component sections of this Code of Practice.

The operation of the following must be validated during the road test:

  • Foot brake (including hand brake on motorbikes);
  • Park brake;
  • Steering;
  • Clutch;
  • Suspension;
  • Gear change mechanism;
  • Accelerator/throttle control;
  • Drive line condition (including chain/belt drives on motorbikes);
  • Windscreen wiper/washers;
  • Driving position/visibility;
  • Exhaust system;
  • Speedometer and odometer operation;
  • Engine does not stall at idle.
  • Faults are not present with on-board control units (i.e. airbag fault light, stability control fault light etc)

Note: If a defect is detected during a road test, the examiner must record fail under both the road test section of the Inspection Report and the applicable section relating to the defect (i.e. brakes, steering etc).

If you require further information about safety certificate inspections or inspection guidelines phone

Brian Harper
1800 245 359
0402 544 115

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