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Roadworthy changes concern Rochester sellers

Possible changes to Victorian roadworthy inspections has concerned industry bodies as well as district car sellers.

GRAHAM WILLIS July 29, 2014 3:01am

A proposal by VicRoads to remove the need for roadworthy inspections on the transfer of vehicles under three years old has concerned the motor industry and district car traders.

Motorists are warned of a possible increase in unsafe vehicles in Victoria, if the government changes the roadworthy inspection system.

‘‘The existing roadworthy inspection certificate system, on the transfer of privately sold used-vehicles, means that cars, utes, motorcycles and trucks are tested prior to transfer,’’ VACC executive director David Purchase said.

‘‘The certificate enables the buyer to purchase a vehicle, knowing he or she is protected from acquiring an unsafe vehicle.’’

In July 2013, VicRoads proposed the removal of roadworthy inspections on transfer, for vehicles under three or five years old.

‘‘Twelve months on from the initial announcement, a decision has not been made,’’ Mr Purchase said.

Rochester Holden dealer Bruce Hocking favoured the current roadworthy inspection system for all cars.

‘‘Cars under three years could still have worn brakes or tyres and poor basic safety features that could render them unroadworthy,’’ he said.

‘‘To abolish to current roadworthy requirement for these vehicles may be very dangerous.’’

VACC has petitioned the government to ignore the VicRoads proposal.

Mr Hocking warned prospective buyers of private sale vehicles of the need to check the Personal Property Security Register when buying a used car.

‘‘Log on and include the car VIN number and the register tells you whether the car has been stolen, written off or has a financial encumbrance on it,’’ Mr Hocking said.

‘‘Imagine buying a car and months later having it repossessed because the previous owner had an outstanding debt or learning your car had been written off in an accident.’’

Mr Purchase said the VACC believed the government must not tamper with a successful inspection procedure which prevented unassuming buyers from buying unsafe vehicles.

‘‘Safety is not about a vehicle’s age, but about its condition,’’ he said.

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