Vehicle Inspections Update

Public news

The MTA has consistently pushed for South Australia to adopt a more robust vehicle inspection regime. At present, South Australia, alongside Western Australia and Tasmania have some of the most relaxed vehicle roadworthy requirements in the nation. Unsurprisingly, South Australia also has some of the worst road toll statistics in the country, combined with one of the oldest vehicle fleets.

A significant development in this push was last year’s release of the South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy to 2031, which committed to investigate the costs and benefits of introducing a light vehicle inspection scheme to improve the safety of older vehicles.

Last month, MTA CEO, Paul Unerkov and Industry and Government Engagement Manager, Kaes Cillessen met with returning Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Tom Koutsantonis to renew discussions on the value of vehicle inspections at change of ownership.

While the Minister broadly understood the benefits to road safety and consumer protection outcomes, he did express concern about potential costs to the public not only for the inspection itself, but also in repairing a vehicle.

It’s clear that the Department for Infrastructure’s review into the costs and benefits of roadworthy inspections will play an important role in influencing the business case for a change of ownership inspection scheme in South Australia. The review itself is expected to be undertaken by an independent external consultant, but the MTA remains confident the evidence for change of ownership inspections stacks up and we stand ready to engage strongly in the review process.

In the meantime, we encourage all members to remind their customers about the importance of purchasing and maintaining a roadworthy vehicle. This means purchasing from a licensed vehicle dealer and maintaining a regular service schedule throughout a vehicle’s life.

National Road Safety Week (NRSW) ran from 15 to 22 May and this year, the MTA provided all members with a social media kit to help promote NRSW to customers with a focus on safety.

On Thursday, 19 May, which was vehicle safety day of NRSW, MTA Industry and Government Engagement Manager, Kaes Cillessen spoke on ABC Radio Adelaide about the importance of roadworthy vehicles, as well as the MTA’s push for change of ownership inspections. Audience feedback was very positive, demonstrating that the public are clearly prepared to take on a responsibility which exists in most other states and territories.

Has a customer’s vehicle come through your business which you believe should not allowed to be driven on our roads? Help the MTA provide relevant examples to persuade government by providing us photos of unroadworthy brakes, tyres, suspension, steering or anything visual which tells a compelling story.

Please email your photos and a background on the issue(s) by clicking here or call MTA Industry and Government Engagement Manager, Kaes Cillessen, or MTA Policy Officer Dayne Eckermann on 8291 2000.