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Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme

Change of Ownership Inspections

This page will be maintained until 30 June 2020 – Please visit main sa.gov.au page

The requirement for an inspection upon change of ownership (COO) was introduced to identify, monitor and mitigate un-roadworthiness as a causative factor in crashes on South Australian roads and improving safety for all road users.

Change of Ownership inspection are required from three years and older with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), and trailers with an Aggregated Trailer Mass (ATM) of greater than 4.5 tonnes, to be inspected prior to the vehicle being registered in a new owner’s name (change of ownership).

From 1 July 2020, Change of Ownership Inspection services will be provided at DPTI’s metropolitan and regional locations.  To learn more about the change of ownership inspections and the locations of inspection stations, you can visit the sa.gov.au website, and view the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 63 KB).

Stage Two

A procurement process to select a System Manager for a periodic heavy vehicle inspection scheme has now concluded without a recommendation to award a contract.

Inspection Standards

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) standards

The NHVR regularly publish a number of Vehicle Standard Guides (VSGs) which provide advice and guidance that relate to a number of issues applicable to heavy vehicle standards and modifications.

For example, if you have a motorhome and are making changes, you may be interested in reading the following guides: “VSG 5 – Converting a vehicle into a motorhome” and “VSG 9 – Re-rating of gross vehicle mass”.

To view these guides and others, visit the NHVR website.

All heavy vehicles are assessed for compliance against the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM), follow link to the current version (2.4).

This manual has been developed and revised by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to enable a nationally consistent roadworthy approach to heavy vehicle inspections.

The NHVR releases information on vehicle standards and modifications

DPTI has developed checklists for Change of Ownership Inspections which outline components that will be inspected.

On average inspections should take no more than one hour, if your vehicle is clean on presentation. If your vehicle is in such a condition that components cannot be adequately seen for assessment, you may be required to return with a clean vehicle. Please visit the NHVR Clean Vehicle Fact Sheet for more information.

Queries relating to specific vehicles need to be directed to Service SA for a response. Service SA can be contacted on 13 10 84, or to find your local centre view the Service SA website here.

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