In Queensland it is compulsory for a road worthy certificate to be issued prior to a car being listed for sale on the second hand market, whether on the internet, in a news paper, or through a sign or writing in the window of the car. The penalty for advertising or making available for sale a car without a valid and current certificate of road worthiness is an on the spot fine of five hundred dollars. In order to obtain a certificate of road worthiness, a safety inspection must be carried out by a government approved inspector, which will check safety related aspects of the car including its suspension, its braking system, its steering, and its tyres. Usually the inspection takes about an hour to conduct. A safety inspection is required for cars, motor cycles, trucks, trailers, and caravans that are being sold second hand in Queensland. A written report with the details of the inspection and results is produced following the inspection, and if the car has not passed the safety inspection and been issued with a certificate of road worthiness, the owner is given a fortnight to fix the problems identified and submit the repaired car for a repeat inspection.
Safety certificates which are issued for a private person wishing to sell their second hand staff in Queensland are valid for whichever comes first of two thousand kilometres distance travelled or two months. Certificates issued for car dealers have a looser time frame requirement but a stricter distance threshold, being valid for whichever comes first of a thousand kilometres distance travelled or three months from the date of issue. There a few exemptions which exist to the general requirement that a car being sold or transferred second hand in Queensland must pass a safety inspection and be issued with a certificate of road worthiness. These include the sale of a car that was part of a deceased estate, the transfer of a car between members of a married or formerly married couple, and sales of second hand cars which are occurring an area of Queensland which is remote enough that the requirement to conduct a safety inspection would pose an unreasonable and excessive hardship on the seller.
Unlike the other states and territories of Australia, where car road worthiness inspections are mostly carried out by the relevant state orterritory road safety or motor traffic authority, in Queensland most road worthiness inspections and certificates are carried out and issued respectively by private garage sales Brisbane, workshops and other operators who have been officially approved by the state government of Queensland. This has led to the development of a relatively innovative and competitive market place for car road worthiness inspection services ahead of a second hand car sale, including the increasingly popular option of having an inspection for mobile safety certificates. These mean that the person carrying out the inspection comes to the customer’s premises rather than having the customer travel to their