Roadworthiness is actually a certificate for a car or vehicle, which states, that the vehicle is alright and in the right condition to run on the roads, carry passengers and goods etc. Every vehicle on road has to be certified roadworthy especially when it is sold and is bought by another owner. This means after buying a pre-owned vehicle, you must get it certified roadworthy, or rather should buy a pre-owned vehicle, only when the seller shows you its roadworthiness certificate. This ensures that your vehicle is safe for use and is safe for your as well as other road users.
Why Do You Need Roadworthiness Certificate?
The two main reasons you need this certificate is that:
- Without a roadworthiness certificate, your car insurance company will not pay for a claim made for any accident, repairs etc for an un-roadworthy vehicle.
- You will be penalized by the police if you are caught driving an un road worthy vehicle.
Officially the roadworthiness certificate is required while purchasing or selling a car, and while doing the re-registration, or transfer of name. When you are buying a pre-owned car, ideally it is your responsibility to check that the car is roadworthy or not, and get it certified in case the seller has not done so. If the car is not certified, you still have 21 days after purchasing it, to get it checked and certified. This certificate will be needed when you will be registering the car in your name.
In case the vehicle is used commercially for transporting public, it essentially has to be tested for roadworthiness. It has been seen that more than 9% of the accidents happen because the vehicle responsible for it was not roadworthy. Many such cars and other vehicles rule the roads without passing this test and without a proper certification, while violating the rule, and risking lives.
Normally a roadworthy certificate stays valid for 6 months in case of public transport vehicles. This means you need to renew the certificate after testing the vehicle every 6 months.
Where To Get The Roadworthiness Certificate?
A roadworthiness certificate is available from a vehicle tester, who is a vehicle or automobile engineer, and tests to see that the vehicle is totally okay to run on the streets. There are both government and public agencies to test and certify. You may get this done from anyone you want. If you are in a hurry to get this done, and want to avoid the red tape of government procedures, you may go for a private agency. The value of certification will be the same in both cases.
What are the things tested during a roadworthiness test?
During a roadworthiness test the following things are checked:
- The parts of the car
- The engine
- Brake and clutch
- Suspension and under clearance
- Other fittings
Finally your documents are checked and verified. You also need to pay for the test as well as the application for the testing.
Making a Vehicle Roadworthy
If your vehicle does not pass the roadworthiness test, then you will be told the reasons. You will then have to recondition the vehicle to meet the criteria. You have to reapply and retest your vehicle and prove it roadworthy again to get the required certification.