Registration & Safety Inspections

Most heavy vehicles need an annual inspection. Your renewal notice will let you know what inspection/s are required. The renewal notice will also give a date by which the inspection/s must be completed to avoid having your registration suspended or cancelled.

Inspections for heavy vehicles

Heavy vehicles require inspections in order to be registered in NSW, and to renew their registration. Inspections are carried out at a Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Station (HVAIS), or by Roads and Maritime Services, depending on the type of vehicle and its use.

Heavy vehicle inspections are required for:

  • Establishing registration for vehicles not currently registered in NS
  • Renewing registration
  • Adjusting vehicle records
  • Clearing Defect Notice

Heavy vehicle inspections are carried out at a Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Scheme (HVAIS) station, or by Roads and Maritime Services, depending on the type of vehicle and its use.

Vehicles which can be inspected by us:

  • Buses
  • Licensed tow trucks
  • Prime movers
  • Trailers fitted with breakaway brakes
  • Trailers with an aggregate tare mass exceeding two tonnes
  • Trucks fitted with power-operated brakes
  • Vehicles with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 4.5 tonnes

TRenew your registration

You need to renew your registration by its due date, otherwise your vehicle will be unregistered.

Get a vehicle inspection (if required)

Most vehicles require an annual inspection, unless the vehicle is exempt. Your registration renewal notice will state whether your vehicle needs an inspection.

Safety check required when renewing your registration

Generally, light vehicles more than five years old require a safety check (previously called a pink slip) before you can renew the registration. Light vehicles include:

  • Passenger cars
  • Goods carrying vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass of 4.5 tonnes or less (without power-operated brakes)
  • All motorcycles
  • Trailers and caravans with an aggregate trailer mass of 4.5 tonnes or less (including those fitted with breakaway brakes, but not including those fitted with air or vacuum (breakaway) braking systems).

Your registration renewal notice will state if your vehicle needs a safety check. Safety checks can only be performed at an Authorised Inspection Scheme station. The results will be sent to Roads and Maritime electronically.

Failed safety checks

If your vehicle fails the safety check, you can’t renew the registration until the required repairs are made.

The AIS station will issue a Repairs Needed report showing what repairs are required. If the repairs are completed within 14 days, the vehicle can be reassessed at the same AIS station with no additional safety check fees.

If you present your vehicle for reassessment after the 14 day period, you will need to pay another safety check inspection fee.

Once the repairs have been made and the vehicle passes the safety check, the AIS station will issue a safety check report, and you can renew your registration.

Vehicles not currently registered in NSW

Vehicles not currently registered in NSW must have an Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Scheme (AUVIS) inspection (previously called a blue slip) before they can be registered. The inspection verifies the safety of an unregistered vehicle, while making sure it meets design and identity standards.


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Our Services

  •   Truck, Car & 4WD specialists
  •   100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  •   New car warranty servicing
  •   All Mechanical Repairs
  •   Truck and Car Wheel Alignments
  •   On car Wheel Balancing
  •   Axle Correction
  •   4 Wheel Drive & F100’s
  •   Rego Inspection & LPG Pink Slips
  •   Heavy Vehicle Inspections
  •   Log book servicing
  •   Front & Rear Brakes
  •   Brake Disc Machining
  •   Power Steering Repairs

Business Hours

Monday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday: By Appointment
Sunday: Closed

Why us?

About RH Adams

Here at R. H. Adam and Sons, we are a proud family owned and run Mechanical Workshop. Established in 1934 by great grandfather Roland H. Adam, our business has been continuously managed by four generations of the Adam family.

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We provide mechanical repairs, specialising in wheel alignments on all types of cars and trucks.
Our workshop is an Authorised Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station.

  • I've been a customer since the 60's

    Bill Murray
    The guys at RH Adams & Sons service my 1955 Ford Customline they always do a great job.  They had garage on the corner of Punchbowl Rd and Canterbury Rd back in the 50/60s and my family has been coming here since.
  • Great old school type service..

    Craig Hollingsworth
    If you need any repairs done this is the place. They have worked on my truck and trailer for many years. They are honest, fair in their pricing and will guarantee their work. I will continue to send my business to them. Try them out your self.
  • I highly recommend this workshop

    Chris J Lyndsey
    I came to RH Adams through a recommendation from a trusted friend who is a customer here. Scott the owner was just great from the time i came in for my booking to the time i picked up my Land Rover with new front and read brakes done. Its not often that you come across a workshop that is honest even if you are there for the first time. Scott is a true professional and very kind and helpful person. I highly recommend this workshop if you need anything on your car fixed.

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