With the implementation of the Personalised Transport Reforms later this year, it is anticipated a large number of light vehicles (4.5t GVM or less) will need to be inspected every 12 months and be issued with a certificate of inspection (COI). This includes taxis, limousines, and vehicles being used to provide booked hire services, such as those provided by Uber and Sheba.
With the increase in the number of vehicles requiring an annual COI, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has approved the outsourcing of COIs for light personalised transport vehicles to Approved Inspection Stations (AIS).
Vehicle owners will have a choice of obtaining their annual COI from TMR or from an AIS approved to inspect these types of vehicles.
The frequently asked questions below provide AISs with relevant information about the new light vehicle inspection type.
What will the new inspection type be called?
The new inspection type will be called CL (Light Vehicle COI).
What vehicles can be inspected under the CL inspection type?
An AIS that holds a CL inspection type can inspect light vehicles (4.5t GVM or less) that are used, or planning to be used for personalised transport services. To provide such services, these vehicles will need to be registered with a purposes of use (POU) of:
• booked hire (BKHR)
• booked hire/rental (BKRN)
• taxi (TAXI)
• limousine (LIMO) or
• special purpose limousine (LSPL).
Other registered light vehicles that require a COI, that will not be used to provide personalised transport services, are not eligible for an AIS COI. Examples of ineligible vehicles include registered school service vehicles, tourist and airport
transfer vehicles, and commercial minibuses.
Registered light vehicles that are ineligible must continue to have a TMR issued COI to allow their registration to be renewed. Unregistered light vehicles are able to obtain a CL COI from an AIS for new business registration purposes.
The approved examiner will be required to confirm with the customer the current or intended POU for the vehicle to ensure the vehicle is eligible to be issued with a CL COI.
What requirements must an AIS meet to be granted and issued the CL inspection type approval?
To be granted and issued with the CL inspection type, an AIS must:
• be enrolled in and currently using the Inspection Certificate Online (ICO) system
• be approved for LV inspections
• have brake testing equipment that is able to produce the required brake test results (either paper or electronic) which records the date, time and GPS coordinates of where the brake test was conducted
• be able to upload and attach the brake test result to the inspection record in ICO.
Are there any additional qualifications or training required for an approved examiner to be granted and issued with the CL inspection type accreditation?
To be issued with the CL inspection type, an approved examiner must be enrolled in ICO and be approved for LV inspections.
There are no additional qualifications or training required for an approved examiner to be issued with the CL inspection type.
Will there be a paper version of a COI for CL type vehicles?
No. A CL COI for personalised transport vehicles can only be issued using ICO.
Are there any additional requirements that must be checked as part of a CL inspection?
CL type vehicle inspections must be conducted in accordance with the Code of Practice – Vehicle Inspection Guidelines (COP-VIG) for light vehicles. The COP-VIG will be updated to include additional checks that may need to be performed when inspecting CL type vehicles. These will include:
• distress lights (if fitted – taxis only)
• hail lights (if fitted – taxis only)
• taxi security cameras (if fitted – taxis only)
• fire extinguisher (if fitted – minibuses only)
An updated version of the COP-VIG will be released prior to the commencement of the CL inspection type and will be available on the TMR website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/AIS. The new CL inspection type fail reasons will also be included in ICO when conducting a CL inspection.
The approved examiner will be required to attach a copy of the brake test result to the inspection record in ICO. Failure to attach the brake test result will mean the ICO certificate cannot be completed.