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Dealing With Colours to Ensure Your Car Is Roadworthy

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As you may know, if you want to exercise your privilege and drive on any road in Australia, you need to prove that your car is maintained to a certain level and does not present a hazard to other road users. In short, you need to get roadworthy certificates. The requirements differ from state to state, but there are a number of steps, and you will need to take specific action according to the outcome of any test. To deal with this, you will have to understand the paperwork, and this can be confusing as you may be presented with a multipart document with different colour slips. How can you figure out this colourful array?


If you happen to live in New South Wales, for example, you will find that your roadworthiness application document has four individual colour attachments. The first one is pink and is used during the actual inspection itself. You will present this to an inspector if your car is over a certain age and inspections are needed, and he or she will look at the lights, tyres, brakes and other components to see if the vehicle is indeed roadworthy. Remember, this pink slip says that your vehicle is now eligible to be registered, but it is not a roadworthy certificate by itself.


If your car is not as "healthy" as it should be, don't be surprised if you need to deal with the blue slip as well as the pink one. Blue means that you have a defect notice and will probably need to engage your mechanic before you can schedule a reinspection. When the inspector focuses on the blue slip, they will look into your vehicle in even greater detail and may refer to insurance claim documents to see whether it has been involved in a major accident before.

You must ensure that the pink and blue slips are satisfactory if you want to be able to register your car. Until this point, you will only be able to drive the vehicle to a service centre or for another inspection, and you could receive a significant fine if you don't comply.

More Colours

An inspector will use the white slip within this document to record any information that they find relating to defects or other data. However, you will need to be focused more on the green slip as this will enable you to formally apply for registration, so long as blue and pink allow you.

Initial Preparation

If you're confused, don't worry as there is logic behind all these colours of the rainbow. However, it is best if you make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy before you even start this process, so you are not colour-blinded along the way.