If you own a vehicle in New South Wales (NSW), you’re required to get a pink slip inspection (Now known as an Esafety check) every year as part of the registration renewal process. A pink slip inspection is a safety check that ensures your vehicle is roadworthy and meets the minimum safety standards set by the NSW government. In this article, we’ll go over what you need to pass a pink slip inspection in NSW.
- Brakes: Your vehicle’s brakes are one of the most important safety features, so they’ll be thoroughly checked during a pink slip inspection. The mechanic will check the brake pads, rotors, calipers, and brake fluid levels to ensure they’re all in good working condition.
- Lights: All of your vehicle’s lights will be inspected, including headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and reverse lights. Make sure all bulbs are working and lenses are clean and unbroken.
- Tires: Your tires will be checked for wear and tear, including tread depth, sidewall damage, and proper inflation. Make sure your tires meet the minimum tread depth requirement of 1.5mm across the entire tire surface.
- Suspension and Steering: Your vehicle’s suspension and steering components will be checked for wear and damage. The mechanic will look for worn bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, and other components that could affect handling and safety.
- Windscreen and Windows: The windscreen and windows will be checked for chips, cracks, and other damage that could impair visibility. Make sure your windscreen wipers are also in good condition and working properly.
- Seatbelts: The mechanic will check all seatbelts to ensure they’re in good condition and working properly. Make sure all seatbelts retract smoothly and are not frayed or damaged.
- Exhaust Emissions: Your vehicle’s exhaust emissions will be tested to ensure they meet the minimum standards set by the NSW government. If your vehicle fails the emissions test, you may need to have the exhaust system repaired or replaced.
- Engine: While not as thorough as a full mechanical inspection, the mechanic will check the engine for leaks and other obvious issues that could affect safety or emissions.
- Registration Papers: You’ll need to provide your current registration papers to the mechanic performing the inspection.
If your vehicle passes the pink slip inspection, you’ll receive a pink slip that’s valid for six months. You can then proceed to renew your registration. If your vehicle fails the inspection, the mechanic will provide you with a list of necessary repairs. Once those repairs are made, you’ll need to have the vehicle re-inspected and pass a pink slip inspection before you can renew your registration.
Passing a pink slip inspection in NSW requires your vehicle to meet certain safety standards set by the government. Regular maintenance and upkeep of your vehicle will help ensure that it passes the inspection and keeps you and other road users safe on the road.