A blue slip inspection is a comprehensive safety check that’s required for vehicles in New South Wales (NSW) that are unregistered or have been unregistered for more than three months. It’s a more thorough inspection than the pink slip, and is required to ensure that the 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 blue slip inspection in NSW.
- Brakes: Your vehicle’s brakes will be thoroughly checked during a blue 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.
- Chassis and Body: The mechanic will inspect the chassis and body for damage, rust, and corrosion. Make sure any visible rust or damage is repaired prior to the inspection.
- Engine: The engine will be thoroughly inspected for leaks, wear and damage. The mechanic will check the engine oil level and condition, transmission fluid, radiator coolant level and condition, and other fluid levels.
- 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.
- Registration Papers: You’ll need to provide your current registration papers to the mechanic performing the inspection.
If your vehicle passes the blue slip inspection, you’ll receive a blue slip that’s valid for 42 days. You can then proceed to register your vehicle. 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 blue slip inspection before you can register your vehicle.
passing a blue 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.