A certificate of fitness (CoF) is a periodic check to ensure that a vehicle meets the required roadworthiness standards on the day. Not keeping your vehicle at CoF standard means you could get a fine. A CoF is required for all heavy vehicles, taxis, shuttles, buses and rental vehicles. The driver is responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is maintained in CoF condition at all times; a CoF does not guarantee the vehicle is roadworthy now, only that it passed on a specific day.
In 2022, over $1m of fines were given to drivers for breaches of certificate of fitness rules. We obtained this breakdown from police using an Official Information Act request.
|Offence description||# of offences||Total fines|
|No evidence of current certificate of fitness||976||$585,600|
|Lighting system defect||702||$105,300|
|Load anchorage defect||66||$9,900|
|Steering system defect||12||$1,800|
|Suspension system defect||116||$17,400|
|Tow coupling defect||101||$15,150|
|Vision glazing defect||269||$40,350|
|Wheels or tyres defect||529||$79,350|
|Cab, chassis or body defect||238||$35,700|
|Vehicle not up to CoF or permit standard||798||$119,700|
These fines indicate just how important it is to complete a pre-trip inspection every day.