The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has revived the issue of vehicle roadworthy inspections, as changes to the scheme continue to be debated.
In July last year, Victoria’s state government proposed the compulsory inspection of vehicles when sold privately from one party to another be scrapped if the vehicle was less than three or five years old.
The VACC opposed the scheme, and has this week reiterated its position as it waits for a formal decision to be made by the state government.
“The existing roadworthy inspection certificate system, on the transfer of privately sold used-vehicles, means that cars, utes, motorcycles and trucks are tested prior to transfer,” VACC Executive Director, David Purchase, said.
“The certificate enables the buyer to purchase a vehicle, knowing he or she is protected from acquiring an unsafe vehicle.”
“Twelve months on from the initial announcement, a decision has not been made and we again implore the Government not to change a system that has served us well for more than fifty years.”
The VACC says around 777,000 vehicles sold in Victoria would change hands untested if the scheme was altered, representing around 22 percent of vehicles on Victoria’s roads.
The Chamber presented a petition opposing the proposed changes to Premier Denis Napthine, and referred to a telephone survey last year which found 86 percent of Victorians did not support the new scheme.
“Many vehicles inspected by Licensed Vehicle Testers are death-traps and even the Grim Reaper himself would think twice about driving one,” Mr Purchase said.
The VACC reminded the state government that unfavourable changes to the vehicle inspection scheme could have ramifications come election day in November this year.