Authorised Inspection Scheme (AIS)

What is the Authorised Inspection Scheme (AIS)?

The AIS authorises examiners to inspect vehicles to ensure a minimum safety standard. To retain AIS authorisation, all members must maintain and apply the rules for AIS.

 

The role of Roads and Maritime Services within this scheme is to:

  • Consult with stakeholders to develop policy, practice and procedures
  • Appoint AIS stations
  • Authorise proprietors, nominees (and alternate nominees), and examiners
  • Monitor and audit
  • Manage and apply sanctions

There are four types of vehicle inspection stations under AIS. An inspection authority must be gained for each type. This ensures that vehicle examiners are qualified and specific safety requirements are met. 

The four AIS station types are

  • ASCIS - Authorised Safety Check Inspection Station (light vehicles)
  • AUVIS - Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station (unregistered light vehicles)
  • HVAIS - Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Station (heavy vehicles)
  • ACIS - Authorised Crane Inspection Station (SP2 cranes)

 

All inspection reports (that are a pass result) are valid for 42 days from the date of first inspection.

 

Authorised Safety Check Inspection Station (ASCIS)

Safety check

Vehicles inspected by ASCIS are:

  • Cars and light commercial vehicles up to 5 tonnes tare weight except vehicles fitted with power-operated brakes.
  • Light trailers and caravans up to 2 tonnes gross trailer mass (GTM) except those fitted with breakaway brakes.
  • Motorcycles - including motorcycles with a side-car.
  • Buses up to 2.5 tonnes tare weight.

ASCIS perform safety check inspections for the purpose of renewal:

  • On light vehicles over 5 years old.
  • For clearance of non-design-based defect notices.

Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station (AUVIS)

AUVIS

Vehicles inspected by AUVIS are:

  • Cars and light commercial vehicles up to 5 tonnes tare weight, except vehicles fitted with power-operated brakes.
  • Light trailers and caravans up to 2 tonnes gross trailer mass (GTM) except those fitted with breakaway brakes.

  • Motorcycles - including motorcycles with a side-car.
  • Buses up to 2.5 tonnes tare weight

AUVIS perform:

  • Safety, identity and design checks

AUVIS perform these checks to:

  • Establish registration for vehicles that are not currently registered in NSW.
  • Adjust vehicle records.
  • Clear defect notices.

Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Station (HVAIS)

HVAIS

HVAIS inspects heavy vehicles to establish and renew registration

Vehicle types HVAIS inspects for establish registration 
Vehicles over 4.5 tonnes GVM 
Trailers over 2 tonnes GTM and those under 2 tonnes GTM fitted with breakaway brakes
Buses 2.5 tonnes tare weight and over 
Licensed tow trucks
Trucks fitted with power-operated brakes 
Prime-movers 

 

Vehicle types HVAIS inspects for annual registration renewal 
Vehicles over 4.5 tonnes but not exceeding 12 tonnes GVM 

Two axle rigid trucks over 12 tonnes GVM (including axle codes R11 and R12) regardless of age and two axle short combination trucks (in combination up to and including 6 axles, 42.5 tonnes or less) regardless of age

(tow trucks with TT plates and plant vehicles will continue to attend RMS HVIS) 

Other rigid trucks with more than 2 axles, over 12 tonnes GVM, and less than 5 years old

(tow trucks with TT plates and plant vehicles over 5 years old will continue to attend RMS HVIS)

Short combination trucks with 3 or more axles (in combination up to 6 axles, 42.5 tonnes or less) and less than 5 years old

(tow trucks with TT plates will continue to attend RMS HVIS) 

Short combination prime mover (haul one trailer only) with 2 axles, and less than 5 years old

(tow trucks with TT plates will continue to attend RMS HVIS) 

Privately or pensioner registered buses (registered to an individual), 4.5 tonnes or less, seating 12 or less persons (including the driver)
Trailers under 2 tonnes GTM fitted with breakaway brakes regardless of age
Trailers over 2 tonnes but under 4.5 tonnes GVM with breakaway brakes regardless of age
Trailers over 4.5 tonnes Gross Trailer Mass (GTM) and under 9 tonnes GTM regardless of age 
Pig Trailer greater than 9 tonnes GVM with 1,2 or 3 axles, and less than 5 years old 
Dog Trailer greater than 9 tonnes GVM with the following axle configurations: 1 front – 1 rear; 1 front – 2 rear; 1 front – 3 rear; 2 front – 2 rear, and less than 5 years old 
Semi Trailer greater than 9 tonnes GVM with 1, 2 or 3 axles, and less than 5 years old
(this includes tail trailers) 
B-Double lead trailers and B-Triple lead/middle trailers greater than 9 tonnes GVM with 1, 2 or 3 axles, and less than 5 years old 
Converter dolly greater than 9 tonnes GVM with 1 or 2 axles, and less than 5 years old 

Please note: Where a heavy vehicle is required to be inspected by RMS HVIS and a RMS HVIS inspection cannot be obtained by the required date, you may obtain a HVAIS inspection. However, a further inspection by RMS HVIS within 28 days of renewing the registration is required.

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HVAIS perform:

  • Safety, identity and design checks

HVAIS perform these checks to:

  • Establish registration for vehicles not currently registered in NSW
  • Renew registration
  • Adjust vehicle records
  • Clear defect notices

Authorised Crane Inspection Station (ACIS)

(There is no signage for ACIS)

See Authorised Crane Inspection Station (ACIS) scheme for more information or go to the document downloads page for the ACIS fact sheet.

Vehicles inspected by ACIS are:

Purpose-built and truck-based cranes over 12 tonnes GVM with an axle or axle group over mass.

Inspections performed by ACIS are:

  • Renew the registration of cranes
  • Safety checks
  • Clearance of defect notices

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