Mobile pink slip trial starts

29 May 2018

The mobile pink slip trial announced earlier this month will get under way from tomorrow.

Roads and Maritime Services Executive Director Compliance and Regulatory Service Melina Bailey said the trial which will operate for six months in the Sydney, Illawarra, Newcastle and Hunter areas aims to make it easier and more convenient for customers to get a safety inspection for a car, motorcycle, trailer or caravan.

“From tomorrow, customers who live in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Sydney metropolitan, Central Coast, Cessnock, Newcastle and Port Stephens areas will have the option to have an authorised examiner visit them to provide a safety inspection rather than having to take their vehicle to an authorised inspection station,” Ms Bailey said.

“Finding one of the many participating examiners will be as simple as logging into the Roads and Maritime Services website at

“A customer will make direct contact with a participating proprietor or examiner, agree a call out/travel fee and identify a suitable area and time for the inspection.

“Under rules for the trial the authorised examiner must discuss the call out or travel fee with the customer before carrying out the inspection to ensure there are no surprises. The fee for the pink slip will remain the same.

“Roads and Maritime has collaborated extensively with industry including the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW (MTA NSW) to ensure mobile pink slip inspections can be delivered in a safe and effective way while ensuring improved convenience and ease for customers.”

MTA NSW General Manager Operations, David Rodger, said ensuring customers receive the same high standard of safety inspection as they would if they’d taken their vehicle to an authorised inspection station has been an important consideration for the Association.

“The trial will also identify any concerns for examiners including being able to carry out the inspection in a safe space and access to authorised roads for brake testing – a key component of the safety inspection.

“Customers can also have confidence their examiner has the appropriate credentials and a current Motor Vehicle Tradesperson Certificate.

“At the conclusion of the trial an evaluation report incorporating feedback from customers and participants will help guide the Industry working group recommendations about the mobile pink slip inspections,” Mr Rodger said.

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