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  • Section 60 - 65, Traffic Law, 2011

A typical vehicle inspection comprises a safety inspection covering such items as tyres, brakes, horn, turn signals etc…
All of our Vehicle Inspectors are trained in all aspects of the inspection process.

Unnecessary delays in licensing your vehicle can be avoided by following these simple but important suggestions:

  • All lights must be clean and in working order; this includes turn signals, licence plate lights, parking and headlights (which must be properly aimed to the left).
  • Brakes must be in good working order, able to halt a vehicle within the required distance of 50 feet when traveling at 25 miles per hour.  
  • Glass in windows must be free of holes, breaks or cracks and not be tinted darker than what is allowed by law. The front side windows shall, if tinted, allow a minimum of 35 per cent of light transmission whether the glass is tinted by the manufacturer or by any other person. The rear windscreen and rear side windows may allow less than the 35 per cent of light transmission only if fitted by the manufacturer, as standard equipment, and all other tint applied to the rear windscreen and rear side windows shall allow a minimum of 15 per cent light transmission.
  • Windscreen shall be of clear glass (a strip of tinted glass, of any degree of light transmission, is allowed; however this may not exceed six inches in width measured from the top of the windscreen.
  • Mirrors must be unbroken and display a clear view to rear of the vehicle
  • Windshield wipers must be fully operative (the rubber blades must be in good condition)
  • Tyres must be free of bulges, no fabric showing, no bald areas and no cuts. Tread depth must be at least 1 millimeter around the circumference of the tyre and across 75% of its breadth. (Also applies to the spare tyre)  
  • Horn must be in operating condition
  • Muffler must effectively reduce sound of engine exhaust. (No leaks in exhaust system)
  • There must be no gasoline or fluid leaks.

Part of the inspection process may necessitate one of our inspectors to operating your vehicle to perform a road test. Although controlled, this test, will give our Vehicle Inspector an idea how your vehicle will perform under various braking and maneuvering situations. 

As a general rule of thumb; a vehicle that is less than 3 years old and/or has a total mileage reading of 36,000 or less is seldom driven by a Vehicle Inspector. However, if it is deemed necessary, you will be informed of the decision.

On completion of the inspection process, you will be issued a Certificate of Road Worthiness (pass) or a Certificate of defects (fail). Each inspection will incur a CI$35.00 fee; for Cars, trucks (not exceeding 4000 lbs), vans (not exceeding 15 seats), and trailers not exceeding 2000 lbs.

Trucks (4001 to 33,000 lbs), vans (16 to 40 seats), public transport vehicles and buses (16 to 40 seats) rental vehicles, taxis, limousines, and special vehicles (not exceeding 10,000 lbs) will incur a fee of CI$40.00.

Public transport vehicles and buses (over 40 seats), truck (exceeding 10,000 lbs), and special vehicles (exceeding 10,000 lbs) will incur a fee of CI$50.00.

A fee of CI$30.00 will be charged for the inspection of a motor cycle.

In the event that your vehicle does not meet all safety requirements set out in the law, you will be issued a Certificate of Defects (fail). Once you have these defects rectified, you will again have to visit the inspection team to have your vehicle inspected once more. 
Before the inspection process begins, have all of your documentation (Insurance cover note or policy & log book/title) with you. They will be requested by the Vehicle Inspector. Can’t find your log book? You can purchase a duplicate for the cost of CI$30.00 at any of our locations.

Refrain from using your cell phone while the inspection process is being carried out, your complete attention will be required. Also, remember to turn off the radio before the inspection process begins.

Last Updated: 2012-09-19