When is a roadworthiness test or certificate required?
On change of ownership of a vehicle (when you buy or sell a vehicle)For passenger carrying vehicles for reward, taxis are required to be tested annually, and buses every 6 months.Trucks with a GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) of more than 3500kg are required to be tested annually.
How long does the test take?
This answer only pertains to light motor vehicles like cars and bakkies. The test generally takes approximately 20 minutes for the test, and another 10 minutes for the paperwork. Should the vehicle pass, it will be declared roadworthy on the eNatis system immediately. Should the vehicle have defects, you will be given a list of faults to repair, and be required to resubmit the vehicle for a free re-test within 14 days.
What happens if no documentation was received with the vehicle?
An affidavit has to be rendered by the new owner at any police station, declaring that this vehicle was honestly purchased, and that no papers were received with the vehicle, and that the previous owner cannot be traced to provide this information. In some cases a Police Clearance may also be required.
What documentation is required to transfer a vehicle onto the name of a new owner?
Original registration certificateID of new ownerReceipt or agreement of sale of vehicleNotice of Change of Ownership formCertification of Roadworthiness (remember that this is not an actual certificate, but a printout from the eNatis system that notifies that the vehicle has been declared roadworthy)
What is the buyer's responsibility?
Ensure that the vehicle and the relevant papers match. The new buyers has 21 days to transfer the vehicle onto his name without incurring any penalties.Remember new owners are so "in love"; with their vehicle at the time of purchase, that the obvious defects are ignored, until "buyer remorse" sets in and then they often wish to back out of the deal due to problems that they should have noticed when purchasing the vehicle.
What does it mean when a vehicle is purchased with a valid roadworthy certificate?
A roadworthy certificate is valid for a period of 2 months (since 29th July 2011, previously 6 months), and therefore a VALID roadworthy certificate means that the vehicle passed a roadworthiness test within the last 2 months. A vehicle may have driven many miles (or even parts have changed) between the time of the test and the purchase of the vehicle. Check the date of the test on the roadworthy certificate.
What should a buyer receive from a seller on buying a car?
Original registration papers, a declaration or proof that this vehicle has previously been paid for in full and a receipt or agreement of sale.
Where is a Police Clearance Certificate obtainable?
Firstly, an RPC (Request for Police Clearance) form has to be obtained from any Registering authority; and this together with the vehicle has to be submitted for the clearance procedure at the SAPS Clearance Centre.
SAPS CLEARANCE CENTRE
c/o Labelle and Watt Road Stikland
Tel: (021) 945 3875
When is a Police Clearance Certificate generally required?
When the engine or chassis number of the vehicle differs from the number on the registration certificate (even if one digit is different).When a vehicle has previously been reported stolen and then recovered.When no documentation is received from the previous owner of the vehicle.
What should the vehicle owner do if the vehicle is currently scrapped?
In addition to obtaining a Roadworthy Certificate, the vehicle should obtain a weight certificate and also obtain a Police Clearance certificate. Remember, that the vehicle is unlicensed at this time, so a Temporary Licence is required.
What happens if the vehicle fails?
The examiner will list all the defects, explain these to the customer, who will then have 14 days to effect repairs and re-submit the vehicle for a FREE re-test within those 2 weeks.
What is tested during a roadworthy test?
Firstly, the vehicle is identified through the engine, and chassis numbers; and then the electrical system is checked (lights, wiring, indicators etc), tyres; brakes, steering, transmission, body, fittings, windows and doors, windscreen, engine, exhaust system etc).
When is a roadworthiness certificate required?
In the case of cars and bakkies, a roadworthy certificate is required on change of ownership. In the case of taxis, buses and trucks, roadworthies are required annually, and are a pre-requisiteto the issue of the vehicle licence.