The government has made it mandatory on 1 January 2014 that vehicles registered anywhere in the world on and after 1 January 2004 will need to go through Warrant of Fitness inspections annually. If the car has not gone through a WoF, the owner is heavily fined and there is also a danger of the vehicle being seized. However, if the vehicle is brand new, it would need a WoF only after 3 years of its life.
What is WoF?
WoF (Warrant of Fitness) is a general procedure to conduct safety check. There is a comprehensive list of checks that the car has to go through in order to qualify of being road worthy. Some of the aspects that are checked are:
- Condition of the tyres
- Body condition (rusty cars are not allowed in a few areas)
- Windscreen transparency
- Safety harnesses
- Functioning of air bags
- Fuel injection (There should no fuel leaks)
Driving a vehicle without Warrant of Fitness is considered illegal and it is mandatory that every vehicle displays a WoF sticker. If you drive your car without a Warrant of Fitness certificate, you will attract huge penalties for breaking rules and you risk your vehicle being taken off the road until you complete the WoF inspection and ensure your vehicle passes it.
If your car needs to go through minor repairs in order to get a Warrant of Fitness, it is worth taking the effort. The servicing mechanic from Autostop Greerton will make sure the car would pass the WoF test and is certified as being roadworthy and safe.