Bus Quarterly Inspections (VSI’s)
At Ballarat Roadworthy Centre, we specialise in offering Bus Quarterly Inspection services, aligned with the regulatory requirements set forth by Safe Transport Victoria. As an accredited bus operator, it is imperative to undertake Vehicle Safety Inspections (VSI’s) on all buses operated at intervals or travel distances as stipulated by Safe Transport Victoria, to ensure the ongoing mechanical and structural safety of the buses operated. The recommendations from Safe Transport Victoria suggest consulting your vehicle manufacturer or mechanic (Ballarat Roadworthy Centre) to help set an appropriate interval or travel distance for your VSI’s. In absence of an alternative, the guidance from ST Vic is:
- Every three months (plus or minus seven days) or a specified travel distance, whichever occurs first. A ‘specified travel distance’ means:
- Every 20,000 kilometres for a bus that is less than five years old;
- Every 10,000 kilometres for a bus that is less than five years old and has travelled 500,000 kilometres or more;
- Every 10,000 kilometres for a bus that is five years old or more.
Our approach is designed to ensure the optimal safety and dependability of your buses, providing bus owners and operators with the assurance that their vehicles are in adept hands and will be maintained in peak condition. A Bus Quarterly Inspection is a mandatory, routinely scheduled maintenance check conducted in accordance with the above-mentioned guidelines. This systematic inspection is crucial for reinforcing the ongoing safety, reliability, and regulatory compliance of buses, adhering to the stringent standards mandated for all accredited bus operators.
Our team of skilled mechanics conducts these comprehensive inspections with great attention to detail. The bus will go through our thorough evaluation, down to checking fluid levels and tyre pressures, ensuring that every aspect of the vehicle operates efficiently and safely. This meticulous approach covers a multitude of components and facets of the bus, securing its comprehensive safety, reliability, and compliance with the prevailing standards.
The primary objective of these quarterly inspections is to proactively detect and resolve any potential issues, thereby guaranteeing that your bus remains safe, dependable, and aligned with all applicable regulations set by Safe Transport Victoria.
Upon the conclusion of the inspection, Ballarat Roadworthy Centre will provide you with a detailed copy of the inspection report. This report will feature visual documentation, including photos or videos, of any components identified as defective or in need of upcoming maintenance, thereby providing a clear and comprehensive overview of areas necessitating attention. This detailed representation facilitates prompt and precise rectification measures, ensuring that every identified concern is addressed accurately and effectively.
We also have the capability to fix the bus onsite, ensuring your bus is ready for service before the next scheduled inspection. This is to remove any inconvenience and ensure the seamless operation of your vehicle.
By choosing Ballarat Roadworthy Centre for your Bus Quarterly Inspections, you are entrusting your vehicle to proficient hands, abiding by the guidelines of Safe Transport Victoria, ensuring its sustained excellent condition and affording you peace of mind.
Annual Bus Inspections
At Ballarat Roadworthy Centre, we have a team of licensed bus testers who are authorized to carry out annual bus safety inspections. Our testers are licensed by VicRoads, the governing body responsible for licensing bus testers in Victoria.
VicRoads has created an interactive map showing all licensed bus testers in Victoria, where you can search for a tester by location. You can be sure that when you choose Ballarat Roadworthy Centre, you are in safe hands, and your bus will receive a thorough inspection that is in compliance with all legal requirements.
Starting from July 1, 2020, VicRoads has updated the categories for bus inspections to align with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for heavy vehicle inspections. The Small Bus category has been replaced with the Light Bus category, which applies to all vehicles with a weight up to and including 4.5 tonnes GVM and ten seats or more (including the driver). Inspection of Light Buses must conform to all applicable standards and design rules for light vehicles, including VSI26.
The Large Bus category has been replaced with the Heavy Bus category, which applies to all vehicles with a weight over 4.5 tonnes GVM and ten seats or more (including the driver). Inspection of Heavy Buses must conform to all applicable standards, design rules, and national laws for heavy vehicles, including the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM).
At Ballarat Roadworthy Centre, we are fully equipped to handle both Light Bus and Heavy Bus inspections, ensuring that your bus is safe and ready to hit the road. Contact us today to book your inspection appointment!