Under the Bus Safety Act 2009 (Vic) bus inspections, better to say bus safety inspections, are a legal requirement for accredited and registered operators. Each bus in an operators fleet must undergo an annual inspection.
The bus inspection is a check of the bus to ensure that key components have not worn or deteriorated and that it is safe for normal road use. An inspection mainly covers items including:
After an inspection, the licensed bus tester will issue a roadworthy certificate or a test report listing the defective areas of the bus.
A roadworthy certificate means that the bus is safe for normal road use. However, it does not mean that the vehicle is in top condition without wear or deterioration. For the purposes of the Bus Safety Act the certificate is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
If issued with a test report, a follow-up inspection is not required.
Accredited operators must add the defects to the ‘defect reporting and clearance’ section of their maintenance management system (MMS) and rectify the defects before using the bus in their bus service.
Registered operators should keep records of their annual bus safety inspection and must rectify the defects before using the bus in their bus service. Although the Act does not require registered bus operators to have a MMS, Bus Safety Victoria may request evidence that buses have been maintained in a roadworthy condition.