Queensland’s bus and public transport operators will be subject to a yearly annual inspection, with new government reforms in place to remove a compulsory previous six-month inspection.
The change follows consultation with the bus and coach industry, and brings vehicle-inspection requirements in line with taxis, limousines, and booked hire vehicles. The changes will be implemented in two phases, with additional reform announcements expected early next year.
In a statement on Wednesday, transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey said the move would reduce the number of inspections required for operators who needed a Certificate of Inspection under the vehicle inspection program.
This change, in addition to light vehicle (up to 4.5 tonnes) owners being given extra choice of inspection service providers, would create business opportunities for regional and remote mechanical services, the minister added. With the exception of licensed tow trucks, owners of light vehicles can now elect for the inspection to be completed by an approved station or a government station.
“This gives vehicles owners a choice – allowing for better accessibility to an inspection whenever and wherever it’s required,” Bailey said.
“It also allows for vehicles garaged in a remote area, including heavy trucks and trailers, to have the same choice for an inspection,” he said.
David Tape, chief executive director of the Queensland Bus Industry Council, said he was pleased to see a ‘significant change’ to the Programmed Vehicle Inspection regime come into effect.
“The changes reduce the cost and provide flexibility and choice for bus operators,” Tape said.
“We worked in partnership with the state government and the department of transport and main roads to deliver a great result for the bus and coach industry.”
“As a contributor to the consultation and engagement undertaken prior to the changes coming into effect, we are pleased to witness this significant change to the Programmed Vehicle Inspection regime,” he said.