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Approved Inspection Stations (AIS)

Information for the public and service providers, these being AIS Proprietors and Vehicle Examiners (VEs) regarding mechanically based vehicle inspections. VEs are persons approved by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to conduct vehicle inspections.

There are six different types of inspections conducted by VE’s:

Type 1: Light vehicle, trailer, private buses and motorcycle pre-registration checks, (up to 4.5 tonnes GVM/GTM). Defect notices which have nominated on the notice ‘to be cleared by an AIS’.

Type 2: Periodic taxi, luxury hire cars, restricted hire vehicles, hire and drive vehicles, and large passenger vehicles with a seating capacity less than 13 seats not requiring a brake efficiency test. Defect notices which are nominated on the notice to be cleared by an AIS. Type approval of vehicles requested by the Registrar;

Type 3: Periodic large public passenger vehicle inspection. Defect notices requiring “brake testing” which are nominated to be cleared by an AIS;

Type 4: Heavy vehicle, trailer, private buses, hire and drive vehicles (greater than 4.5 tonnes GVM/GTM). Defect notices requiring ”brake testing” which are nominated to be cleared by an AIS.

Type 5: Periodic Driving Instructor Vehicle inspections.

Type 6: New heavy vehicles and trailer inspections (greater than 4.5 tonne GVM/GTM)

Information and links useful for the public

AIS locations and contact information

Vehicle inspection fact sheets

How do I apply to become an AIS and/or Vehicle Examiner

Information about how to become a type one AIS

  • If you are interested in becoming an approved inspection station able to inspect heavy vehicles and/or passenger transport vehicles we strongly encourage you to read the following document: Future Engagement of Heavy and Public Passenger Vehicle Approved Inspection Stations (PDF) (Word)

Information and links useful for AIS Proprietors and VEs


Checklists for imported vehicles

Legal requirements of a Vehicle Examiner

This handbook has been produced by the Department of State Growth to assist Vehicle Examiners (VE) in understanding their legal responsibility as a Vehicle Examiner.

Grid Locations

External links for AIS


Service Tasmania on 1300 135 513 or international +61 3 6169 9017