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Commercial passenger vehicle inspection approval

CPVV is undertaking a review of the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Inspection Approval Policy. The review process has taken longer than expected. Consequently, we now expect the review to be finalised by mid-2022. Review outcomes will be communicated to industry as soon as possible after this time. If you would like to know more please contact policy@cpv.vic.gov.au.

A copy of the policy, including the applicant eligibility criteria, can be accessed below.

Frequently asked questions about the current policy are available here .

Annual vehicle inspection requirements

All commercial passenger vehicles must undergo an annual inspection to ensure they are roadworthy and provide a safe and comfortable experience for passengers.

Under vehicle registration conditions, vehicle owners are required to:

  • carry a current, annual Certificate of Roadworthiness for the licensed vehicle, or
  • carry current evidence that the vehicle has passed a CPVV-approved inspection process
  • produce that certificate or evidence to a CPVV officer, when requested.

Commercial passenger vehicle owners have access to the entire Licensed Vehicle Tester (LVT) network across the state. This policy allows vehicle owners to access alternative vehicle inspection services. Vehicle owners can choose between:

  • an annual roadworthy vehicle inspection based on requirements set out in the VicRoads document titled, Vehicle Standards Information bulletin 26 (VSI 26) (see current vehicle standards information on the VicRoads website), or
  • a CPVV-approved commercial passenger vehicle inspection process (vehicle inspections are only conducted on the premises approved by CPVV).

Evidence of an annual vehicle inspection

After completing a successful commercial passenger vehicle inspection, the approved tester will issue:

  • a Certificate of Roadworthiness, or
  • a vehicle inspection report for an inspection process approved under the CPVV Commercial passenger vehicle inspection approval policy.

The VicRoads Certificate of Roadworthiness, or vehicle inspection report issued by the CPVV-approved commercial passenger vehicle tester, must be kept inside the vehicle as evidence of the inspection. An electronic copy of a Certificate of Roadworthiness stored on an electronic device is also acceptable.

CPVV will accept both forms of evidence of an annual commercial passenger vehicle inspection.

Please note: CPVV continues to require Licensed Vehicle Testers to inspect Wheelchair Accessible Commercial Passenger Vehicles (WAVs) against the VSI 26 Roadworthiness requirements and CPV's Specifications for WAVs. These specifications outline specific vehicle requirements relating to wheelchair accommodation, hoists and ramps, and restraint systems.