VEHICLE INSPECTION AT CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP

No report was found of any evaluation of the effectiveness of a scheme of compulsory vehicle inspection at change of ownership. An estimate based on research conducted in Adelaide and on evaluations of periodic motor vehicle inspection programs overseas suggests that vehicle inspection at change of ownership is unlikely to be cost effective in South Australia. When factors other than the potential reduction in accident losses are taken into account, it becomes even more difficult to present a quantitative assessment of the probable costs and benefits which would be likely to be associated with a scheme of compulsory vehicle inspection at change of ownership. However, it remains unlikely that a sound case could be made on strictly financial grounds for such a scheme. Therefore, it is recommended that: Vehicle inspection at change of ownership should not be made mandatory on cost/effectiveness grounds. Because cost effectiveness is not the only characteristic which may be relevant, it is also recommended that: Any further consideration of the introduction of compulsory vehicle inspection at change of ownership should also take into account factors other than purely financial estimates of the likely costs and benefits.

  • Corporate Authors:

    South Australia Department of Transport, Australia

    Road Safety Division, GPO Box 1443
    Adelaide, South Australia 5001,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Heyworth, J S
    • McLean, A J
  • Publication Date: 1986-6

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 35 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00491828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report Series: 7/86, HS-040 087
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1990 12:00AM