In 1968, 53% of all accidental fatalities in Australia were motor vehicle accident fatalities. One countermeasure is the compulsory inspection of motor vehicles in use for their roadworthiness. Inspection schemes available are reviewed. Statistical evidence of defect of vehicles-in-use is given showing the extent to which particular defects contribute to accidents and how various inspection schemes will identify these defects. Plausible frequency of inspections are discussed in respect to the safety benefits. Standards are developed to define defective components and systems, and the conditions of the test. Choices of personnel, testing equipment, testing authority and recall programs are investigated, as well as costs involved. Benefits of a motor vehicle inspection program for the individual motorist stem from enforced maintenance of his vehicle. Consequently, his maintenance and operating costs are lowered, life-span of the vehicle is increased, accident involvement probability is reduced and time is saved. Benefits accrue for the general public because the probability of road accidents is reduced. Cost considerations of motor vehicle accidents are highly complex, and present information is incomplete. Broad application of system-analysis methods is required to deal with current traffic safety problems. /MW/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transport, Australia

    P.O. Box 367
    Canberra, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Foldvary, L A
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 169 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099592
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NR/9
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM