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Vehicles have to go for regular inspections to make sure they remain roadworthy.

 

COVID-19 Update: Vehicle owners who are affected by travel restrictions (e.g. your vehicle is in Malaysia) can apply online to defer your periodic vehicle inspection. Click here to find out how.

 

At a glance

Understanding Periodic Vehicle Inspection

The frequency of periodic inspections depends on the type and age of your vehicle.

 

Getting your vehicle inspected

See the list of items checked at a regular inspection.

 

You can send your vehicle for inspection at any LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre (AIC).

 

If your vehicle is due for inspection, you do not need to wait for LTA’s inspection notice to bring your vehicle for inspection.

 

If your vehicle is found to have illegal modifications, it will be more frequently inspected under the Enhanced Inspection Regime (EIR).

 

To get your In-vehicle Unit (IU) inspected, visit an Authorised IU Service Centre.

 

Understanding Periodic Vehicle Inspection


The periodic vehicle inspection regime ensures that vehicle owners maintain their vehicles regularly to meet roadworthiness and emission standards, thus minimising vehicular breakdowns and road accidents. The frequency of inspection depends on the type and age of your vehicle.

When your vehicle is due for inspection, you will receive an inspection notice from LTA within 3 months before your vehicle’s inspection due date. If your vehicle is due for inspection, you need not produce the LTA’s inspection notice to have it inspected.


Vehicle inspection frequency

Type of Vehicle Age of Vehicle
Below 3 years 3 to 10 years > 10 years

Motorcycle/Scooter

Nil

Annually

Annually

Car

Nil

Every 2 years

Annually

Tuition Car

Annually

Annually

Annually

Taxi*

6-monthly

6-monthly

N.A.

Chauffeured Private Hire Car^

Annually

Annually

Annually

Omnibus*

6-monthly

6-monthly

6-monthly

All Other Buses*

Annually

Annually

6-monthly

Goods Vehicle

Annually

Annually

6-monthly

Trailer

Annually

Annually

Annually


*Taxis and buses installed with compressed natural gas (CNG) or bi-fuel CNG systems must have their systems checked every 3 months.

^From 1 January 2021 onwards, all cars converting into Chauffeured Private Hire Cars will be required to undergo a conversion inspection if they do not have a valid periodic inspection pass result within the 3 months prior to conversion. For more information, please click here


Getting your vehicle inspected


During periodic inspections, these will be checked.

Inspection checklist

Structural integrity

The condition of the core structure of the chassis frame

Wheel system

The operating condition of the tyres, suspension, shock absorber, wheel bearing, and the alignment of wheels

Braking system

The braking efficiency of both service and parking brakes

Steering system

The vehicle’s drive shafts and steering system which would affect the vehicle’s directional stability

Condition of the vehicle’s body

The vehicle’s body, seat belts, windscreen, door latch and hinges, and other key components

Visual & Indication system

Vehicle’s headlamps, reflectors, rear view mirror, direction indicators, windscreen wipers, horn, etc

Propulsion system

The vehicle’s exhaust system, to ensure that the emissions and noise levels meet the prevailing standards set by the National Environment Agency

 


You can bring your vehicle to any LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre (AIC) for the periodic inspection. 
 

JIC Inspection Centres

STA Inspection Centres

VICOM Inspection Centres

 

If you need to defer your periodic vehicle inspection, please write in to us via www.lta.gov.sg/feedback with the supporting documents below. Upon approval, you may proceed to renew your road tax for 6 months. Please note that you are still required to produce the vehicle for inspection as soon as it returns to Singapore.

 

Required documents to request deferment of inspection deadline for vehicle or In-vehicle Unit (IU):

1.    A signed letter from the registered vehicle owner stating the following:

·         Name and contact details of vehicle owner

·         Vehicle licence plate number

·         Reasons why the vehicle is unable to be produced for inspection by the due date

·         Estimated date that the vehicle can be produced for the inspection (if possible)

In the same letter, the registered owner has to declare that:

·           The vehicle will not be used on the roads if it does not have valid road tax and insurance

·           The vehicle will be produced for inspection as soon as the vehicle and/or its owner returns to             Singapore, or the owner has finished serving Stay Home Notice or Quarantine Order (where              applicable)

·           The vehicle will be maintained in good operating condition at all times

2.    (If vehicle owner is not in Singapore) A copy of the vehicle owner’s passport i.e. front page with                                 photograph, and page with entry stamp of the country that the vehicle owner is currently residing in

3.    (If vehicle is not in Singapore) Photo showing the vehicle in the foreign country e.g. photo taken with                     prominent landmark or road/street sign

4.    Stay Home Notice or Quarantine Order, if applicable

 

Enhanced Inspection Regime (EIR)


If your vehicle is found with an illegally modified engine or exhaust system more than once, it will require more frequent inspections under the Enhanced Inspection Regime (EIR). The frequency is higher for repeat offenders. 

Announcement Shout-out

To avoid fines and the hassle of having your vehicle inspected more frequently, avoid modifying your vehicle illegally to ensure the safety of our roads.


Learn more about vehicle modifications

Illegal modification of engine or exhaust system

Enhanced Inspection Regime

Second-time offender

Vehicle has to be inspected every 6 months for 2 years

Third-time and more frequent offender

Vehicle has to be inspected every 3 months for 2 years

 

 

In-vehicle Unit (IU) inspection


For IU-related issues, visit an Authorised IU Service Centre. Check with the centres directly for their operating hours. 

AICs

Other Appointed Centres

 

If you need to defer your In-Vehicle Unit (IU) inspection, please write in to us via www.lta.gov.sg/feedback with supporting documents