If you own a motorbike and you’re not certain about the Warrant of Fitness, then this article is for you! Motorbikes need a WoF just as much as cars do, and it’s illegal to have your bike out on the road without one.
To have a motorcycle out on the road and for it to be legal, it must have a current Warrant of Fitness approved by an official WoF inspector and was roadworthy at the time of the last WoF inspection.
In addition to a Warrant of Fitness, all motorcycles must display a number plate on the back that can be clearly read, and, obviously, you must have an up-to-date driving license. The actual Warrant of Fitness needs to also be seen clearly somewhere on the bike.
The official inspector who goes over your bike will give you a copy of the check sheet. It’s important to point out that this is not the actual Warrant of Fitness, but rather just a receipt of payment. If your vehicle failed its WoF inspection, the receipt gives you 28 days to fix whatever was wrong with it and then bring it back for re-inspection. If you bring it back to the same place within those 28 days, you don’t have to pay for the inspection again. It should also be noted that during this time you are only allowed to ride the motorbike to either get it repaired or if you’re going for an inspection.
Before 1/07/2014, Wof inspections were annual for vehicles up to 6 years old and six-monthly thereafter. After this date an initial inspection is required for new vehicles, then no further inspections until the vehicle is 3 years old, then annual inspections for the lifetime of the vehicle.
So there you have it. If you own a motorbike, then you need a Warrant of Fitness, just like all those car owners! Book in today for your Warrant of Fitness and let’s get you on the road- legally and safely.