To ride your motorcycle safely and legally on the road it must have the right equipment (in good working order) and have a current warrant of fitness (WoF). This section explains what your motorcycle must have.
Privately operated motorcycles must have a current WoF. Commercial vehicles must have a current certificate of fitness (CoF).
A current WoF shows the vehicle has been inspected by an approved WoF inspector and was roadworthy at the time of the last WoF inspection.
Warrant of fitness label
In addition to the warrant of fitness, a motorcycle must display a current licence label and a number plate on the back that can be clearly seen.
The WoF label must be attached to the motorcycle where it is clearly visible.
The WoF inspector will give you a copy of the check sheet. This is a receipt of payment for the inspection and is not a warrant of fitness. If your motorcycle failed its WoF inspection, the receipt gives you 28 days to have it fixed and brought back for re-inspection without any additional payment. During that time you are only allowed to ride the motorcycle to get it repaired and re-inspected.
Prior to 1 July 2014, WoF inspections were annual for vehicles up to six years old and six-monthly thereafter.
From 1 July 2014:
You can be fined if you ride any vehicle that is not up to WoF standard on a road. A police officer can require you to stop for a roadside vehicle check at any time.
To meet the WoF standard, your motorcycle must be in good condition (no rust around safety areas) and it must have the following equipment in good working order:
Features your motorcycle must have
Note: this checklist is a guide only. When inspecting your motorcycle, the inspector will use the criteria in the Vehicle inspection requirements manual. For further information regarding vehicle requirements, go to the vehicle inspection portal.
See Loads for more information about carrying loads on a motorcycle.
Last updated: February 2017