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The Ultimate Guide To Car Inspections In Singapore

Car inspections are essential to keeping Singapore’s roads safe by ensuring your car is safe for driving. That is why car inspections are as frequent as once a year for private cars, and it is extremely important to attend them regularly when you are due for an inspection.

If you are wondering how frequently you should be going for car inspections, as well as what to be aware of leading up to your next car inspection, UCARS has got you covered in this ultimate guide to car inspections in Singapore.

When should I go for a car inspection?

The frequency of your car inspection depends on the age of your car. For instance, brand new cars are required to undergo for their first inspection after three years, while cars over the age of 10 are required to be inspected on a yearly basis. Here is a table encompassing the frequency of inspections according to the age of your car.

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.

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

Even if you do not keep track of the dates, there is no need to worry. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will send you a reminder within three months of your inspection due date. Once you receive the letter, you are free to go for an inspection anytime before the due date.

Where can I go for a car inspection?

Car inspection services in Singapore are available at LTA-Authorised Inspection Centres (AIC) islandwide. These centres include:

What do inspectors look for during car inspections?

Car Inspection Officer In Singapore

Source: VICOM

Inspectors will look for a list of things to ensure that your car is fit to be driven on the roads – for the safety of the driver, motorists, and pedestrians. Here are the things that will be checked during your visit to inspection centres.

  • Structural integrity
  • Wheel system
  • Braking system
  • Steering system
  • Condition of the vehicle’s body
  • Visual & Indication system
  • Propulsion system

What should I prepare before my next car inspection?

Now that you know what will be checked during an inspection, here are some things you can take note of and prepare for before your next visit.

  • Cars that have been in accidents before should be properly fixed up
  • Tyres that are worn out are periodically replaced and fitted well by workshop professionals
  • Replace your brake pads when they wear out
  • Do not modify your engine and exhaust system without approval from LTA

(Related Story: A Guide To Choosing The Right Car Workshop In Singapore)

What happens if I fail a car inspection?

Car Inspection Service Singapore

Source: The Smart Local

If you fail to pass your car inspection, you are required to replace the failed systems and go for a re-inspection before your car is allowed to be driven on the roads again.

For cars that fail due to illegal modifications in Singapore, drivers will face a fine during the first offence, and repeated offenders will have to undergo more frequent inspections under the Enhanced Inspection Regime (EIR). Second-time offenders would have to undergo inspection once every six months for two years, while third-time or more offenders would have to undergo inspection every three months for two years.

To make sure this does not happen, ensure that your car is properly maintained and serviced regularly, and does not have any car modifications that are illegal in Singapore.

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