November 1, 2015

If you own a motorbike and you’re not sure about the law regarding a WoF, then this article is for you! Motorbikes need a Warrant of Fitness as well as cars, and it is against the law to have your bike out on the road without a valid WoF.

To have your motorbike on public roads legally, it must have a current WoF (Warrant of Fitness) approved by an official WoF inspector. The cycle must be roadworthy at the time of the last Warrant of Fitness inspection.

In addition to a WoF, a motorbike, just like any vehicle, must display a license plate on the back that can be seen clearly, and of course, you must have a valid driving license. The actual WoF certificate itself needs to also be seen clearly somewhere on the bike.

The inspector who oversees your inspection will give you a copy of the check sheet. It’s important to realise that this is not the actual Warrant of Fitness, but rather only a receipt for the inspection. If your vehicle failed its inspection, the receipt gives you four weeks 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 4 weeks, 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 bike to either get it repaired or going for another inspection.

Before the 1st July2014, Warrant of Fitness inspections were annual for vehicles up to six years old and every six months thereafter. After this date an initial inspection is required for new vehicles, then no further inspections are needed until the vehicle is three years old, and from then on, annual inspections for the lifetime of the vehicle.

So there you have it. If you own a motorbike, then you need a WoF, just like all those car owners! Book in today for your Warrant and let’s get you on the road- both legally and safely.