Yellow sticker (compliance notice)
What is a compliance notice?
Vehicles found to be unroadworthy are issued with a compliance notice (sometimes referred to as a yellow sticker, defect notice or work order) and must be inspected at an Authorised Inspection Station
Who can issue a compliance notice?
In Western Australia, a compliance notice can be issued by a:
- Police Officer.
- Licensing Vehicle Examiner.
- Authorised Vehicle Examiner.
- Wardens operating with the Dealer Compliance Unit.
- Wardens operating with the Omnibus Section of Licensing.
- Authorised school bus inspectors.
- Wardens operating with the Road Transport Compliance Unit.
- Authorised Regional Coordinators operating in rural areas of W.A.
What you need to do
To have a compliance notice cleared/removed, you must arrange for your vehicle to be inspected at an Authorised Inspection Station within 14 days of the expiry date on the compliance notice. To find a centre or station near you, refer to vehicle inspection locations
Before you arrange for your vehicle to be inspected, you should ensure it is roadworthy. At an Authorised Inspection Station your vehicle will be inspected for all defects, not just for the defects shown on the compliance notice.
An Examiner can order a vehicle off the road immediately if they consider that its defects make it too dangerous to be driven on the road.
Depending on the extent and nature of any outstanding defects and the opinion of the Examiner about the time required to complete repairs, a new work order may be granted from the time the vehicle is presented to the Examiner. However, road safety will always be a major consideration in determining whether to grant an extension.
Provided the vehicle is licensed (registered), and then only if the vehicle fault for which the Compliance Notice was issued has been rectified, the vehicle may be driven to an Authorised Inspection Station to be inspected.
If the vehicle becomes unlicensed (unregistered), a temporary movement permit is required.
Refer to Get my vehicle inspected or moved to find out more.
If you do not respond to the compliance notice
If your vehicle has not been fully inspected within 14 days of the expiry date of a compliance notice, you will be issued with a first and final notice. This requires you to have your vehicle inspected or surrender the licence plates.
Failure to comply may result in the seizure of your number plates (vehicle licence plates) and the issue of an infringement notice. A notice requiring you to return the number plates (vehicle licence plates) will be produced if a vehicle has not been fully inspected within 28 days of the compliance notice expiry date. Once this occurs, the vehicle licence (registration) may not be renewed until the vehicle has been inspected and the compliance notice is cleared.
If your number plates (vehicle licence plates) are returned, you must obtain temporary movement permit to drive the vehicle to a place of inspection for inspection.
Expired compliance notices
Use of a vehicle on or after the time and date specified on the compliance notice is strictly prohibited unless:
- The defects specified in the vehicle defect compliance notice have first been rectified.
- The vehicle is being taken, for the purpose of being inspected, by the shortest most practical route from the place where the defects have been rectified, directly to the nearest place established by the Director General for the Department of Transport for the inspection of vehicles.
- The vehicle in question is currently licensed.
- A temporary movement permit cannot be issued to a licensed vehicle.
The driver of a vehicle on a road where a compliance notice has expired and the vehicle fault for which a compliance notice was issued has not been repaired commits an offence.
If a vehicle defect compliance notice has expired and the defect has not been rectified, the vehicle will need to be towed to a repairer or a vehicle inspection station
If the vehicle licence expires, the number plates must be surrendered and returned to the Director General (your nearest Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre) within 15 days to prevent an infringement being issued for failing to return the number plates.
Getting a vehicle to an inspection centre once a compliance notice has expired
Provided that the vehicle is currently licensed (and therefore covered by Motor Injury Insurance (MII)), a vehicle with an expired compliance notice may be driven to the nearest inspection centre from the place of repair without a temporary movement permit. It may not be used on road for any other purpose.
What to do if you can not get your vehicle inspected within 14 days of expiry
If it is not possible to arrange a vehicle inspection within 14 days of the compliance notice expiry date, you should surrender the number plates (vehicle licence plates) at any of our Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agents. The inspection to re-license the vehicle is the same as the inspection to clear a compliance notice.
Clearing or issuing a new compliance notice in another Australian jurisdiction
A compliance notice may be issued or cleared in any other Australian Jurisdiction, regardless of where the vehicle is licensed, or the notice is issued. A reciprocal arrangement between the Jurisdictions ensures that any action in respect of a compliance notice is notified by the issuing authority to the home Jurisdiction and vice versa.
Details of the compliance notice and the vehicle are recorded by both the Jurisdiction in which the vehicle is licensed (registered) and the Jurisdiction in which the compliance notice is issued.
To have an interstate compliance notice cleared, or a new one issued, the vehicle should be presented at an authorised place of inspection in any Australian Jurisdiction. Advice may be sought concerning any further action required.
Compliance notice (green sticker)
Wardens operating with the Dealer Compliance Unit issue green stickers to vehicles located within the premises of a motor vehicle dealer. Green stickers prohibit the sale of the vehicle except for the purposes of wrecking.
A person selling a vehicle through a dealer under a consignment agreement that is issued a green sticker will be responsible for the cost of repairs and the removal of the vehicle from the motor vehicle dealer's premises.
Vehicle inspection costs
You will need to pay an inspection fee, which entitles you to one full inspection only. These fees are not between Authorised Inspection Stations.
The fee is charged to offset the costs of inspecting vehicles for the purposes of licensing. The fee varies based on the type of vehicle, its size, number of axles and whether it is motorised or not.