Our Bus Inspections service
Nota Motors Bus Inspections Service in Hallam, Melbourne


Nota Motors can arrange for your Annual Bus Inspection at a number of accredited VicRoads testing centres.

Under the Bus Safety Act 2009 (Vic) bus inspections, better to say bus safety inspections, are a legal requirement for accredited and registered operators. Each bus in an operators fleet must undergo an annual inspection.


The bus inspection is a check of the bus to ensure that key components have not worn or deteriorated and that it is safe for normal road use. An inspection mainly covers items including:

  • Wheels and tyres
  • Steering, suspension and braking systems
  • Seats and seat belts
  • Lamps and reflectors
  • Windscreen and windows, including front windscreen
  • Wipers and washers
  • The structure of the bus itself, and
  • Other safety related items on the body, chassis or engine

After an inspection, the licensed bus tester will issue a roadworthy certificate or a test report listing the defective areas of the bus.

A roadworthy certificate means that the bus is safe for normal road use. However, it does not mean that the vehicle is in top condition without wear or deterioration. For the purposes of the Bus Safety Act the certificate is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

If issued with a test report, a follow-up inspection is not required.


Accredited operators must add the defects to the ‘defect reporting and clearance’ section of their maintenance management system (MMS) and rectify the defects before using the bus in their bus service.


Registered operators should keep records of their annual bus safety inspection and must rectify the defects before using the bus in their bus service. Although the Act does not require registered bus operators to have a MMS, Bus Safety Victoria may request evidence that buses have been maintained in a roadworthy condition.


We are one of the leading truck, bus and motorhome repair centres in Melbourne.
All services are performed by highly qualified mechanics.

  • We make your truck & bus servicing convenient for you
  • We are a friendly, helpful and professional group of people
  • We are accredited by VACC and with over 30 years experience
  • Our mechanics know how to handle a wide range of makes and models
  • We get the job done right — the first time
  • Same day service for most repairs and maintenance


  • Are regular oil changes required?

    YES – oil changes are a necessary part of truck ownership for optimal engine results and smooth driving, and it’s easy enough to do at Nota Motors. The changing of a trucks oil is probably one of the most important things a truck owner can do to ensure a high quality engine and extended life of the truck itself.

  • What are the benefits of regular oil changes?

    The noted benefits of this process include improved engine and horsepower, the reduction of friction by increasing lubrication in the engine which prevents overheating and removing impurities that build up around the engine such as dust, metallic shavings, and antifreeze. Not removing these impurities can mean less fuel efficiency and engine processing.

  • How often does my bus need to be inspected?

    Under the Bus Safety Act 2009 (Vic) bus safety inspections are a legal requirement for accredited and registered operators. Each bus that is used in the provision of the operator’s bus service must be inspected annually. We also carryout 3 monthly safety inspections to ensure your buses are fit for the roads and in A1 condition.

  • YES – For peace of mind when purchasing a used vehicle, you can rely on Nota Motors. Our vehicle Inspections are conducted at our premises by qualified diesel mechanics. Once the inspection is completed, you will receive a report that informs you of the overall condition of the vehicle based on an in-depth examination of components.

  • Are shock absorbers important?

    Yes! The main job of a Shock Absorber (Damper) is to reduce the number of oscillations of the springs from them hitting a bump and the spring – air bags coming back to the rest position. The benefit of this is ride control, ride comfort and protection of suspension components. This is why at Nota Motors, we will check the operation and condition of all Shock Absorbers.

  • Why do we need to rotate my wheels?

    Tyre rotation in some instances can increase tyre life by up to 50%, simply by rotating 3-4 times throughout tyre life. By changing the direction of rotation we can minimize any minor irregularities in tyre wear. However, tyre rotation will not rectify any significant abnormal wear. The cause of abnormal wear should be corrected before tyre rotation.

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