An Engineer’s Certificate or a Modification Certificate is an Approval Certificate certifying that the modifications to the vehicle have been carried out in accordance with the relative codes, Australian Standards and applicable ADRs.

A VASS certificate is a Modifications Certificate issued under the VicRoads Vehicle Assessment Signatory Scheme. The Certificates provides for Heavy Vehicles over 4.5t GVM and expected national wide as part of the mutually recognition agreement between different States of Australia.

The term AVE stands for an Approved Vehicle Examiner. This is a term used by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to describe individuals who are certified to carry out inspections of modified Heavy Vehicles for compliance with the relative Standards.

Generally, yes. Different States will use different terms. For example, Blue Plates, VSB6 Plates, Engineer’s Certificates, Engineer’s Report, Modifications Certificates, Approval Certificates, Compliance Certificates or VASS Certificate. They are all Approval Certificates for modifications to vehicles.

Heavy Vehicle yes. However, with light vehicles Queensland and New South Wales will require the Modification Certificate to be issued by a Certifier approved with the State of registration.

To arrange for an inspection an online booking service is provide for on the website.

Depending on if the vehicle passes the inspection and all requested information has been provided the Certificate can be processed within a few days.

In the case of light vehicles with a GVM of less than 4.5 t the VASS Certificate is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

If the owner of the vehicles fails to present the valid VASS Certificate within 30days, the certificate will expire and an additional inspection will be needed to be carried out and the reissuing for the VASS Certificate at the owners expense.

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