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Environment Protection Authority

Noise Testing and Anti-Tampering Inspection Scheme

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has a compliance and enforcement program in place to minimise the number of non-compliant noisy vehicles operating on NSW roads. The Noise Testing and Anti-Tampering Inspection Scheme (NTATIS) has been developed as part of the program.

Under the scheme, the EPA has established approved inspection stations in Sydney and regional areas. Vehicles reported to EPA as being excessively noisy may be issued with a vehicle inspection notice (VIN), under section 207 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. A VIN requires the registered owner to present the vehicle for inspection at an EPA approved inspection station. This is to determine if the vehicle’s exhaust noise level, noise control equipment and pollution control equipment comply with legal requirements.

If EPA officers establish a vehicle’s exhaust noise level exceeds the legal limits and/or the vehicles pollution control devices have been removed disconnected or impaired, they may issue the registered owner with a defective vehicle notice (DVN). The owner must take any necessary actions to ensure the vehicle complies with the Protection of the Environment (Noise Control) Regulation 2008 and the Protection of the Environment (Clean Air) Regulation 2010. Once corrected, the owner must present the vehicle for an exhaust noise test and inspection at an EPA approved inspection station to clear the DVN.

If an owner fails to comply with the requirements of a DVN, the EPA may suspend the vehicle’s registration. This may be because:

  • the owner failed to present a vehicle for inspection as required by the notice
  • any subsequent defects were not rectified by the due date specified on the DVN and the motor vehicle is in such a condition that its sale or use in that condition would constitute an offence.

Frequently asked questions

What legislation covers the environmental requirements for motor vehicles?

Environmental requirements for motor vehicles are covered under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, the Protection of the Environment (Noise Control) Regulation 2008 and the Protection of the Environment (Clean Air) Regulation 2010.

What is a vehicle inspection notice?

A vehicle inspection notice is a legal notice issued by the EPA to the registered owner of a vehicle. The notice requires presenting the vehicle for an exhaust noise test and inspection of pollution control equipment, to determine if the vehicle complies with environmental legislation.

Why did I receive a vehicle inspection notice?

The vehicle registered in your name has been reported to the EPA. The report indicated the vehicle is excessively noisy and is likely to be exceeding the legal noise levels.

What happens now that I have received a vehicle inspection notice?

You must take that vehicle to an EPA approved inspection station where it will be tested for noise levels and have its pollution control devices inspected. Before contacting an EPA approved inspection station, it is recommended you make any necessary repairs to the vehicle’s pollution control devices or vehicle noise levels.

How do I find out which approved inspection station I can go to?

You can take the vehicle to any EPA approved inspection station. You must make an appointment with the station before taking your vehicle for testing and inspection.

View contact details for all stations

Who will carry out the noise test and inspection?

An EPA approved mechanic at the inspection station will undertake the test and inspection. The approved mechanic has been trained by EPA, in vehicle exhaust noise testing and identifying and assessing vehicle pollution control devices.

When do I have to present the vehicle for testing and inspection?

The compliance due date is specified in the notice.

How much will the test and inspection cost?

The maximum charge per inspection is:

  • $60.50 if your vehicle is a car, bus or truck
  • $40.15 if your vehicle is a motorcycle.

What does the test and inspection involve?

An exhaust noise test will be conducted according to the National Stationary Exhaust Noise Test Procedures for in-service Motor Vehicles. Noise will be measured when the engine is running at a predetermined engine speed (RPM). The maximum noise level at back off (when the engine RPM is reduced from the predetermined test speed) will also be measured. The vehicle’s exhaust noise level is the maximum average level recorded during the noise test.

The vehicle’s noise control equipment and pollution control equipment will also be inspected

The EPA approved mechanic can answer all your questions about the noise test or vehicle inspection. Otherwise, contact the EPA on 02 9995 5700.

What will the approved mechanic do when they have tested and inspected the vehicle?

The mechanic will complete an approved mechanics report, recording the results of the test and inspection conducted on your vehicle. Following the inspection, the mechanic sends the report to the EPA. You will be given a copy and the mechanic can tell you the results of the inspection and advise if further repairs are required.

What will happen if the noise test shows the vehicle exhaust noise levels meet the EPA’s requirements and the inspection shows that the pollution control equipment conform to the EPA’s criteria?

EPA compliance officers will review the report. If they are satisfied the vehicle noise levels meet the legal noise limits and the pollution control devices conform to the EPA’s inspection criteria, you will receive a letter stating no further action is necessary.

What will happen if the noise test shows that the vehicle exhaust noise levels do not meet the EPA’s requirements and/or the inspection shows that the pollution control equipment do not conform to the EPA’s criteria?

The owner is given a copy of the report advising them of the repairs to be completed by the compliance due date on the vehicle inspection notice. If this has lapsed, the EPA will issue a defective vehicle notice to the registered vehicle owner, you must undertake any necessary repairs and present the vehicle for reinspection.

Important

Take the vehicle to an approved inspection station as soon as possible after receiving the notice to allow sufficient time to undertake any necessary repairs before the compliance due date specified in the notice.

If the results of inspection or test indicate the vehicle needs to be repaired prior to being re-inspected/re-tested, you or a person of your choice may undertake those repairs, you are not required to have the repairs undertaken by the approved mechanic

What happens if I ignore the vehicle inspection notice or don’t present the vehicle by the due date in the vehicle inspection notice?

The EPA will issue a defective vehicle notice to the registered vehicle owner.

What is a defective vehicle notice?

A defective vehicle notice is a legal notice issued by the EPA and may require the owner to repair the vehicle so its exhaust noise levels are reduced to within the legal limits, rectify any defective noise control equipment and/or undertake necessary works to refit, reconnect or repair any prescribed anti-pollution devices or any device designed or intended to minimise air pollution.

Important

Failure to comply with the requirements of a defective vehicle notice by the compliance due date may result in the EPA suspending the vehicle’s registration. If the registration is suspended, it is an offence to use the vehicle on a road or road-related area, except to take the vehicle to a place:

  • to be tested and or inspected in accordance with the requirements of an EPA notice or to be inspected by or with the authority of an authorised officer or
  • to have repairs or other work carried out in order to comply with the defective vehicle notice or another notice or
  • to return the vehicle from such a place to the place where the vehicle is usually kept.

What do I do if my vehicle has been sold, stolen, in an accident or taken temporarily off the road for repairs or has been permanently taken off the road?

Write to the EPA explaining the circumstances before the compliance due date in the vehicle inspection notice or defective vehicle notice. Include evidence to support your explanation.

What will happen if my registration is suspended and I then rectify the faults specified in the defective vehicle notice?

Present the vehicle to an approved inspection station for noise testing and/or inspection by an approved mechanic. Give the defective vehicle notice to the approved mechanic as it will contain details of the defective items requiring rectification to have the notice cleared. The mechanic will provide the EPA with the findings of the test and/or inspection. If the mechanic’s report indicates the defects have been rectified, the EPA will clear the defective vehicle notice and lift the suspension of registration.

What should I do if I don’t have or cannot find the defective vehicle notice issued for the vehicle?

Contact the EPA on 02 9995 5700 to get a copy of the defective vehicle notice. Take this copy with you to the approved inspection station when you present the vehicle for testing and/or inspection.

EPA approved inspection stations

Location Approved inspection station Contact  Vehicles tested 
Wollongong area Danic’s Auto & Tyre Service Centre
75 Princes Highway
ALBION PARK RAIL 2527

Tel: 02 4257 9999

Fax: 02 4256 2180 

Cars
Motorcycles
Trucks
Buses 

South Western Sydney area Waminda Service Centre
79 Waminda Avenue
CAMPBELLTOWN 2560

Tel: 02 4625 6706

Fax: 02 4620 4081 

Cars
Motorcycles
Trucks
Buses  

Western Sydney area  Archer’s Motor Repairs Pty Ltd
22 Cowper Street
GRANVILLE 2142

Tel: 02 9637 5583

Fax: 02 9637 0574

Cars
Motorcycles
Central Coast Hunter area Redhead Automotive Centre
32 Kalaroo Road
REDHEAD 2290

Tel: 02 4944 7855

Fax: 02 4944 8425

Cars
Motorcycles
Trucks
Buses
Riverina area Graeme Seaman Automotive
8 Forge Street
WAGGA WAGGA 2650

Tel: 02 6931 8383

Fax: 02 6971 9700

Cars
Motorcycles
Trucks
Buses
North Coast area Toormina Auto Care
20 Hulberts Road
TOORMINA 2452

Tel: 02 6653 1523

Fax: 02 6658 8721

Cars
Motorcycles
Trucks
Buses

Important

A vehicle may be taken to any of these EPA approved inspection stations for the inspection. The station does not need to be closest to the place the vehicle is normally garaged. However, to avoid problems or delays in processing the approved mechanics report, the vehicle should be returned to the same station for any further inspections.

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Page last updated: 10 September 2015