Vehicle Roadworthiness Tests in Malaysia

Information on the roadworthiness test for your car or other motor vehicle in Malaysia...

It is not a legal requirement for privately owned vehicles to undergo annual roadworthiness inspections in Malaysia. Commercial vehicles however must undergo roadworthiness checks every six months. However, there are several circumstances in which roadworthiness checks are required for private vehicles.

Roadworthiness Checks for Private Vehicles

Roadworthiness checks are required when:

  • The vehicle engine's capacity has been changed
  • The vehicle transfers ownership
  • A vehicle is adapted for LPG (liquid petroleum gas)
  • The registration number on a vehicle is changed
  • The road tax has been out of date for more than one year
  • A vehicle is imported
  • A person wishes to purchase a used vehicle using a loan

In these circumstances it is necessary for the vehicle to undergo a roadworthiness check at Puspakom. The Road Transport Department (JPJ) is no longer responsible for roadworthiness tests. It is now the responsibility of Puspakom, who have testing centres all over the country, to conduct these tests. If the vehicle passes the test it will be issued with a report required by the Road Transport Department to transfer ownership.

Puspakom inspection centres operate from 8:00–17:00 (Monday to Friday) and 8:00–13:00 (Saturday). Branches at Johor, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan are open from 8:00–17:30 (Sunday to Thursday).

Insurance companies may also ask for a roadworthiness certificate before selling customers an insurance policy.

Taking a Roadworthiness Test

To take a roadworthiness test it is necessary to locate the nearest Puspakom test centre and make an appointment. Tests take between one hour and a day. The Puspakom website has a list of the 55 inspection centres. 

What is tested?

In the standard ten-point inspection the following checks are made:

  • Safety
  • Emissions
  • Brakes
  • Suspension
  • Headlights
  • Speedometer
  • Undercarriage
  • Tinted glass check
  • Above carriage check
  • Identification check

Inspections do vary however depending on the type of vehicle; for details about the different types of inspections, click on the above links.

After an inspection is completed a Vehicle Inspection Report (VR1) is issued. If the vehicle fails, the problems will need to be fixed and then it is necessary to go back for a re-inspection. T

Vehicle Inspection Reports state whether the vehicle has passed the inspection, and are valid for 30 days.