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TitleVehicle inspection at change of ownership
AuthorsHeyworth JS, McLean AJ
Year1986
TypeReport
AbstractThe introduction of vehicle inspection programs has been based upon the premise that they will lead to the identification of safety-related-vehicle defects. Mandatory correction of the identified defective items should therefore lead t o an increase in safety. In practice, it has been difficult to demonstrate clearly that vehicle inspection programs do in fact reduce the frequency of accidents due to vehicle defects. There are several reasons why this difficulty exists, including the possibility that such programs are ineffective, even to the extent of being counter-productive. Another reason is that vehicle defects are thought to account for only a small percentage of all crashes. Hence even if a vehicle inspection program is highly effective in identifying and correcting vehicle defects in accident frequency will.
Report Number7/86
PublisherRoad Accident Research Unit
Publisher CityAdelaide
SponsorDepartment of Transport (SA), Road Safety Division
Page Count36
Notesavailable from CASR library on request

Reference
Heyworth JS, McLean AJ (1986) Vehicle inspection at change of ownership (7/86), Road Accident Research Unit, Adelaide.