What Happens During A Vehicle Safety?

The Passenger/Light-Duty Vehicle Inspection has been implemented since 2016 by the government of Ontario. The mechanic’s job is to make sure your vehicle passes and meets safety standards.

The following parts of the vehicle are checked to make sure your car is in acceptable driving condition.

Bald Tires Or low Tread

Your tires are essential for stopping and driving safely, and we check to make sure you have the proper rubber for safe driving.

Vehicle Exhaust System

Your exhaust should have no leaks or cracks that would let carbon monoxide fumes into the air.


We make sure you have enough on your pads so you can brake safely and quickly.


It is essential to see that your ball joints are not out of line.

Vehicle Instruments

Odometers and Speedometers must be working correctly.


The mirrors must be operable and in working condition

Seats and Seatbelts

You must be secure in your vehicle especially when driving at high speeds having properly mounted seats and belts are a must.

Wheel Mounts And Rims

We check to make sure the wheel mounts and rims are in a safe condition


The steering needs to turn the vehicle properly

Body Work

Scratches and dings are ok, but we check for any damage that would be unsafe.

Neutral Safety Switch

We make sure the vehicle starts only when in park or neutral

Windshield Wipers

It is crucial to have proper working wipers, especially in extreme weather conditions.

Lamps And Reflectors

All The Lights And Reflectors must be working properly

Frame And Components

Vehicle frames need to be checked to be sure they are not out of line

Fuel System

The fuel system will be diagnosed to be sure of safety.

Accelerator Linkage

The mechanic will make sure the linkage is working properly.

Does My Vehicle Need A Safety Inspection In Ontario?

The guidelines state private motor vehicles need to be inspected when it changes ownership or when it is registered in Ontario after coming from another province.

Do I need a spare tire to pass a safety?

No Although you do not need a spare tire your tread must meet depth requirements. You cannot have cuts or cracks or bulges in the sidewalls.

How long is a car safety good for?

 The safety lasts for 36 days after your vehicle is inspected by a mechanic.

Q-Tires Plus

164 Hartzel Rd, St.Catharines On.

905 346 1221

Vehicle Safety Inspections Niagara