Charges laid following fraudulent vehicle inspections in Wagga Wagga


A man has been charged and 24 infringement notices issued to drivers following an investigation into fraudulent vehicle inspections in the Wagga Wagga area.

A 51 year old man was arrested at an auto centre, he was conveyed to Wagga Police station and charged with 10 counts of publishing false and misleading material to obtain an advantage.

The man was granted bail to face court.

As part of ongoing investigations, with assistance from Transport for NSW, officers conducted a compliance operation at RMS pits in Wagga Wagga on Saturday (20 March 2021).

During the operation, nine vehicles were examined and issued with labels and defects relating to non-compliance.

Police issued 24 infringement notices and 13 defect notices for assorted breaches of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017, including leaking brake components, homemade suspension components that weren’t certified, and dangerous bulbar protrusions.

Acting Inspector Brett Collins from Riverina Highway Patrol said during the operation investigators identified three fraudulently issued inspection reports from Authorised Inspector Stations (AIS).

“We are sending a strong message that if you are engaged with issuing fraudulent inspection reports, you can expect us to be paying a visit to your business and potentially laying criminal charges,” A/Insp Collins said.

“This kind of behaviour creates significant risk in the community, when vehicles being used on public roads are not in fact roadworthy.

“Vehicles that don’t meet standards are likely to be a contributing factor to collisions and fatalities.”

Investigations are continuing.