When you need an inspection
Every motorcycle 125cc and below and moped registered in Jersey needs to be inspected every 2 years after it's 3 years old.
The inspection can be completed up to 2 months before its due date. The date the inspection is due is based on the vehicles First Date of Use. This can be found on the registration document and will be the earliest date of registration.
Use the vehicle inspection date calculator to check when your vehicle is next due.
We'll write to the owner at their registered address in advance, but it's the registered owners responsibility to make sure that it is inspected in time.
Vehicle inspection date calculator
When an inspection is not required
An inspection is not required if your vehicle is not being used on the road, for example it's being stored or restored. As soon as you intend to use you moped / motorcycle on the road, an inspection will be required.
You don't require an inspection if your moped / motorcycle is over 40 years old.
Booking an inspection
Bookings are now being taken.
Registered owners will receive a letter from DVS two months before the inspection deadline. This will tell you when your inspection is due and how to book.
To make a booking:
- call DVS on +44 (0) 1534 448600 or in person to DVS reception at La Collette to book a time
- pay the fee of £30 at time of booking
- DVS will confirm the booking by email or appointment slip
The inspection will be carried out at the DVS facility at La Collette.
You're required to bring the vehicle for inspection in a clean and roadworthy condition. It's advisable to have your vehicle serviced by a qualified mechanic, as per the owner's manual.
When you arrive at DVS you should report to reception. A DVS inspector will inspect your moped /motorcycle against the standards below, which will take 15 minutes.
The inspector will advise you of the outcome.
What will be inspected
Your motorcycle or moped will be inspected against the DVS Inspection sheet for motorcycles and mopeds. The detailed technical standards are set out in the DVS Inspection Manual: Mopeds and Motorcycles.
DVS Inspection Check Sheet
DVS Inspection Manual: Mopeds and Motorcycles
The inspection covers:
|Registration plate, vehicle identification and frame numbers|
- that they're present and legible
- operation and performance (efficiency test)
- system controls
|Steering and suspension|
Components are secure in good condition and are effective:
- head bearings
- handlebars including grips
- swinging arm
- shock absorbers
Required lighting works correctly and are secure:
- headlamp(s) are the correct colour
|Wheels and tyres|
- condition and tread depth
- size and type
- correct fitment and valve condition
- free from cracks, damage and distortion
no corrosion which is likely to affect the steering, braking or integrity of frame
- for leaks
- security of its components
- presence of a riders seat
- that the seat/s are attached securely
- correct alignment of front and rear wheels
- works properly
- suitable for the vehicle
- that the chain or belt isn't too loose, tight or worn
- that the sprockets or pulleys aren't too worn and any guards are secure
- if shaft driven that the shaft is secure
- works properly over whole range
|Clutch lever (manual gear change)|
- isn't bent, damaged or shortened so that it can't be easily used
- present and fitted securely
- secure and complete
- is correctly marked for road use
- it's not too noisy
- for excessive emissions
|Sidecars (if fitted)|
- for secure attachment
- suspension components
- wheel bearings and alignment
- lights and tyres
The DVS inspection isn't the same as a vehicle service and so doesn't include the general mechanical condition of the vehicle.
If your motorcycle / moped passes the inspection, a Certificate of Satisfaction will be given to the person presenting the vehicle for inspection, the record of passing will also be held at DVS against the vehicle's registration record.
You won't need to display anything in your vehicle, but a police officer may ask you to provide the Certificate of Satisfaction within a set time period if you're not able to show it at the time of asking.
Jersey legislation does not require you to carry any documentation to prove that it has been inspected. If you are taking your motorcycle / moped outside Jersey, you need to check the paperwork you are legally required to have in the country you're travelling in.
The person presenting the vehicle will be given a failure notice, and verbal explanation of why your vehicle has not passed.
The failure notice will indicate the level of failure and the inspector will say whether your vehicle is safe to drive away from the test station or whether you will need to arrange to have it removed from DVS.
If you're allowed to drive the vehicle away it may only be for a single journey to a place off the road or where you can get the necessary repairs carried out.
If you have the remedial work carried out and the vehicle passes the inspection within 30 days you will only pay half the inspection fee of £15. After the 30-day period you will have to pay the full fee of £30 again.