Inspection for Electric Vehicles


Does Electric Vehicles (EV) require inspection? 

Electric Vehicles (EV) are more reliable than conventional vehicles using Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) as there are fewer moving parts. There are, for example, no gasket leaks, need for oil changes nor clogged valve issues. But the lack of these issues gives the false impression that EVs do not require periodic checks. 

It is important to remember that there are other components of the EV which include the vehicle’s structural integrity, body condition, as well as its lighting, braking and wheel systems. These are parts of the vehicle which are subject to common wear and tear over time. In addition, vehicle modifications occur in every category of vehicles, from motorcycle to car to commercial vehicle. When this happens, even in the case of EVs, the integrity of the structure or compromises to safety will still be an issue. 

In addition, EVs do require other types of checks on their high-voltage electrical systems, including the charging inlet, cables, and traction batteries for any signs of damage. The largest possible maintenance spending on EV is probably the battery pack. When it begins to wear out, it will gradually lose its capability to hold a charge. Hence battery packs may require testing and inspection in the near future. 

VICOM will constantly review on the prevailing technological developments and international best practices and ​propose recommendation to the relevant Authority. Hence periodic inspection for EVs is still necessary to ensure a safer and greener motoring.

Stage 1

Above Carriage Check: An inspector carries out visual checks on

- Vehicle identity (number plate and chassis number)
- Lighting equipment (headlamps, stop lamps, front and rear lamps, direction indicators, etc)
- Bodywork
- Vehicle modification/accessories
- Road wheel and tyres
- General items (high voltage cables, cable harnesses, horn, windscreen, safety devices, etc)

Stage 2

Alignment Test: Checks front wheel alignment.
The lateral movement of the front wheels is measured as the vehicle is driven over the side-slip tester.

Brake Test: Determines the efficiency of brakes.
The brake tester is used to measure brake performance, efficiency and drag force.

Test results are automatically registered. Test instructions and results are displayed on the overhead indicator board.

Stage 3

Headlight Test: Determines proper alignment and focus of headlamps.
The headlight aimer is used to measure the luminous intensity and the horizontal and vertical aim of each headlamp at high beam.

Sound Level Test The engine is revved and noise emission is measured.

Test results are automatically registered. Test instructions and results are displayed on the overhead indicator board.

Stage 4

Under Carriage Check: Checks the condition of car parts and components.
Vehicle is driven over an inspection pit for visual checks on:

- Chassis
- High Voltage cables
- Suspension system
- Steering system
- Brake system
- Leakage

Test instructions and results are displayed on the overhead indicator board.


Your vehicle has undergone all inspection stages. In line with Singapore Green Plan 2030, test certificate will only be issued upon request. You may check your inspection results online at ( Should your vehicle fail an inspection, you will be required to rectify the issues before bringing your vehicle back for re-inspection.