Victorian Red Plate Club Inc

Photographs

SCRUTINEERING PHOTOGRAPHS

VicRoads require clubs to maintain specific photos of vehicles.  If requested we are required to produce all photos and documents as part of an audit.  One of the requirements is that each picture is dated.  This is usually done with the camera settings but we can obtain the date etc from a digital signature within the file.  

In most casses we can scrutineer vehicles from digital photgraphs.  The file type .jpg is preferred.  Keep in mind these pictures will be printed off as 150 x100 mm colour pictures and are for a VicRoads officer who has no sense of humor, not for the cover of a car magazine, so please keep it simple, straight on and not blurry.  Do not crop the pictures or reduce the file size at all when transmitting.  Send via email or SMS.  The photos must be recent.  It is prefered to have the photos full size, taken with a "Smart phone" as they have the date, time and location in the metadata.

Important - We must have all photos as full size files.  It may take several emails to send all the pictures through as full size files but that is fine.  No electrons will be harmed. 

You do not have to bring your vehicle to Shepparton for scrutineering, you can send photos.  

 

The required photos are;

  1. Front.
  2. Back.
  3. Left.
  4. Right.
  5. Engine bay.
  6. Engine number.  (This is the most difficult picture of all.  One must put in some effort to find the elusive engine number.)
  7. VIN or Vehicle Identification Number tag should be 17 or 14 digits long.
  8. Chassis number.  This can be any sequence of numbers & letters stamped into the chassis.
  9. Inside the cabin preferably on the driver's side.
  10. Drivers licence.
  11. Roadworthy Certificate.
  12. Proof of ownership or purchase such as a receipt or previous registration papers.

Important - When taking photos

When taking photos of your vehicle put some effort into it.  In years to come those pictures may be cherished by someone that thinks they are important even if you don't.  Take the car out of the garage.  Find a nice location with plenty of room and good light.  Take good pictures, directly in front, directly from the sides and from the rear.  If your car is stolen these pictures could be of assistance.   

 

Last but not least, we require 2 more pictures to complete our records;

  1. The front or rear of the vehicle with the red plates fitted.
  2. A good clear picture of the registration label on the windscreen.

All these pictures are important as it confirms the registration of the vehicle and the correct expiry date on the label.  This is actually incorrect about 5% of the time.  We have seen incorrect expiry dates on labels, incorrect numbers on labels, "Modified" plates issued to "Historic" vehicles.  VicRoads is a huge organisation with 2,700 employees that deal with 4.5 million registrations a year.  When dealing with VicRoads one must possess the patience of a Buddhist monk, as if travelling on a long journey.