“'Shaken' is an abbreviation of the Japanese term ‘ji-dou-sha-kei-zoku-ken-sa’, which refers to the legal inspection required by law for all vehicles and their respective owners."
Typically, Japanese and many expat owners opt to have their local dealer take care of the inspection on their behalf, who, as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, may add many unnecessary items to the final billing cost, which can and does more-often-than-not exceed the 100,000 yen mark.
The high cost associated with shaken has seen the rise of ‘user-shaken’ over the years, among both the Japanese and foreign communities. The reasons behind this are simple. By eliminating the dealership from the equation, you can ultimately save tens-of-thousands by paying only the fixed costs associated with shaken:
|Weight Tax||Varies depending on the vehicle|
NB: Inspections can be undertaken anytime within the month prior to the expiry date.
Making a reservation
Implemented a few years ago, the current system requires individuals to make a reservation online up to fourteen days in advance. Once reserved, it is then the owners responsibility to collate all the required documentation for submission on the day of the test.
- 1. Current Shaken Certificate
- 2. Compulsory Insurance Certificate (New & Old)
- 3. Automobile Tax Notification Certificate
- 4. Shaken Inspection Form *
- 5. Weight Tax Application Form *
- 6. User Shaken Application Form *
- 7. Maintenance Checklist
NB: Documents listed with an asterisk are to be purchased from the test centre. Samples can be viewed and/or downloaded directly from Motovique's user shaken resources page.
Simply proceed to the window for user shaken, and pass all the required documentation and reservation number to a member of staff. At the same time, said staff member will go through the paperwork and notify you of any discrepiances in the documentation.
You may receive an indoctrination card, where, if placed on the dashboard of the vehicle, notifies examiners that you may need extra-assistance. In addition, before commencing with the test, individuals can, depending on the test centre, watch how to perform the tests either by video or on-site.
The Pit Lane
Exterior Inspection - Upon entering the pit-lane queue, an examiner will commence the inspection by checking the electrical components of the vehicle are in working order, by asking you to perform certain tasks at their request. e.g. front/rear lights, indicators and hazards, reverse light, windscreen wipers and washers etc.
Identity Check - The examiner will then ask you to raise the bonnet (hood) of the vehicle where they will clarify the identification of the vehicles chassis no. and engine grade.
Emissions Test - Testing the levels of carbon emitted from your exhaust, simply insert the probe up the exhaust and wait for the machine to calculate your score.
NB: Not applicable to classic vehicles manufactured prior to 1970.
Alignment Test - The first test in this sequence requires the driver to hold the steering wheel firmly while driving between two white lines. Any deviation from the white lines will result in a fail.
Odometer Inspection - Driving onto the rolling road, simply accelerate up to 40km/h and flash the headlights once the odometer reads 40. Discrepencies of +/- 2km/h are allowed.
Headlight Inspection - This part of the test is to test the trajectory of the high-beam headlights. With both left and right lights measured, any raise or dip in trajectory will result in a fail. Simply place the vehicle in neutral, apply the handbrake (side brake) and place the lights on full beam.
NB: Covering up part of the headlights may be required on some models that have more than two full beam light sources.
Brake Test - Testing both the foot brake and the handbrake (side brake), place the car into neutral (N) and wait for the signal to press the brakes. Repeat the process again for the handbrake.
The final part of the test involves placing your vehicle directly over the pit, place into neutral and turn off the ignition. A technician will then inspect the major components on the underside of the car. Upon request, the driver will also need to manoeuvre the steering wheel from left-to-right, dab the brakes, and undergo a brief oscillation test.
Results of the test will be printed onto the inspection form. An examiner will then check all the required documentation before informing you of which building to go to next. In the event that a vehicle fails the test, owners have the ability to fix their vehicles at one of the many surrounding garages. In addition, owners can enter the lane and take the test as many times as they wish in a single day at no extra cost.
The Final Step
The final step is to simply submit the required documentation at the appropriate window, and wait a few minutes for the new shaken certificate to be processed.