Our Mission

SafeTstop builds precision vehicle test lanes for the transport and automotive industries, so every vehicle on the road is safe.

We partner with clients in innovative ways to offer them exceptional workshop efficiency and increase profits.

About Us

Our Vision

SafeTstop will be the standard for vehicle brake, alignment and suspension test lanes in the transport industry worldwide.  We will continue to be innovative and responsive within the industry; providing accurate, high quality equipment and building partnerships that ensure users maximise the benefits it provides.

Richard Gartner

A lover of classic rock at important volumes, Richard is rarely still.  Nicknamed the Minister for Enthusiasm, his originality occasionally gets him into trouble.  He began motor racing in the 1980’s, when names like Mark Skaife and David Brabham were about. At that time, Richard’s day job was in hospitality in Sydney’s Kings Cross.    

Motor racing is about calculated risk.  A qualified mechanical engineer from Switzerland, Richard realised early in his racing career the need for correct brake adjustment on the racetrack, for a faster car.  This applied also on the road – for safety. In 1995, SafeTstop was born, and over a period of 12 years he developed the plate brake tester that so many workshops now appreciate.

His passion for motor racing (and great music) continues, and the company reflects his vision for safer roads around the world.

The Back Story

Brakes are to driving as the hoof is to the horse…. without them, the journey cannot end well!

Safetstop recognises the need for correctly adjusted brakes on the road, as on the racetrack, for safety and performance. Developing an efficient and accurate plate brake tester has been a lengthy process, and the company has grown along with the product – with a passion for taking care of people.

Richard Gartner recognised the need for safe testing and began importing HEKA brake testers from Germany. However, with changes in regulations, these testers no longer met requirements in NSW. Richard worked with the RTA to develop a suitable tester, and sourced the electronics from HKM, in Germany. This technology is at the forefront of the industry worldwide, and suits the extreme demands of the Australian environment.

In 1997, the first tester, known as the BAT, was introduced at Taxis Combined, in Sydney, with up to 300 vehicles being tested daily. The next model, the Platetronic, was installed in 2000, at Sydney City Toyota; and tests over 80 cars a day. Today, the SafeTstop system is now PC-based, providing an easy-to-read printout explaining the test results to the motorist.

As well as braking and brake balance, the testers also assess wheel alignment and suspension; and a weighbridge function is available. There are heavy vehicle testers, and a range of choices for light vehicles.

The factory and head office have moved to larger premises in Minchinbury, in Sydney, and SafeTstop is the #1 plate brake tester manufacturer in Australia.

SafeTstop testers are now in operation in over 1200 workshops in Australia and in a number of overseas markets. They are used in TAFE Colleges, Government departments and by local Councils. Technical excellence increases profits for workshops, and gives state-of-the-art testing for motorists and professional drivers alike. The real time printout of results is one of many ways the SafeTstop system leads the industry.

SafeTstop is an engineering company all about people.

SAFETSTOP is an engineering company all about people

“When my car came back from a service, there was included a little book with a printout of diagnostics…using imagery and including a picture of my car”…”this was awesome! I’ve never had this kind of information before, let alone in such a readable and understanding way – really, really great 😊”

– City Mazda, Melbourne

“additional $29 fee which most customers gladly accept, especially … extended tyre life and safety benefits”

– Rincap Automotive, Milperra, NSW

“Everyone can CHECK brakes, but only with SafeTstop can we TEST brakes with a measurable result.”

– Rolfe Honda, ACT

“SafeTstop is a confidence builder for us and for our customers”…. “would benefit any workshop seeing 5 vehicles a day or upwards”

– Threeway Motors, Pio Pio, New Zealand

“The team at SafeTstop … manufacture … deliver, install it, train our staff … and support it into the future. It really is an end to end solution and makes the whole experience straightforward and simple to implement”

– Kedron Kia

“…a compelling business case we could not ignore.”

– Audi, Burwood, Victoria

“Our accountant recently looked at our ROI and was very happy … the extra profits generated easily cover the monthly repayments and … healthy profit for me”

– RAS Pacific Garage, Ballina, NSW

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    Wendy Bieder
    Wendy Bieder
    09:23 27 Jul 22
    When you want the best , look... no further. Amazing system and incredibly accurate.Can’t wait to run my caravan over the machine .read more
    Gary Tansley
    Gary Tansley
    07:26 08 Jan 22
    Great service with a quality... productread more
    22:05 30 Nov 21
    The people at Safe-T-Stop... have been over the past few years EXCEPTIONAL and the device itself (plate brake/suspension tester) to all intents and purposes infallible. On the rare occasions the unit has broken down, service has been remarkably fast. Annual servicing of the unit has been done professionally and always on time. Frankly, i wish more businesses and tools were all this good.read more
    Chris Mullins
    Chris Mullins
    06:22 30 Nov 21
    Good job as agreed
    Thomas Reber
    Thomas Reber
    21:55 16 Nov 20
    I've dealt with SafeTStop... support team on 3 occasions and I must say they are incredibly helpful, I have been talked to by their NSW team from VIC over the phone about how to replace components and other required calibrations. Many thanks to Denise for my most recent concern which was resolved quickly with excellent customer service.read more
    Tim Lhuede
    Tim Lhuede
    11:47 10 Sep 20
    Great product and support.... This machine has unreal ROI. It's been 3 weeks and it looks to pay itself off in 6 months (small shop 4 mechanics)One regret, I didn't invest in it sooner. Cannot recommend enough.Customers love it!read more
    Pulse Automotive
    Pulse Automotive
    00:55 19 Nov 19
    Best piece of workshop... equipment I have purchased. Fantastic team to deal with & great support.read more
    Nicholas Valassis
    Nicholas Valassis
    02:56 21 Sep 19
    Installation was easy with no... interruption to the business. A very powerful tool that is crucial to have these days with our complex braking systemsread more
    Ebbett Volkswagen
    Ebbett Volkswagen
    02:33 28 Aug 19
    Fantastic product, and great... after-sales support. The platetronic tester gives our customers security in knowing that their vehicles are being tested at a high level for brake imbalance, forces, and for steering geometry readings. Highly recommended.read more
    Andrew Gadea
    Andrew Gadea
    05:08 22 Aug 19
    Excellent service from Denise... and the team. Installation was great and the SafeTStop equipment is great for our business.read more
    Craig Baills
    Craig Baills
    01:47 18 Aug 19
    I did not realise the value... of Safe T Stop until we invested in one and had it installed. This piece of equipment would be number 1 as the most productive tool in the workshop as well as being accurate in its testing and diagnosis. Safe T Stop makes diagnosing and testing brakes and suspension easy and simplified with pin point accuracy. Highly recomend it for any workshop.read more
    09:35 12 Aug 19
    We at DRC AUTOMOTIVE had a... safetstop installed at our workshop and think it’s a great piece of equipment, every car that is serviced in our shop is driven over the safetstop to check and know it’s leaving with all brakes working as they should. We never realised how important this equipment is and what we have found when using it.Also the team at safetstop have always been great and would highly recommend to any other workshops Dion Clayton/ DRC Automotiveread more
    Peter Forrester
    Peter Forrester
    10:11 05 Jul 19
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    PipeWolf Media
    05:40 03 Jun 19
    We had the pleasure of... filming a video for Safe-T-Stop and were so impressed by how well received their product is among their customers. The staff are so friendly and passionate about what they do. The Safe-T-Stop system really is amazing - we became instant fans.read more
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