Conditional registration explained
Conditional registration is a registration scheme for non-standard vehicles that do not comply with the standard regulations for registration and have a genuine need to access the road network. Conditional registration gives you the benefit of compulsory third party insurance in the event of a crash occurring on a road causing personal injury.
Vehicles requiring conditional registration must comply with the conditions for use outlined in the Guideline for Conditionally Registered Vehicles, form 17 in Queensland.
What vehicles should have conditional registration?
Vehicles that can be conditionally registered include some agricultural, construction and recreational vehicles.
Examples of vehicles that require conditional registration include:
- two-, three- or four-wheeled recreational vehicles.
What is a 'road'?
The definition of a 'road' under Queensland law includes areas such as: shopping centre car parks, railway crossings, areas open to the public for use as a road and road-related areas. A road-related area is part of a road and includes areas such as footpaths and nature strips.
Why should I have conditional registration?
Since 1 May 2003, it is illegal to drive a non-standard vehicle on the road without conditional registration.
- gives you access to Queensland roads
- determines the conditions for use to ensure safe operation of the vehicle while on a road
- gives you the protection of compulsory third party insurance in the event of a crash occurring on a road causing personal injury.
Compulsory third party insurance
Your compulsory third party insurance will cover you for personal insurance claims made against you by other road users including drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists if a crash occurs on a road (subject to the scope of the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994).
Compulsory third party insurance will not cover you for property damage. Make sure you have appropriate insurance to cover you for the range of risks associated with your vehicle both on and off road.
What are the different levels of access available with conditional registration?
There are three categories of road access allowable under conditional registration:
- limited access registration – vehicles are predominantly restricted to worksites and designated areas
- zone access registration – vehicles are allowed to travel on road for distances of 20 kilometres (km), 40 km, or 80 km depending on their areas of operation in Queensland
- unrestricted access registration – appropriate vehicles will be allowed unlimited access, but may still have conditions that apply to the time of operation.
What do I need to do?
If your vehicle is currently unregistered, and you believe it should have conditional registration, visit a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre or other Queensland registration agency to organise the registration.
You will need to:
Will the vehicle need an inspection or safety certificate?
No. On the application form there is a section that must be signed by the registered operator verifying that the vehicle complies with the vehicle standards of construction detailed in the Queensland guideline for conditionally registered vehicles. There is no requirement to get a vehicle inspection or safety certificate in addition to the declaration made on the application form.
What vehicles do not need conditional registration?
Vehicles that comply with normal registration requirements are not eligible for conditional registration. This includes truck-based mobile machinery and cranes.
If the vehicle is not being driven on a road, and is only used on private property, then it does not need conditional registration.
Where can I get more information?
Visit a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre
during business hours, or call 13 23 80b
during business hours.
Compulsory third party insurance
Visit the Motor Accident Insurance Commission website.
Your public liability policy does not cover you if a crash occurs while you are driving a vehicle on a road that requires registration by law. Make sure you have compulsory third party insurance and appropriate public liability insurance to cover you in all circumstances. For more information on public liability and general insurance consult your insurance broker/adviser.
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