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Vehicle standards notifications

To ensure the vehicle standards are kept up to date, Transport and Main Roads regularly reviews the policies, procedures and legislation that govern the vehicle standards, including the technical requirements for vehicle inspections and modifications, and makes changes when needed.

When changes are made to the vehicle standards it is important that industry, Approved Persons, Approved Inspection Stations (AIS) and the general public are aware of the changes and the impact they may have.

To make this process as transparent as possible, Transport and Main Roads will post information about any upcoming changes to the vehicle standards on this page on the 1st of each month.

Note: Approved Persons and AIS will no longer be notified about changes to the vehicle standards by post. It is the responsibility of each Approved Person and AIS to check this webpage regularly and ensure they are familiar with any changes that may affect them and the function they perform.

Current notifications

AIS inspections - Takata airbag recall

- Commenced November 2018

In February 2018, the Federal Government issued a compulsory recall for vehicles fitted with defective Takata airbags. TMR is seeking the support of Approved Inspection Stations (AIS) to assist with the recall process.

Important note: A vehicle subject to recall is not a fail reason. 

Approved Inspection Stations are asked to make a note in the comments section of the inspection certificate to indicate if a vehicle subject to recall has not had airbags replaced. 

View the attached Advice to Approved Inspection Stations for details on how to check if a vehicle is subject to recall. 

Implementation of amended modification codes LS9 and LS10 – High lifts up to 150mm

- Commenced 26 October 2018

On 26 October 2018, changes to rules for high lift modifications to light vehicles were implemented.

View the Vehicle Standards lift requirements fact sheet for more information.

Implementation of new modification code LS14 — Re-rating of ATM/GTM of a light trailer to Manufacturer's Specifications.

- Commenced 1 March 2018

TMR is transitioning away from Approved Persons (APs) using the heavy vehicle modification code S7 (ATM re-rating of a trailer) to certify the re-rating of trailers with an ATM of 4500 kg or less (light trailers), to the new Queensland specific LS14 light vehicle modification code.

LS14 allows APs to re-rate the ATM of a commercially built light trailer to the trailer manufacturer’s specification. However, re-rating of a homemade light trailer’s ATM must be done under the LS12 modification code.

The new code will be implemented on 1 March 2018. Suitably qualified persons may now apply for the LS14 code but will not be able to certify any modifications under the new code until 1 March 2018.

The use of S7 modification code to re-rate light trailers must cease from 1 March 2018.

The details of modification code LS14 modification code information and checklist can be found in the Queensland Code of Practice – Vehicle Modifications.

Minor amendment to the Code of Practice – Vehicle Inspection Guidelines (Light Vehicles)

- Commenced 1 September 2017

The Vehicle Inspection Guidelines have been updated to include:

  • Section 11 Passenger Transport:
    • A distress light (if fitted) is not operational, is damaged, obscured or not green in colour.
    • A hail light (if fitted) is operational or is damaged.
    • A security camera (if fitted) does not function correctly.
    • A fire extinguisher (if fitted) is expired, is not charged or is damaged.
  • Section 3.1 Windscreens and glazing:
    • Window tinting, other than the front windscreen, have a light transmittance factor less than 35% (T35), or less than 20% (T20) behind the driver's seating position, unless specifically approved.

New modification codes: LS11 and LS12

- Commenced 1 March 2017

The Department of Transport and Main Roads implemented two new codes on 1 March 2017: LS11 and LS12

LS11 – Gross Vehicle Mass Rating of Light Vehicles

The LS11 is designed to allow a light vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) to be increased and certified under the Approved Person scheme.

LS12 - Light Trailer Modification

The LS12 modification code will allow a wide range of modifications on light trailers to be certified under the Approved Person scheme.

These 2 modification codes are included in the Queensland Code of Practice - Vehicle Modifications and are available to download on the Light vehicle modifications webpage.

Minor amendment to the National Code of Practice for Light Vehicle Construction and Modification (NCOP)

- Commenced 1 February 2016

The National Code of Practice for Light Vehicle Construction and Modification (VSB 14) Section LS Suspension and Steering include clause 2.6 has been updated advising that modifications to vehicles equipped with ESC have certain requirements has been amended for basic modifications on suspension alterations.

"To remain within the scope of VSB14, a vehicle fitted with ESC and modified with a suspension lift up to 50mm beyond the original manufacturer’s standard height can be carried out under the basic modification without certification guidelines as listed in Section 4."

Use of flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants such as LPG in automotive air conditioning

The refrigerant used in a vehicle air conditioning system must be suitable for the system and must be compatible with the refrigerant specified by the original vehicle manufacturer. It is illegal in Queensland to use hydrocarbon refrigerant, such as LPG, unless it is specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

If your motor vehicle air conditioning system needs repair or re-gassing then you should insist that:

  • the refrigerant be checked to ensure that it is not contaminated with hydrocarbon refrigerant


  • any top-up or replacement refrigerant gas used is compatible with the vehicle's air conditioning system as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

The Chief Inspector of Petroleum and Gas in Queensland has issued a safety alert about the risks of using hydrocarbon refrigerant in vehicle air conditioners. View the flammable refrigerant alert.

Minor amendment to the Code of Practice – Vehicle Inspection Guidelines (Light Vehicles)

- Commenced 1 May 2015

The Vehicle Inspection Guidelines have been updated to include:

Section 6.10 Handlebar dimensions has been changed to:

  • For motorcycles manufactured prior to July 1988 the lowest part of the hand grip on the handlebars is higher than 380mm above the steering yoke.
  • For motorcycles manufactured from 1 July 1988 the height of the lowest part of the handgrip is more than 380mm above the lowest part of the upper surface of the rider's seat.

Minor amendment to the Queensland Code of Practice – Vehicle Modifications (QCOP)

- Commenced 1 April 2015

To reduce repetition for Approved Persons when certifying a modification, the ‘certifications details’ table has now been removed from the QCOP checklists. As this information is already captured on the Modification Certificate, it is not required to be recorded on the checklist. However, to ensure the checklist can be linked to the Modification Certificate, an additional row has been added to capture the Modification Certificate number.

The revised Queensland Code of Practice is available for download.

Revision of guidelines for flashing lamps on light vehicles – Form 22, 27 and 33

- Published 31 October 2014

Transport and Main Roads has recently completed a review of all the guidelines that allow flashing lamps to be fitted to light vehicles. As a result of this review, we have now:

  • Combined the requirements that were previously in forms 22, 27 and 33 into a single guideline that covers all flashing lamps fitted to light vehicles.
  • Reduced red tape for some light vehicles that are used in the mining, construction or manufacturing industry that require flashing lamps to meet workplace health and safety requirements.

View the Guideline for the revolving or flashing warning lamps in Queensland (Form 22) on the guidelines and type permit page.

Updates to the Vehicle Standards Instruction page

- Published 1 October 2014

Transport and Main Roads has recently completed a routine review of the Vehicle Standards Instructions (VSIs) that are published on our website.

As a result of this review, we have updated the format of the VSI page, removed a number of VSIs that were outdated or no longer required as well as making updates to the current VSIs.

If you have previously used or relied on a VSI that is no longer on the page, you should contact us by email at as the VSI has likely been revoked.

Adoption of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual

- Commenced 1 October 2014

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, as part of their aim to provide a single national rule book for heavy vehicles, has been working to develop a national heavy vehicle inspection manual (NHVIM) that will be used in all jurisdictions.

In Queensland, the new NHVIM will replace the heavy motor vehicle and heavy trailer sections of the Code of Practice – Vehicle Inspection Guidelines that are used by Approved Examiners and Approved Inspection Stations when carrying out regulated inspections on heavy vehicles. Use of the NHVIM in Queensland will commence from 1 October 2014.

The NHVIM is based off a model inspection manual produced by the National Transport Commission, the same document that the Queensland Code of Practice – Vehicle Inspection Guidelines was based off. As such, there is no significant technical change in the document and Transport and Main Roads expects Approved Examiners and Approved Inspection Stations to easily transition to the NHVIM.

The NHVIM is available from the Code of Practice – Vehicle Inspection Guidelines page.

The NHVIM is a live document and will be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure it is kept up to date. Should you have any comments or feedback about the NHVIM, you can submit these to the NHVR by email to or by phone at 1300 MYNHVR (69 64 87).

Simplified compliance process for pre-1989 imported vehicles

- Commenced 1 October 2014

As part of the Queensland Government's commitment to reducing red tape and reduction, Transport and Main Roads has conducted a review into the certification requirements for pre-1989 imported light vehicles.

As a result of this review, from 1 October Transport and Main Roads has aligned the certification requirements with the vehicle standards that a vehicle has to meet:

Year of manufacture Current requirement New requirement
Before 1969 Certification to LO8 No certification
Between 1969 and 1972 Certification to LO8 Certification to LO1
Between 1973 and 1988 Certification to LO1 Certification to LO1

More information about this change can be found in Vehicle Standards Instruction L26. Revised versions of the Queensland Code of Practice—Vehicle Modifications and the LO section of the National Code of Practice for Light Vehicle Construction and Modification are available on the light vehicle modification page.

Note: Previously, this notification stated the revised LO8 requirements would commence from 1 November 2014 in error.

Previous notifications

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Safety and Compliance Alert

Inspection of couplings for dog trailers, pig trailers and road train dollies

On 19 August 2014 the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) released a safety and compliance alert relating to the tow couplings used on certain heavy vehicles. This alert sets out practical advice to industry following early observations of investigators examining the recent fatal fuel tanker crash in country Victoria.

Transport and Main Roads recommends that Approved Persons, Approved Examiners and Vehicle and Fleet Operators review this alert so they are aware of the potential safety issue.

The NHVR alert (PDF, 172KB) is available online from the NHVR’s website.

Last updated
02 November 2020

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