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Low Volume VIN for light trailers

New laws effective 1 July 2021

On 1 July 2021, the new Road Vehicle Standards legislation was implemented by the Australian Government for light trailers. This replaced the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. 

Under the new legislation, manufacturers, and importers of light trailers (Aggregate Trailer Mass 4.5 tonnes or less) will need approval before they can provide a trailer to the Australian market.

This replaces the old process of: 

  • self-certification to Vehicle Standards Bulletin 1 (VSB1), and
  • obtaining a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) from state or territory jurisdictions, known as a Low Volume VIN (LVV). 

The new legislation allows  transitional arrangements to be in place until 30 June 2023. Low volume suppliers can continue to provide light trailers in accordance with the existing process however must transition to the new process by 30 June 2023

From 1 July 2023, all light trailers, never previously registered in Australia will need to meet the new Road Vehicle Standards legislation requirements. All light trailers must have a Register of Approved Vehicles entry otherwise it will not be registered in Queensland. 

TMR issued Low Volume VIN

We will continue to issue Low Volume VINs (maximum 3 per year) for light trailers until 30 June 2023. 

From 1 July 2023, all light trailers will need to meet the certification requirements under the new Road Vehicle Standards legislation. Find out about the new certification requirements and how to apply

Low Volume VIN trailer plates

We currently sell Low Volume VIN trailer plates to manufacturers and importers of light trailers. 

Under the new legislation, these plates will no longer be compliant and not available for use or sale from 1 July 2023.

New trailer plates can either be made by the certifier or purchased from a commercial supplier.

For more information about these changes and how to apply, visit the Australian Government Low ATM trailers website.




Last updated
10 October 2022