Approved Person Scheme
The Approved Person Scheme accredits suitably qualified and experienced individuals to inspect and certify vehicle modifications for light vehicles and/or heavy vehicles to ensure that vehicles comply with vehicle standards, guidelines and relevant approved codes of practice.
Learn more about the Approved Person Scheme.
Release of LS11 and LS15 Modification Codes
In 2019, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) drafted revised Light Vehicle Modification Codes LS11 and LS15 for incorporating into the Queensland Code of Practice: Vehicle Modifications (QCoP).
TMR shared the draft codes with industry stakeholders and sought feedback to ensure the best possible outcome for consumers, industry and the department as the regulator. TMR also held face-to-face meetings with several stakeholders as part of the consultation process. The Approved Person information sessions held in numerous locations throughout Queensland in July and August 2019 also provided a further opportunity to discuss proposed changes.
Following the final round of consultation and feedback from industry, TMR wrote to all stakeholders in January 2020 to confirm the release of the new codes which will come into effect from 1 March 2020. QCoP will be updated on 1 March 2020 to reflect the new codes. Industry can continue to use the existing LS11 code until that date. For more information about the qualifications for LS11 and LS15 refer to industry experience and qualifications.
The LS11 and LS15 codes deal with Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) re-rating only. The re-rating of gross combination mass (GCM) or braked towing mass (BTM) is outside the scope of these codes. The engineering considerations and test requirements are different. With that in mind, TMR is exploring options for the issue of a new code that deals with GCM and BTM increases. TMR is working closely with industry on this task, and in particular the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA). Whilst TMR's priority remains on road safety and national consistency, it is optimistic that a technically sound and separate code-based solution for GCM and BTM re-rating can be developed. TMR will undertake consultation with industry before releasing any new codes.
Any enquiries in relation to the new codes can be directed via email to Vehicle Standards: email@example.com.
Implementation of S10 livestock loading (maroon) modification plates
An Advice to Approved Persons notifying of the implementation of S10 livestock loading (maroon) modification plates was sent to all approved persons on 14 October 2019. The notice can be found in the Advice to approved persons section on this page.
Industry information sessions
Approved Person information sessions
The Department of Transport and Main Roads conducted 9 industry information sessions for approved persons around the state in July and August 2019.
The purpose of these sessions was to increase knowledge and understanding of the administrative and legislative requirements in relation to the Approved Person Scheme, including the vehicle standards and technical requirements for certifying vehicle modifications.
The session topics included:
- Approved Person Scheme overview, information and updates
- Approved person audit framework
- Approved person scheme review and reforms – moving forward
- Individually constructed vehicles (ICV)
- Motorcycle modifications
- Modification codes LX1, LS9, LS10 and LS11
- Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018
- Wheelchair accessible taxi modifications
For more information about the session topics and useful contact details for approved persons to use when contacting the Department of Transport and Main Roads or the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, refer to the information session presentation.
Wheelchair Accessible Light Vehicles Information Session
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) conducted an information session for Approved Person (AP) Engineers along with other key stakeholders on 28 November 2019 about modifications to wheelchair accessible light vehicles and wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs).
All AP Engineers with the appropriate modification codes for wheelchair accessible light vehicles and WATs modifications, were invited as well as some of the major businesses in South East Queensland who provide such modification services.
The session topics included:
- background to and the current status of wheelchair accessible light vehicle and WAT modifications, inspections and certifications
- typical issues encountered in previous inspections of modified wheelchair accessible light vehicles and WATs
- TMR’s expectations in relation to modifications, inspections and certifications of wheelchair accessible light vehicles and WATs
- inspection plan to ensure that all wheelchair accessible light vehicles and WATs modified, inspected and certified meet TMR’s expectations.
Since the information session, TMR has written to all owners of WATs confirming that over the next 12 months from 1 February 2020, all vehicles will need to be inspected at a TMR Motor Vehicle Inspection Centre. Under this inspection plan, if a WAT is defected, it will have to be repaired, inspected and recertified before the defect can be cleared. Only an AP Engineer who holds the relevant modification codes can inspect the repairs and recertify them by attaching an additional modification plate detailing the relevant modification codes.
For more information about the session topics, refer to the Approved Person Information Session - Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) Modifications.
Implementation of new heavy vehicle modification code D3 – fitting of non-standard rear wheel components
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is introducing a new heavy vehicle modification code, D3 – fitting of non-standard rear wheel components which will be implemented on 1 February 2019.
An advice notice with details of qualifications and the application process has been sent to all approved persons. A copy of the advice notice can also be found in the Advice to approved persons section of the Approved Person Scheme webpage.
Implementation of amended modification codes LS9 and LS10 – High lifts up to 150mm
On 26 October 2018, changes to rules for high lift modifications to light vehicles were implemented.
Read the Vehicle Standards lift requirements fact sheet for more information.
Making an application
If you decide to make an application to become an approved person, you will be assessed on your industry experience and qualifications and your suitability to perform the functions of an approved person. If you would like to become an approved person, read more about making an approved person application.
Adding modification codes to your accreditation
If you want to add an additional modification code to your approved person accreditation, you need to demonstrate that you have industry experience and qualifications for the additional modification codes that you are applying for. If you would like to add modification codes to your approved person accreditation, read more about making an application for additional modification codes.
Purchasing modification certificates and modification plates
As an approved person, you will need modification certificate books and modification plates to finalise the certification of a modified vehicle. Read more about purchasing modification certificate books and modification plates.
Approved person responsibilities
Every approved person has legal responsibilities they must exercise with due care and diligence. These responsibilities may be found in legislation, your conditions of accreditation and the approved codes of practice. Read more about the responsibilities of an approved person.
Approved person spot checks
Transport and Main Roads regularly conduct spot checks on approved persons to monitor their performance and to ensure compliance with the conditions of their accreditation. Read more about approved person spot checks.
Scheme advice, changes and updates
We regularly review the performance of approved persons and consider your feedback to improve the scheme. This may lead to changes to the approved person scheme and advice provided to approved persons. We recommend that you regularly check the advice to approved persons and changes to the approved person scheme.
Renewing your accreditation
Your approved person accreditation is granted for a period of up to three years. To continue your accreditation, you are required to renew your approved person accreditation. Read more about renewing your approved person accreditation.
Changing your personal details
If your details have changed you must notify the Approved Person Scheme Administrator within 14 days. Read more about changing your personal details.
Replacing your approved person accreditation document
If your approved person accreditation document is damaged, lost or stolen, you must organise a replacement within 14 days. Read more about replacing your approved person accreditation document.
Surrendering your approved person accreditation
If you no longer want to be an approved person you can surrender your accreditation. Read more about surrendering your approved person accreditation.
For technical advice and information for light vehicles (up to 4.5t GVM) including vehicle standards and modification advice, please contact:
For technical advice and information for heavy vehicles (more than 4.5t GVM) including vehicle standards and modification advice, please contact the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR):
Approved Person Scheme Administrator contact details
You can contact the Approved Person Scheme Administrator by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method)
- Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
- Post: Approved Person Administrator
Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 673
FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006
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