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Tow truck driver and assistant certificates

Tow truck driver certificate holder

The holder of a tow truck driver certificate is authorised to drive and operate a tow truck attending a scene of an incident and to tow a police seized vehicle under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000.

The role includes preparation of a motor vehicle for towing, and to clean up the scene of the incident efficiently and safely.

A certified tow truck driver must comply with strict requirements as set out in the Tow Truck Act 1973 and the Tow Truck Regulation 2009.

How do I become a certified tow truck driver?

To become a certified tow truck driver you must:

Competency requirements

The following competency requirements must be met to show you have the ability to drive a tow truck:

  • Have held an Australian driver licence authorising you to drive a motor vehicle of the class for which the certificate is sought for a continuous period of 3 years immediately before an application for the certificate is made.
    or 
  • Demonstrate by a practical driving test that you have the ability to drive and properly control a tow truck of the class for which the certificate is sought. This includes:
    • demonstrating competence in driving the tow truck whilst towing a motor vehicle
    • having the ability to position a tow truck and correctly prepare a motor vehicle for towing
    • having a thorough knowledge of the correct procedures for towing.

Mutual recognition

A current New Zealand driver licence with a vehicle recovery endorsement may be recognised and transferred to the equivalent Queensland Tow Truck Driver Certificate for the same vehicle classes. Applicants must make application to the Department of Transport and Main Roads for recognition of their existing New Zealand licence and pay the applicable fee.

What is the cost involved to become a certified tow truck driver?

Application fees for a tow truck driver certificate must be paid when the application is lodged.

How long does a certificate for a tow truck driver last?

A tow truck driver certificate is issued for a period of 12 months.

Classes of certificate

New or renewal applications for tow truck driver certificates are considered against the driver licence class that the authorisation is to be granted.

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Tow truck assistant certificate holder

The holder of a tow truck assistant certificate is authorised to travel in a tow truck while the tow truck is attending a scene of an incident or a police seized vehicle. They provide assistance to the tow truck driver when preparing a motor vehicle for towing, loading the vehicle and assist in cleaning up the scene of an incident efficiently and safely.

A certified tow truck assistant must comply with strict requirements as set out in the Tow Truck Act 1973 and the Tow Truck Regulation 2009.

How do I become a certified tow truck assistant?

To become a certified tow truck assistant you must:

What is the cost involved to become a certified tow truck assistant?

Application fees for a tow truck assistant certificate must be paid when the application is lodged.

How long does a certificate for a tow truck assistant last?

A tow truck assistant certificate is issued for a period of 12 months.

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Certificate holder conditions of use

  • The certificate issued may take the form of an industry authority card or interim industry authority document.
  • Tow truck drivers must carry their industry authority card or interim industry authority document at all times while operating a licensed tow truck at or near the scene of an incident or police seizure of a vehicle, or going to the scene of an incident or police seizure of a vehicle.
  • Tow truck assistants must carry their industry authority card or interim industry authority document at all times while operating in connection with the use of a tow truck at or near the scene of an incident or police seizure of a vehicle, or travelling in a tow truck going to the scene of an incident or police seizure of a vehicle.
  • Tow truck drivers and tow truck assistants must produce their industry authority card or interim industry authority document at the request of an authorised officer (including police officers).
  • The industry authority card or interim industry authority document must be produced upon request to the authorising person of the damaged vehicle at the scene of an incident (that is, the vehicle operator/agent or authorised person such as a police officer).
  • Tow truck drivers and tow truck assistants must notify the Department of Transport and Main Roads within 14 days of a change of name or address.
  • Tow truck drivers and tow truck assistants must give the Department of Transport and Main Roads written notice if they are charged or convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code. The notice must be provided within 14 days, after the charge or conviction occurs.

Note: The certificate takes the form of an industry authority card or interim industry authority document. If you are signed up for e-reminders we will email you:

  • an interim industry authority as evidence that you are authorised to perform the role until your industry card arrives in the mail
  • when your industry card is posted
  • 3 days before your industry authority is due to be renewed.

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The Tow Truck Act 1973 defines incident as a collision or impact, however caused:

  1. that happens on a road and results in damage to a motor vehicle
  2. that happens off a road and results in damage to a motor vehicle, if immediately before the collision or impact the motor vehicle was travelling on the road.

The responsibilities of a certified tow truck driver and tow truck assistant are set out in the Tow Truck Act 1973 and the Tow Truck Regulation 2009. This legislation can be found on the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.

Last updated
13 November 2017