New 4WD lift laws provide greater consistency

Vehicle lift modification laws will be changed in Queensland to create greater consistency for 4WD motorists.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the changes would be in place from 26 October 2018, following the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement last month that it would change the laws to align them with other states.

“The changes to the Queensland Code of Practice follow extensive consultation with industry and 4WD groups over several months,” Mr Bailey said.

“This decision will increase the maximum certifiable lift from 125mm to 150mm, which is consistent with the National Code of Practice and other states. “The approved lift limit for vehicles with electronic stability control (ESC) will also increase from 50mm to 75mm without certification.

“The changes will provide greater consistency with other jurisdictions for 4WD owners across the country and make it easier for everyone to understand the requirements. 

“More than 500 accredited Approved Persons, industry groups, including RACQ and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, major tyre retailers and suspension equipment suppliers have all had the opportunity to provide input.

“The new rules show the Palaszczuk Government’s continued support for the 4WD community, but importantly maintain safety for all road users.”

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Chief Executive Officer Stuart Charity welcomed the regulatory changes.

“These changes will give peace of mind to tens of thousands of Queensland vehicle owners who have made safe and responsible modifications to their vehicle,” he said.

“We look forward to engaging in ongoing dialogue with the Minister and his Department to ensure Queensland vehicle standards and regulations strike a balance between the needs of motorists while ensuring safety and ongoing compliance of vehicles on Queensland roads.”

For more information, contact Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.

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