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Trailer RoadWorthy

Aspinall Trailers is a Approved Inspection Station

License Number 6259


In November 1999, the safety certificate replaced the roadworthy certificate. A safety certificate covers basic things that could affect the safe operation of the trailer, such as:

  • tyres
  • brakes
  • suspension
  • body rust or damage
  • lights
  • Correct manufacturing of the trailer according to the Australian Design Rules (ADR)
  • Manufactures Plate attached to the trailer

The safety certificate is designed to offer buyers better protection. A trailer with a safety certificate has undergone a safety inspection before being offered for sale, so buyers can be sure the trailer is safe to drive. This means there will be fewer unsafe trailers on Queensland roads, reducing the likelihood of crashes caused by defective trailers.

What trailer must have a safety certificate?

In Queensland you must obtain and display a safety certificate on any registered caravans and trailers 0.75–3.5 tonnes (t) aggregate trailer mass (ATM)

When can trailers be sold without a safety certificate?

The only time trailers do not require a certificate is when they have the carry capacity under 750Kg.

Who issues safety certificates?

Safety certificates can only be issued by approved inspection stations. These are service stations, garages or workshops which have been approved by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to conduct inspections.

Does this apply all over Queensland?

You need a safety certificate to sell used trailers in most parts of Queensland. Some rural and remote areas are exempt. Phone the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80b for more information.

How long are safety certificates current for?

Make sure certificates are current.

Safety certificates may be used for one new registration or transfer of registration provided they are within the two months. A new safety certificate is required each time you sell the trailer even if it is within the two months. A single safety certificate cannot be used for two transfers.

What are the safety certificate conditions of use?

A safety certificate cannot be used for more than one transfer. This means if you are selling a used trailer and have obtained a safety certificate for this trailer, the person who buys this trailer cannot then use this certificate if they sell the trailer. Also, the safety certificate cannot contain any alterations.

Displaying safety certificates

Safety certificates must be displayed in a very obvious place, for example:

  • motorbike — front forks or guard
  • car — windscreen or window
  • trailer — draw-bar.

If you fail to display a safety certificate on the trailer from the moment you offer it for sale you may receive an on-the-spot fine of A$500.

Vehicle registration transfer

Download a Vehicle Registration Transfer Application form (F3520).