Qld Legal Car Lift
Requirements for modifying vehicle lifts are covered by the Queensland Code of Practice (QCOP). Currently, only vehicles without ESC can have a maximum combined stroke of 75 mm. It has been announced that they will amend the sections of the Queensland Code of Practice relating to lift laws, which will come into force in October 2018. According to the Queensland Police Service “Operation Lift”, a three-day police operation on the Gold Coast in early September aimed to identify illegally modified four-wheel drive that included vehicle stability and subsequent safety for all road users. While noting that Queensland already allows a total stroke of 75mm for non-ESC 4WD, the Queensland Minister said the rule changes allow ESC vehicles to share the same lift rules that apply in other states. I would like to correct some confusion in recent media reports and online messages about the alleged changes to Queensland`s laws amending elevator laws and how they relate to a recent police operation. The Queensland Government`s new 4WD lift laws came into force on Friday 26 October 2018. It`s great to see that QLD has now joined other states in accordance with the National Code of Practice for Modifications to Suspended Elevators. The first statement from Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads, said: “Next month we will amend the sections of the Queensland Code of Practice that govern vehicle buoyancy rules.” These changes, made following consultations between my department and industry, will increase the maximum certifiable travel in Queensland from 125mm to 150mm.
Thursday, 20. In September 2018, the Queensland Government announced that it would introduce greater consistency in lift laws for Queensland 4×4 owners. In addition, Queensland`s maximum allowable race will be comparable to the practice of the national code and other states by allowing certified lifts up to 150mm. There have been no recent changes to Queensland`s suspension and repeal laws. While 4×4 lift bills are now consistent with those of other major states, Bailey has debunked a myth circulating on social media about vehicles that have been legally altered in other states that break Queensland law. Non-ESC 4WD lifts have also been increased, with the maximum combined travel that can be certified (with technical approval) increased from 125 mm to 150 mm. Offences were committed for broken vehicles or illegal alterations, while other offences such as driving drugs and speeding were committed. While some of the vehicles that broke down would now be legal, Bailey said at the time that the operation had not enforced anything new in terms of Queensland`s suspension and lift laws.
*Queensland already allows such a lift for vehicles that are not equipped with ESC. This is a 25mm increase over Queensland`s previous rule, which allowed a total of only 50mm (suspension) on 4×4 vehicles equipped with ESC equipment. The rules are changing following a high-profile operation on the Gold Coast last month in which dozens of 4x4s were reported for illegal suspension changes. Currently, modified vehicles registered in another state can legally operate on Queensland roads, provided the vehicle complies with that state`s modification permits. A vehicle stroke of up to 150 mm is allowed with certification by an approved person. The maximum limit of 150 mm may include a maximum suspension of 75 mm, 25 mm tires and 50 mm body blocks. The tire stroke heights are 50% of the tire diameter, a tire stroke of 25 mm, for example, results from an increase in the tire diameter of 50 mm. The new rule allows a vehicle equipped with ESC to increase suspension travel by 50 mm and tire diameter by 50 mm (increasing ride height by 25 mm). The government says this is the first major change to Queensland`s 4WD lift laws since the state`s lift laws were introduced in 2012. With the approval of non-certified lifts up to 75mm for ESC vehicles, Queensland laws are now in line with those of Victoria and NSW. You may recall the problems with the Queensland Police Service`s Operation Lift late last year and the statement issued shortly thereafter by the Queensland Government confirming that the state will bring Queensland`s lift laws into line with New South Wales`.
What didn`t follow long after were more operations against the four-wheel drive community, with even more fines imposed in connection with the northern state`s more draconian laws. We are pleased to inform you that the laws are now in force, as long as you do not exceed the total indicated travel of 75 mm, even for vehicles equipped with ESC equipment, you are driving a legal and roadworthy vehicle. The impact of this campaign was linked to the Queensland Government`s announcement of changes to vehicle lift laws. In Queensland we have excellent 4WD tracks, not to mention places like Fraser and Moreton Island, but the age-old question is, how far can you legally go? Elevators exceeding the required limits outlined in this table require individual approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Major Roads. For more information on changes to vehicle lift change codes, see the Queensland Code of Practice: Vehicle Modifications. “A modified vehicle registered in another state or jurisdiction can legally drive in Queensland, provided the vehicle continues to comply with the modifications approved in that state or jurisdiction,” he said. The codes that determine elevator requirements are currently under review. Other combined modifications to the elevator, such as changes to steering, suspension or wheels, must comply with the National Code of Practice for the Construction and Modifications of Light-Duty Vehicles. The Queensland Government has introduced new laws on the modification of 4WD lifts that align Queensland with other states and territories. “It is important to note that this will give Queensland the maximum boost with certification in line with national code practice and other states,” he said. *The specified lift heights are 50% of the tire diameter and do not apply to passenger cars other than 4WD vehicles (MC, NA and NB1 vehicles).
For more information, see the Tires and Rims section of the Vehicle Standards Bulletin.