Vehicle standards information

All vehicles in Victoria need to conform to construction standards to ensure that drivers and passengers are provided with a minimum level of safety. 

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Construction standards are detailed in the Vehicle Standards Information (VSI) Sheets below.  

These standards are complemented by the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) (External link) and the Commonwealth Vehicle Standards Bulletins (External link)

A review of all VSIs has been undertaken and a number have been updated to ensure they reflect current legislative and policy requirements.   

Victoria has recently amended its safety regulations for light vehicles (Gross Vehicle Mass not exceeding 4.5 tonnes), to ensure alignment with the national standards administered by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

The majority of the amended regulations are identical to the existing rules with only a few key changes.

The following are the summary of the changes: 

1. Windows tinting

Provided that at least a side rear vision mirror is fitted to each side of a vehicle, the minimum visible light transmittance (VLT) for windows located behind the driver changes to:

  • 0% for vehicles primarily designed for the carriage of goods, or
  • 20% for all other light vehicles

2. Additional headlights

Additional headlights will no longer have to be fitted in pairs to permit the fitment of LED light bars. Up to 4 additional headlights will be allowed to be fitted to a vehicle, provided that they are fitted in a way so that they are facing forward and symmetrical in relation to the vehicle’s centre line.

3. Fitting brake lights

To retain the design value of vintage and historical vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1973, a light fitted to a vehicle that has dual functions as a brake light and a direction indicator light will be treated as a brake light.

The change does not apply to vehicles manufactured after 1 January 1973.
 
If you require further information or if you have any questions in relation to the amended regulations, please contact VicRoads at [email protected]

 

Number Title Date published
No. 1 Bull bars [PDF 168 Kb] June 2021 
No. 2 Window tinting and films [PDF 328 Kb] 
June 2021
No. 3

Conditions for Registration of Imported Vehicles in Victoria [PDF 101 Kb]
Note: This VSI applies to all vehicles where the import approval was applied for/provided before 30 June 2021.

Advice on applying to import a vehicle from 1 July 2021 can be found at: www.infrastructure.gov.au

Requirements for registering a vehicle imported from 1 July 2021 can be found on the VicRoads website

October 2020
No. 4 Summary of registration requirements for motorcycles and mopeds [PDF 862 Kb] June 2021
No. 5 Conversion of vehicles to motorhomes and modification of motor vehicles incorporating gas or electrical systems [PDF 177 Kb] June 2021
No. 6 Requirements for A – frame towing of vehicles [PDF 20 Kb] June 2021
No. 8 Guide to modifications for motor vehicles [PDF 785 Kb] 
Note: please refer to the updated VSI 27 for LPG/LNG/CNG conversions
June 2021
No. 12 Flashing lights, Other Lights and reflectors [PDF 172 Kb] June 2021
No. 16 Tyre maintenance and repair [PDF 168 Kb] June 2020
No. 17 Summary of child restraint anchorages [PDF 572 Kb]
Note: The information and requirements outlined in this VSI are being reviewed and consultation to follow. 
June 2021
No. 18 Left hand drive vehicles & vehicles converted to right hand drive [PDF 96 Kb]
October 2020
No. 19 Modifying seats for seating capacity [PDF 168 Kb] June 2021
No. 25 Motor vehicle body repairs [PDF 22 Kb]
May 2006
No. 26 Roadworthiness requirements [PDF 204 Kb]
June 2021
No. 27 LPG/LNG/CNG conversions and repairs [PDF 509 Kb]

June 2021

No. 29 Fitment of equipment and accessories within the driver’s field of view [PDF 653 Kb]
June 2021
No. 33 Guidelines to modifications to vehicles operated under Victoria's Club Permit Scheme [PDF 448 Kb] June 2021
No. 34   Guidelines for the use of bicycle carriers [PDF 219 Kb]  June 2021 

Note: the following Vehicle Standards are no longer current and should not be used to determine whether a vehicle meets construction standards. They’re for reference use only.

Modifications made to vehicles based on these documents are only valid if made prior to the corresponding “Valid until” date in column three below.

Number Title Valid until
No. 9 Registration requirements for light trailers manufactured
before July 1991 [PDF 409 Kb]
January 2016
No. 13 High mounted brake lamps [PDF 52 Kb]

For more information refer to Australian Design
Rule 60/00 - Centre High Mounted Stop Lamp (External link)
January 2016
No. 15 

Additional seat belts for rear seats [PDF 560 Kb]
HISTORICAL DOCUMENT FOR REFERENCE ONLY

June 2021
No. 21

Summary of seat belts and child restraint fitting requirements [PDF 632 Kb]
HISTORICAL DOCUMENT FOR REFERENCE ONLY

June 2021
No. 28 Internal roll bars and roll cages [PDF 215 Kb]

Note: In some circumstances, Club Permit Scheme Vehicles
can continue to have modifications made based
on this document. Refer to VSI Sheet No. 33 for more information

October 2011
No. 32 Heavy Vehicle Modifications [PDF 62 Kb] 10 February 2014

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