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)

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.
 
Vehicle Standards Information 2 – Window Tinting is currently being updated. For further information regarding Window Tinting, please refer to Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009, Schedule 2, Clause 44.

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] November 2009
No. 2 Vehicle Standards Information 2 – Window Tinting is currently being updated. For further information regarding Window Tinting, please refer to Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009, Schedule 2, Clause 44. 

No. 3 Imported vehicles conditions for registration in Victoria [PDF 186 Kb] November 2009
No. 4 Summary of registration requirements for motorcycles and mopeds [PDF 862 Kb] January 2000
No. 5 Conversion of vehicles to motor homes [PDF 177 Kb] November 2009
No. 6 Requirements for A – frame towing of vehicles [PDF 20 Kb] May 2006
No. 8 Guide to modifications for motor vehicles [PDF 785 Kb] October 2011
No. 12 Flashing or rotating warning lamps [PDF 172 Kb] November 2009
No. 15 Additional seat belts for rear seats [PDF 560 Kb] March 1998
No. 16 Tyre maintenance and repair [PDF 573 Kb] January 2000
No. 17 Child restraint anchorages [PDF 572 Kb] January 2000
No. 18 Left hand drive vehicles & vehicles converted to right hand drive [PDF 145 Kb] November 2009
No. 19 Additional or replacement seats [PDF 168 Kb] November 2009
No. 21 Summary of seat belts and child restraint fitting requirements [PDF 632 Kb] January 2000
No. 25 Motor vehicle body repairs [PDF 22 Kb]
May 2006
No. 26 Roadworthiness requirements [PDF 288 Kb]
February 2017
No. 27 LPG/LNG/CNG conversions [PDF 230 Kb]
October 2011
No. 29 Drivers field of view requirements [PDF 653 Kb]
January 2000
No. 33 Guidelines to modifications to vehicles operated under Victoria's Club Permit Scheme January 2015
No. 34   Guidelines for the use of bicycle carriers [PDF 219 Kb]  July 2017 

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.8 Guide to modifications for motor vehicles [PDF 785 Kb] October 2011
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. 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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