The newly released Gross Combination Mass (GCM) modification code and amended existing Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) modification code will allow an increase in mass ratings of light vehicles in Queensland.
The TMR said that the primary reason for these codes was to allow vehicle owners to safely carry out modifications to their vehicles which would enable them to increase the vehicle’s pay load and offer more options when looking to tow a heavier caravan.
The new code addresses modification requirements relating to GCM re-rating, which is the sum of the maximum weight a vehicle can both carry and tow.
TMR’s deputy director general, customer services, safety and regulation, Geoff Magoffin said there have been continued calls from both industry and the wider recreational motoring community to allow for the mass re-ratings of light vehicles.
“I am pleased to announce we have listened to the needs of industry and the towing community and have developed safe and robust modification codes which we believe will be welcomed by those wishing to undertake these type of vehicle modifications,” Magoffin said.
“Transport and Main Roads engineers have worked with their counterparts in New South Wales and Victoria and alongside industry to develop the new GCM code.
“While the codes will be available within Queensland initially, TMR will continue to work closely with their jurisdictional counterparts and the Commonwealth to introduce the codes nationally.
“These changes have been made to assist Queenslanders who want to explore our great state, whilst also ensuring vehicles continue to meet important safety and modification standards.”