I would like to correct some confusion in recent media reports and online posts about supposed changes to Queensland’s lift modification laws and their links to a recent police operation.
No recent changes have been made to Queensland’s suspension and lift laws.
To be clear: a modified vehicle registered in another state or jurisdiction can legally drive in Queensland, provided that vehicle continues to comply with the modifications that were approved in that state or jurisdiction.
Operation Lift was a three day Queensland Police Service operation on the Gold Coast.
That operation stopped more than 60 4WD vehicles and included an education and engagement component.
Infringement notices were issued for defective vehicles or illegal modifications, while other offences including drug driving and speeding.
This operation was not about enforcing new laws as no new laws had been introduced.
Modifications in QLD
Vehicle lift modification requirements are covered by the Queensland Code of Practice (QCOP).
The codes which specify lift requirements are being reviewed.
The aim of the review is to more closely align Queensland’s requirements with Australian standards (the National Code of Practice VSB-14), without disadvantaging Queensland drivers and modifiers.
The review has proposed changes in Queensland that would see:
- The maximum combined lift that can be certified (using codes LS9 and LS10) increase from 125mm to 150mm
- The maximum lift by suspension alone that can be certified (using codes LS9 and LS10) increase from 50mm to 75mm.
Feedback on these proposed changes from industry has been positive and the Department of Transport and Main Roads aims to introduce them in Queensland in October this year.
If anyone needs further clarification, they can contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80 or online - www.tmr.qld.gov.au/About-us/Contact-us
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey