13th Dec 2010, 04:18 PM #1
6 x 4 trailer in Victoria, does it need registration?
Just wondering if a 6 x 4 trailer in Victoria requires registration? I've heard a few different things, so just after the correct answer.
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13th Dec 2010, 05:20 PM #2
from the Vicroads site:
Under certain circumstances and depending on the vehicle type, a vehicle may not need to be registered.
* agricultural equipment - vehicles without automotive power built to perform agricultural tasks off road such as, cultivating land, growing and harvesting crops and rearing livestock.
* trailers carrying harvester combs
* bulk field bins for holding grain
* bulk fruit bins
* trailers (other than trailers specifically built to carry a boat) that is not used in the course of trade and:
- weighs less than 200 kilograms empty
- is not wider than the vehicle towing it
- is not more than 3 metres long including the drawbar and any load on the trailerI try and do new things twice.. the first time to see if I can do it.. the second time to see if I like it
13th Dec 2010, 05:31 PM #3
Generally in Vic a 6x4 trailer for private use doesn't, but if you live on the border and travel into NSW the interstate filth are like 1080 poison on unregistered Vic trailers.
13th Dec 2010, 06:28 PM #4
cheers, so if I keep the weight down I should be right. What does a 6x4 generally weigh? I have one here that I want to fix up and am thinking about adding a cage to it. Hopefully it won't be too heavy.
Does it cost to use those weigh bridges?
13th Dec 2010, 08:47 PM #5
Just had my new tandem weighed for rego purposes and it cost me $10.00 at a public weighbridge. (in Victoria). Tandem came in at 600 kilos. Most 6x4s come in at 3 metres in length. I got fined for carrying a 3.6 metre length of spouting because total length of trailer was now over 3 metres.
14th Dec 2010, 07:44 PM #6
Unlike a car, trailer rego here in Victoria is 3/5ths of stuff all. Less than $40 a year at the moment, and then the trailer itself is covered by TAC insurance should it come adrift from the towing vehicle and cause someone an injury.
Good luck with the weight thing too... the only steel trailers I've seen that come even close to being under 200Kg empty, wouldn't hold a box of pillows let alone carry anywhere near 550Kg.
14th Dec 2010, 08:37 PM #7
So If the trailer isn't registered then I have no insurance at all?
Like you said $40 is stuff all, I didn't think it would be that cheap. Is it easy to get through registration? Just drive up to VICROADS and they inspect it?
The 550KG you mentioned, is this the maximum carry capacity of a single axle trailer?
14th Dec 2010, 10:21 PM #8
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15th Dec 2010, 02:23 PM #9
Rego for my tandem was simple enough. All the details of what is required is on the Vicroads website. I rang up vicroads and they gave me a VIN number to stamp on the drawbar (prior to the inspection) and I also made an appointment to have the trailer inspected.
I had to get it weighed and bring along the weigh-bridge docket. Also had to engrave a Compliance Plate with the required trailer details and pop rivet that on the drawbar. Rocked up at the appointed time, the chap had a look over the trailer (to see that it is basically roadworthy), measured it, commented on a nice job I'd done (blush, blush) and bobs my uncle he hands me over a rego plate. I felt like a new father holding a new baby. All up it cost me about $80.00 which includes appointment fee, inspection fee, plate fee and 12 months rego. The website explains it all pretty well.
Now I'm to re-polish my numberplate.
15th Dec 2010, 11:52 PM #10
And that's provided the trailer only weighs 200Kg. Without brakes, the heavier the unladen trailer, the less load it's allowed to carry.
BST's go it nailed with Vicroads. Jump through a few of their hoops, and rego's reasonably straight forward. As for the VIN number and the Compliance Plate, even without rego, you're required to have them anyway, so they're not really an "extra" just for rego.
The insurance bit covered by the registration is the personal injury. So if your trailer goes wandering off down the road and hurts someone, that's what the rego covers. However... whatever property it wrecks along the way is not covered, unless the trailer has it's own third party insurance cover, OR, if it's still attached to a towing vehicle, then it's usually covered by that towing vehicle's insurance** policy.
(**check with your insurer)
4th Mar 2011, 07:44 AM #11
Did VicRoads supply you with the compliance plate?
If not, where'd you get it from.
Did you build from a plan or your own design?
Just wondered if VicRoads need it éngineered' in a similar way to vehicle modes or have an anything goes policy providing it conforms to the trailer regs on their website.
Where did you find as a good source of axles, brakes,, guards, hitch etc...
4th Mar 2011, 05:25 PM #12
BF, compliance plates are available from trailer parts suppliers.
The Vicroads rules on engineering are a bit whacky, if you ask me - you don't need approval to build and register a trailer, providing it complies with certain specifications. There is a .pdf called "Building Small Trailers" you can google for all the required info. There are no minimum specs for strength, rigidity etc and any idiot can slap a trailer together with terrible, non-structural welds and potentially get it registered. Where it gets weird is if you ever want to make modifications to a trailer that you designed and built yourself that you have already registered, such as adding heavier springs to increase the weight capacity. In which case, it then does need engineers approval, even though it was originally registered with no engineers approval.
In the western suburbs of Melbourne at least, try Marshall Engineering, Master Castors, Holroyd trailer parts, etc...
4th Mar 2011, 07:31 PM #13
Mikm has said it all ! I did design my trailer for a particular purpose and to suit my own needs. I then had a look at a few commercially made trailers to get a feel for construction methods and steel sizes. And then of course I asked for advice on this forum which was fantastic! So now list what you want the design of your trailer to be, post it on the forum and the experts will advise if your on the right track! It has been a most satisfying project.
I got my trailer equipment from 'Melbourne Trailer and Caravan Supplies'.
'Marshall Engineering' has a great website full of info too.
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