Queensland lift laws fall in line

You may remember the issues with Operation Lift undertaken by the Queensland Police Service late last year, and the statement released not long after by the Queensland Government confirming that the state will be bringing Queensland lift laws in line with New South Wales. What followed not long after that was further operations targeting the four-wheel-drive community, with even more fines being handed out relating to the rather draconian laws in the northern state. We’re happy to report that the laws are now in effect, so long as you do not pass the stated 75mm overall lift, even on ESC-equipped vehicles, you are driving a legal and roadworthy vehicle.

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The initial statement from Mark Bailey, Minister of Transport and Main Roads stated, “Next month we will be changing sections of the Queensland Code of Practice, which governs vehicle lift rules.

“These changes, which follow consultation between my department and industry, will raise the maximum lift certifiable in Queensland from 125mm to 150mm.

“Importantly, this will make Queensland’s maximum lift, with certification, consistent with the National Code Practice and other states.

“For vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), vehicle owners will be able to raise their vehicles up to 75mm (incorporating a maximum of 50mm suspension and 25mm tyre increase) without certification.*

*Queensland already allows such a lift for non-ESC equipped vehicles.

“The move to 75mm without certification, for ESC vehicles will ensure consistency with the rules in NSW and Victoria.”

At the time of the statement, despite the sections of the Queensland Code of Conduct being changed within a month, there was no timeframe given for the Queensland lift laws change to take effect, however, they now have.

Here’s to Queensland and finally jostling up their laws to align with their southern neighbours!


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  • confused,,,,, A vehicle only needs to be compliant with the rules in the state it is registered, If this is the case how can QLD defect a vehicle that is compliant in NSW

  • Hi Dan if you think you can halt climate change you are deluded!This small ball has been changing back and forth for eternity. Note Greenland, named 500 years back ,snowy in my lifetime now greening again apparently

  • Every one thinks “all australia” laws will be benefical, it doesn’t always go that way. I’m interested to see how long it lasts with any increase in rollovers on roads as heights go up. And be careful what you wish for there are quite a few ADR’s broken with aftermarket fitments that currently are ignored by the police fraternity, that can change.

  • Qld may have sorted their lift laws. Meanwhile here in WA we have to get an engineering certificate to lift more than 50mm. And yes police are targeting vehicles in popular 4wd areas. Recently there was a day where they were defecting vehicles and they themselves got stuck. Not having decent clearance. People just left them there to fend for themselves giving the police the finger. Yes standard national laws are desperately needed.

  • I hope all police and emergency vehicles are going to follow the law as well.
    How will travelers from other states get on with these laws ??

    • The police have all standard measurements supplied by manufacturers. They measure from the centre of the wheel hub to the underside edge of the wheel arch

  • Whatever or whoever gave the Qld muppets the idea that this state should have different vehicle rules to everybody else? I was under the impression that the ADRs covered every states & territory.
    Obviously stupidity overruled common sense for a while & hopefully the “rule makers” will read & try to read & understand the Australian rules before making more dumb mistakes.

  • Amazing how much the dollar can accomplish.
    I know there were other forces at play here, but I cannot be the only one to think, “I’ll just stay away from Queensland and travel elsewhere”, avoiding the hassle.

    • You’re not the only one, I live in the Blue Mountains, and do a trip up to Queensland every year, this time I went to the Victorian High Country instead, hard to enjoy your holiday when you’re paranoid that you’ll be targeted for an intensive vehicle inspection and possible defect despite being legal in your home state by every cop on the road.

  • Well there is one way to get around the rules, remove your vehicle springs, and fit airbag suspension! If the Americans can do it, then so can us Aussies!! There was an article in a 4×4 mag I browsed at local mechanics, which showed a 4×4 converted to airbag. the owner said at the flick of a switch he could go from legal highway height to maximum lift once he got off-road, and got a more comfortable ride! He also says the only ones knocking airbags are the spring makers & sellers!! He can drive over the border, and no one even knows he has a lift kit!

    • Easy enough if you have coils all round, not too expensive either, but if you have leaf springs or independent with struts at one end or both, you’re up for a bucketload of money.

    • I can do that in my Discovery 4 anyway. I have actually been stopped for an RBT and lifted the car while doing the BT and the Cop just laughed… 🙂

  • So Queensland finally caught up!! If only they managed to catch up with the views of the rest of the country before the federal elections, oh well there’s always 2022.

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