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Are Queensland towing laws changing?

If you’ve been on social media this morning, chances are you’ve seen a few articles getting bunted around about how Queensland towing laws are going to change in the near future due to legislation being brought in by the current Queensland government. According to the Courier Mail article, Queenslanders will be “…forced to buy large, powerful, expensive and fuel-inefficient imported utes and trucks.” But are Queensland towing laws changing?

It appears at this stage, that the entire article published by the Courier Mail is nothing more than scare mongering and ‘click-bait’; laying all the blame on the current governement in Queensland. Indeed there have already been press releases stating as such, specifically from the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, this morning which states:

“The Palaszczuk Government has made no changes to trailer towing rules in Queensland. These trailer towing rule changes are set by the Federal Government. The federal changes will not come into effect next month in Queensland. I will be raising all issues presented to me by stakeholders with my federal colleagues. Safety is of course our highest priority, but the Palaszczuk Government will absolutely reject any changes that unnecessarily disadvantage Queensland drivers or our wider state economy.”

Zone RV Off Road CaravanDon’t get us wrong, Queensland has some of the most draconian GVM/GCM upgrade laws already, and the rulings themselves are just about as clear as mud.

Essentially what you’re able to do in Queensland as it stands for an already registered vehicle (not pre-registration second-stage manufacture), is upgrade the GVM by around the 10% mark (this number however varies from vehicle to vehicle). This does not automatically increase the towing capacity or combined weights.

So for example, let’s say you have a 2014 200 Series LandCruiser GXL, with a GVM of 3350kg, and a 3500kg towing capacity, you theoretically have a GCM of 6850kg. If you were then to upgrade the GVM of the 200 Series from 3350kg to 3900kg, the GCM DOES NOT increase by 550kg to 7400kg. It remains at 6850kg.

What that means then, is that if you do increase the GVM, and run your four-wheel drive loaded right up to the new GVM, you lose that amount from your towing capacity (so from 3500kg to 2950kg – if your 200 Series is fully loaded to the GVM). So regardless of any upgrade you do to your vehicle, your GCM remains the same. Worthy of note, is that any GVM upgrade to an already registered vehicle, still requires it to be mod plated in Queensland.

With all of this in mind, the absolute best suggestion we can give you, is if you’re looking to do a suspension weight upgrade, it will be best to speak to the folks who will be installing and engineering/modification plating it, to ensure it will be legal.

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  • Rusco
    All the above just confirms smaller/lighter van and a GVM upgrade are starters for any travel.
    Buy the basic 200 LC barn door version and you get more payload capacity. That could save an upgrade.

  • Well there goes the caravan industry moving interstate as qlders can’t do anything to there rigs to improve them. 4×4 sales in qld will stump and this qld government thinks it knows best… proof is in the evidence of all money wasted and failure after failure

  • Ditch the spa the dishwasher the exercise bick the 56 inch tv get a smaller van,easier to tow less fuel no ####### worries

  • The other issue is axle weights, I have all the gear fitted on the front as advertised and have discovered well and truly over manufacturers specifications and registered by dealer making non compliant

    • This is where there should be Federal Registration like heavy vehicles, and Federal Licencing as the differences between the states and Territories is a complete joke and Queensland is one on the biggest jokes when their registration and licencing charges are the highest in Australia

  • Exercise for you. Take a TLC200 Sahara
    Gvm 3300kg, kerb 2740kg, =PayLoad 560, add eg 2people & luggage, fuel say 300kg. Remain=260kg. If add fridge 30kg,drawers 45,2nd agm batt @40kg,bull bar 75,( no winch @another 30-40kg), roof rack40 that’s 230kg. Not even added contents of fridge or what’s on the roof rack leaves 30kg. If tow with TBW 200kg..you are busted on your GVM.
    Now let’s work on GCM
    6850kg less MaxTowWt 3500=3350.less kerb at 2740.remain is 610kg
    Less tow ball wt 220,230kg access, 300kg humans luggage fuel 300kg. Not even added contents of fridge or what’s on roof rack
    Already busted again on GVM.
    So if your 200 is rigged for 4×4 work it will struggle as a tug vehicle & limited to smaller Van’s. So really is it the best tow vehicle after all??… Esp it seems gvm upgrade doesnt allow increase gcm without engineerings to strengthen chassis and axle loadings.
    springs and shockers ain’t going to do it alone.

  • I think many of us cannot believe this state govt anymore, they release press notes, then deny them, just to cover up their expensive overnight accommodation stays like the 2018 games & this week how much it costs to stay overnight when parliament is in session. Basically, a pack of wandering minstrels scare mongering the taxpayer. Maybe they would like to see caravan pars converted into high rise accommodation & we all drive electric cars?

  • I live in QLD, bought the 200 to pull larger caravan. Now can’t add accessories as will exceed GVM. If I have GVM upgrade like I wanted and load vehicle, that extra weight is subtracted from my 3500kg tow limit.
    Forget the roof top tinnie, Drawers, Bull Bar and Long Range Tanks and tow a van. Best Towing Vehicle Australia has apparently ????? – Not Much Use

    • You hit the nail on the head there Josh, as Australia would have to be the most over governed country on the planet. There is Federal, State & Territory, and Local governments, and none of them do not or will not work with each other as they are only there to line their own pockets, rort the system and we pay for the lot. Instead of these governments selling everything off, which they all do, make them accountable for all their actions like you have to do in the private sector, and if they don’t perform they get the sack and all pay rises should be approved by the voters if they perform in the correct manner.

  • TLC 200 never ever was “The Best”.. only 1 of the best with LandRover Discovery up there too and New Disco possibly better than TLC200 based on GVM GCM specs, power to weigh ratio etc.
    Problem with TLC is its tare. All that weight to begin with. Chuck on bull bar,winch etc etc then left with minimal towball weight & inability to tow 3t+ Van. TLC needs GVM upgrade costing $$.
    I ask you to compare specs TLC200 with LR Disco series 5..read em your self!!
    Performax has a comparison sheet on many fourbies and how quickly Ford Rangies et al and TLC200 can be overloaded falling foul with The Law. Something this web site has brillantly raised over n over again

  • Can someone please issue clear national guidelines. Now my 200 is compromised wtf, this is or was the best towing vehicle on Aussie roads now apparently not so.

  • GVM plus towing capacity does not equal GCM. GCM is GVM plus weight on axles of trailer. Therefore some of the permissible towing capacity counts as part of the GVM as ball download: “the maximum of the sum of the ‘Gross Vehicle Mass’ of the drawing vehicle plus the sum of the ‘Axle Loads’ of any vehicle capable of being drawn as a trailer.”. Safer communities together.