Trailer safety certificate BrisbaneIf you live in or operate a business on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane, it’s critical to ensure that your trailer is roadworthy and has the necessary safety certification. If you don’t, you could receive a hefty fine, face removal of the licence plate or have your trailer seized.

At Lewis Auto, we make avoiding all this stress easy. Whether you’ve got a lightweight or heavyweight trailer, we will come to your location to do the inspection and organise all the relevant documentation to ensure it’s roadworthy.


Below is what you need to know about the process. To book an inspection, contact us today!

Do all trailers require a safety certificate?

  • Trailers that weigh 750Kg or less can be self-assessed and do not need a safety certificate.
  • Trailers that weigh 0.75 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes must be assessed by a qualified safety inspector.
  • For new trailers that have never been registered before, you will not need a safety/roadworthy certificate the first time you register the trailer. It’s important to note that heavy vehicles like trailers and trucks need an annual Certificate of Inspection to be issued. If you are registering a heavy vehicle in Queensland for the first time, an HVRAS will also be required.
  • All heavyweight trailers must have an HVRAS inspection before being inspected for a safety and roadworthy certificate. This separate assessment will be done before the issuing of the roadworthy certification.  The purpose of the HVRAS is to ensure that the trailer complies with measurement as well as weight restrictions. Get more details here.

How do you know if your trailer is roadworthy in Brisbane?

You will need an authorised workshop to certify the trailer as roadworthy and to issue you a safety certificate. The inspection covers the following checks:

Trailer safety certificate Gold Coast

  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Lights and electrical system
  • Towing couplings
  • Suspension
  • Modifications
  • Brakes
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Body and chassis

If the trailer passes inspection, safety certificates are issued on the spot, if not, Queensland allows for up to 14 days post check to rectify any defects. Getting your trailer to a government inspection centre can be time-consuming and, let’s be honest, a hassle. We can help save you time and fuel costs by coming to you anywhere on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and surrounding areas. We’ll handle your safety certificate and HVRAS requirements to make sure your trailer is roadworthy.

Imported trailers

Trailers that are imported will need a VIN to be issued by Queensland Transport and Main Roads, and a compliance plate will also have to be purchased. We can help during this process as well as measuring your trailer as part of the HVRAS process.

For all your trailer roadworthy needs in Brisbane, Gold Coast and surrounding areas, give us a call or visit us here.

Let us take the hassle out of ensuring that your trailer is roadworthy.

Book a vehicle inspection today!

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