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Vehicle safety, standards and security

Here you will find advice on safety and standards related to drivers and their vehicles in Western Australia.

Important notice: Compliance plates

From 1 July 2021, new Commonwealth legislation the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 for road vehicles will commence, phasing out compliance plates, establishing an online Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) and requiring new and imported vehicles to display a Secure Vehicle Identification label (SVI).

The Department of Transport are currently working though operational arrangements to make the transition, however further information can be found at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.

As evidence of satisfying the new legislation, new and imported vehicles will be required to be entered on the RAV before they are first provided to the Australian market, unless an exception (e.g. a non-road use import approval) applies. During the 12-month transitional period from 1 July 2021 to 1 July 2022 both a compliance plate or RAV entry will be accepted.

Individuals and companies can create an account and apply for an Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) approval through Road Vehicle Regulator ROVER - a one-stop shop for RVS applications and approvals. 

Vehicle safety and standards

Under the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012, all motor vehicles used on public roads must be licensed unless exempted by the Act. If a vehicle fully complies with the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014, it will be licensed without special conditions.

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Immobilisers greatly reduce the chance of having your car stolen. It is compulsory to fit a Government approved immobiliser when you apply to license (register) or transfer a vehicle in WA. Find out if you require an immobiliser and how to get one fitted.

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Heavy vehicle safety

Here you will find safety guidance material and standards related to heavy vehicles in Western Australia, including safe load restraints, speed limiting, safe use of semi-trailers, compliance inspections, and where to obtain a National Driver Work Diary.

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Motorised wheelchairs

Safety advice on using motorised wheelchairs in Western Australia, including speed limits, where you can travel, modifications and other safety considerations.

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Seats and seat belts

Secure seats and seat belts are essential to travelling safely in most road vehicles. Here, you'll find information on vehicle seating and seat belt rules and regulations, as well as guidance on replacing or repairing seat belts.

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Towing, trailers, tilt-trays and caravans

Here, you will find information covering towbar standards and requirements for towing trailers and caravans, plus information relating to A Frame Towing and towing agricultural implements.

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Vehicles and the environment

Here you will find useful information about alternative fuel options as well as recommended standards to minimise air and noise pollution.

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Vehicle classes

Find out about the different vehicle classes and their eligibility requirements. Suspended or expired licence periods are not included when calculating your driving/riding experience.

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Vehicle maintenance checklist

Maintaining your vehicle ensures it is safe for you and your passengers, as well as other road users. Here you will find guidelines about maintaining a vehicle.

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Page last updated: Thu Jun 24 2021 2:25:44 PM