If you own a vehicle that is registered in Queensland and has GCM upgrade, Queensland TMR has some bad news for you.
LS11 – Gross Vehicle Mass Rating of Light Vehicles
The LS11 is designed to allow a light vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) to be increased and
certified under the Approved Person scheme. It will replace the existing procedures of applying to
TMR for individual approval for manufacturer’s GVM options, or for Second Stage Manufacture
(SSM) holders to apply for a new type approval each time they obtain a new SSM.
The LS11 modification code will allow Approved Person engineers to certify the following
modifications under a modification code:
- Increase a vehicle’s GVM where an additional axle has been fitted;
- Increase in a vehicle’s GVM to a manufacturer’s optional GVM
- Increase in a vehicle’s GVM up to 10% where a physical modification (springs, shock
absorbers, and so on) has been performed
- Increase in a vehicle’s GVM in accordance with a SSM, approval where permission from
the SSM holder has been provided in writing.
Modifications which will not be acceptable under the new GVM modification code include:
- GVM increase to a vehicle with unitary/monocoque construction.
- Reduction in GVM rating (unless in accordance with a manufacturer’s option).
- Increase in Gross Combination Mass (GCM) rating or, if no GCM is specified, the maximum
towing mass at GVM, except in accordance with an SSM approval or manufacture’s option.
- Increase in vehicle’s towing capacity, except in accordance with an SSM approval or
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