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Light vehicle standards
Transport for NSW is responsible for administering the vehicle standards that apply to all light vehicles.
Light vehicles are defined as:
- motor vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 4.5 tonnes or less
- trailers with an Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) of 4.5 tonnes or less.
The requirements for light vehicles are outlined in the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017.
The regulation includes:
- Australian Design Rules (ADR) which are the national construction and performance standards for new and used road vehicles
- adopted standards for vehicle components/systems (eg glazing, alternative fuels).
Heavy vehicle standards
A heavy vehicle is a motor vehicle with a GVM exceeding 4.5 tonnes or a trailer with an ATM exceeding 4.5 tonnes.
Vehicle standards information (VSI) sheets
The vehicle standards information (VSI) sheets outline vehicle standards and modification requirements for light vehicles.
If modifications to a vehicle are significant, the vehicle must be issued a compliance certificate by a licensed certifier before being used on a road or road related area. Find out more about modified vehicles and what modifications require certification.
|VSI 03 Windows and tintings (PDF, 529.8 KB)||A guide to the amount of deterioration allowed on windscreens and the use of tinted films on windows.|
|VSI 04 Registering imported vehicles (PDF, 1.12 MB)||A guide to the vehicle standards requirements for registering imported vehicles in NSW.|
|VSI 05 Light vehicle dimension limits (PDF, 256.7 KB)||A guide to the dimension limits applicable to road vehicles not exceeding 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM) or aggregate trailer mass (ATM).|
|VSI 06 Light vehicle modifications (PDF, 155.83 KB)||A guide to modifications requiring certification under the Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme.|
|VSI 08 Flashing lights and sirens (PDF, 82.7 KB)||A guide to inform vehicle owners and operators of the types of flashing lights and/or sirens that may be fitted to certain types of vehicles and when they can be used.|
|VSI 09 Guidelines for alternative wheels and tyres (PDF, 498.37 KB)||A guide to fitting alternative wheels and/or tyres to those supplied as original equipment by the vehicle’s manufacturer.|
|VSI 10 Carrying bicycles on motor vehicles (PDF, 128.52 KB)||Advice about the safety requirements that apply when carrying a bicycle/s externally mounted on a motor vehicle.|
|VSI 14 LPG fuelled vehicles (PDF, 310.49 KB)||A guide to who can install LPG systems and the registration requirements for vehicles fitted with LPG.|
|VSI 16 Natural gas fuel systems for motor vehicles (PDF, 127.33 KB)||A guide to Compressed natural gas (CNG), also called natural gas for vehicles (NGV) and who can install them.|
|VSI 18 Dimension and mass limits for vehicle combinations (PDF, 183.27 KB)||A guide to dimension and mass limits for operating a vehicle combination.|
VSI 21 Guidelines for modifying vehicles for people with disability (PDF, 332.62 KB)
Summary of requirements for registering and using a vehicle modified for a person with a disability - July 2020 (PDF, 99.68 KB)
|Information about modifying vehicles for people with disability, either as a driver or a passenger.|
|VSI 22 Electric brakes fitted to large trailers||This VSI is being updated. In the interim, refer to the Info-sheet Authorised Inspection Scheme Business Rules (PDF, 1.08 MB)|
|VSI 27 Mopeds and power-assisted pedal cycles (PDF, 285.92 KB)||A guide to the differences between mopeds and power-assisted pedal cycles, and the respective registration and licensing requirements and rules.|
|VSI 28 Guidelines for modifications to motorcycles (PDF, 58.98 KB)||Information about the requirements you must meet if you alter your motorcycle from its original specifications.|
|VSI 29 Headlight covers (PDF, 52.53 KB)||Information on the minimum performance requirements for headlights and the need to maintain this performance when fitting headlight covers.|
|VSI 31 Guide on fitting ladder racks to light vehicles (PDF, 232.99 KB)||A guide to the safety and legal requirements that apply to fitting a ladder rack to the front of a light motor vehicle.|
|VSI 35 Mobile advertising units (PDF, 49.93 KB)||Information on the requirements for vehicles being used as mobile advertising units.|
|VSI 37 Reporting vehicle defects (PDF, 66.94 KB)||Information for owners and drivers of light vehicles that are fleet vehicles of the process for reporting vehicle defects.|
|VSI 40 Left-hand drive vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes GVM (PDF, 362.6 KB)||Information on the requirements for registering motor vehicles not exceeding 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass in left-hand drive configuration.|
|VSI 41 Guidelines for A-frame towing (PDF, 65.17 KB)||A guide to the requirements for flat-towing a motor vehicle when using a device commonly known as an A-frame.|
|VSI 42 Stretched limousines - exemption from aspects of ADR 58/100 (PDF, 64.79 KB)||Information on stretched limousines exempt from specific clauses of ADR 58/00 Requirements for Omnibuses Designed for Hire and Reward subject to certain conditions..|
|VSI 43 Transporting rowing boats (PDF, 247.13 KB)||Information on the dimension limits applying to vehicles and trailers used for transporting rowing shells, outrigger canoes, kayaks, dragon boats and other similar rowing boats on New South Wales roads.|
|VSI 44 Retro-fitting seatbelts to buses and coaches (PDF, 14.89 KB)||Information about retro-fitting seatbelts to buses and coaches.|
|VSI 46 Exemption permit process for approval and registration of non-complying special purpose vehicles (PDF, 46.02 KB)||Advice for owners and operators of non-complying special purpose vehicles (SPVs) on getting operational approval and registration.|
|VSI 48 Changing the GVM of goods vehicles with alternative identification plates (PDF, 56.16 KB)||Advice on the procedures for changing the gross vehicle mass of goods vehicles that are supplied to the market with different load ratings.|
|VSI 49 Seatbelt buckle covers (PDF, 83.61 KB)||Information about seat belt buckle covers and legal requirements with regard to fitting a seat belt buckle cover.|
|VSI 52 Certification of new trailers up to and including 4.5 tonnes ATM (PDF, 606.35 KB)||Information for trailer manufacturers and/or distributors of the process for the certification and registration of new or revised light trailers.|
|VSI 53 What is an individually constructed vehicle (PDF, 121.56 KB)||Advice about what constitutes an individually constructed vehicle (ICV), and the differences between ICVs and modified vehicles.|
|VSI 57 Driving in snow and ice conditions (PDF, 160.55 KB)||Advice on driving in snow and ice conditions.|
|VSI 58 Number plate visibility (PDF, 216.97 KB)||Advice on the requirements for positioning number plates on vehicles in a way that ensures the number plates’ visibility.|
|VSI 60 Carrying motorised mobility devices and motorcycles on vehicles (PDF, 162.72 KB)||A guide to the safety and legal requirements that apply when carrying a motorised mobility device (MMD), such as an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter, or a motorcycle, on a rack fitted to the rear of a motor vehicle.|
|VSI 62 Transporting yachts on trailers (PDF, 196.58 KB)||A guide to safely transporting yachts and the dimension limits that apply to vehicle and trailer combinations.|
|VSI 63 Number plate warning labels (PDF, 255.73 KB)||A guide to the requirements for number plate warning labels for motor vehicles powered by alternative fuel types & Electric Vehicles|
|VSI 64 Aftermarket forward facing lamps (PDF, 390.23 KB)||Advice on the different types of aftermarket forward facing lamps that may be fitted to a light motor vehicle, excluding mopeds, motorcycles, and motortricycles.|
|VSI 65 Vehicles used for film and television Standards Information No-65 (PDF, 885.57 KB)||Advice on the construction requirements for vehicles modified for use by the film industry.|