QLD Gov Draft GCM Vehicle Mod Code

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Following the establishment of a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) Technical Working Group by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), a draft GCM Vehicle Modification code was released this week by Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

The AAAA explains that the number of customers requesting Gross Combination Mass upgrades has increased substantially, with larger vehicles and larger towing loads requiring modifications to the lead vehicle to ensure motorists are not overloading; damaging their vehicles or taking risks that affect road safety.

While the industry has of course wanted to be able to respond to consumer requirements with confidence, this has been difficult as the pathway for GCM approval has been inconsistent between the Australian states, leading to uncertainty for all involved.

The AAAA subsequently arranged an industry forum and shortly after, formed the GCM Technical Working Group to design a suitable test protocol as a starting point for a dialogue with state regulators.

The AAAA was able to bring together well-respected industry engineers for this process and is now in dialogue with the regulators around the testing models and will also provide a response to the TMR draft based on the view that good regulation supports responsible engineering.

For more information on the draft code, the AAAA’s viewpoint on and activity around the draft code, and the consultation process that is now open, please contact www.aaaa.com.au