Monday, 11 September 2017 13:40

The Motor Trade Association of WA (MTA WA) has been a key contributor to the discussions around these proposed changes through our membership of the Tow Truck Technical Advisory Committee. We encourage all members to provide their feedback.

In 2013 the Department of Transport (DoT) committed to resolve the increasing number of compliance and licensing issues within the tow truck industry.

As part of this commitment, DoT is seeking the views of stakeholders such as yourself on the attached ‘Proposed updates to Western Australian Tow Truck Regulations’. 

The intent of the consultation is to provide certainty to stakeholders regarding the updates to the tow truck regulations, taking into account the possible impact these changes will have on stakeholders.

At the conclusion of the review process DoT will finalise the proposed updates to the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 Part 12: Tow Trucks based upon available standards, research, and feedback received from stakeholders. 

Please forward this email to any industry stakeholders who have not received a copy. Please note the survey closes on 22 October 2017 at 5pm.

Should you have any questions or require further information about the survey, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit the Stakeholder survey page for the documents.

On the agenda in September

  • Consultations will open for the Vehicle Safety and Standards Branch Circular to Industry on Bull Bar Construction Guidelines due out in September. MTA WA has been and will continue to be a lead contributor to this discussion. Members are encouraged to contact 4WD Division Manager, Graham Cawley if they would like to contribute.
  • MTA WA is a standing member of the Heavy Vehicle Industry Consultative Group (HVICG) and recently attended a meeting at Main Roads headquarters. On behalf of members the Association raised some significant issues during the meeting concerning:
  • The high price of Stamp Duty for heavy vehicle trailers compared to the eastern states. WA trailer manufacturers are currently at a disadvantage due to the variable rate of stamp duty across the states.
  • Cross border issues such as concessional loading. WA recognises concessional loading on mechanical suspension whereas other states under the jurisdiction of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator does not. This issue needs to be addressed.

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