The country that gave us Mad Max, The Crocodile Hunter, and Road Trains is now making life a bit more complicated for its sport truck owners.
Australia is a big place, and Australians love enjoying its outdoors with their trucks, but the challenging terrain means that standard suspension and tires are often not enough. The result is a huge aftermarket modification scene Down Under, one which services the demand for greater ride height and improved off-road ability.
Unfortunately, that scenario is now under threat as police in the Australian state of Queensland have started enforcing a code of their own localized vehicle law — which differs slightly from the national regulations. According to Jalopnik, there are stipulations which regulate how much additional ride height you can jack a truck up to and Queensland state police started enforcing it more strictly than ever before.
Technical regulations say you can’t lift a truck more than three-inches before special certification is required, and as anyone who has had a lift-kit installed knowns: that’s not always a given. Hence the current tension between Queensland state police enforcement and modified truck owners on the Gold Coast.
Officers policing the letter of the law say that uncertified modifications could endanger road users by influencing a truck’s braking and cornering performance, whilst also affecting its field of illumination by altering the original beam height of its lights. These are all possibly true, but modified trucks have been trucking around for decades, with substantial lift-kits and no issue.
Why the sudden spate of enforcement in Queensland? Much as is the case in America, trucks are the most popular category of vehicles in Australia and as more owners apply modifications to them, the sheer volume of lifted trucks have started to attract attention. Owners caught driving trucks which are adjudged beyond the legal definition are liable for fines totaling nearly $400. We’re sure Mad Max would not approve.