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Trailer Laws in Victoria, Australia: What You Need to Know As a Trailer Owner

When it comes to the safe use of any form of vehicle, there are inevitably going to be certain laws and rules that need to be followed for different circumstances. Naturally, trailer usage and ownership are no different, with there being several trailer laws in Australia that you will need to follow to ensure that you are using your trailer safely and within the confines of legal requirements. At Big Man Trailer Co, we are dedicated to providing Australian drivers with quality galvanised trailers and trailer parts, and therefore, we want to ensure that they are being used in ways that comply with Australian laws for the sake of the driver, other drivers, and the trailer itself.

Today, we’re going to go through a quick list of questions we’ve seen pop up and maybe provide you with some information that you may not have come across regarding trailer laws in Australia. So, without further adieu, let’s get into some things you need to know as a trailer owner.


Can Green P-Platers Tow A Trailer in VIC?

By Victorian law, yes, green P-platers can tow a trailer. As long as a Victorian green P-plater is driving a non-prohibited vehicle, they can drive with a trailer. You can read more about the specifics of what can and cannot be done with green P-plates by clicking here.


Can A Learner Driver Tow A Trailer in VIC?

The short answer is no; a learner driver cannot tow a trailer. This is true across almost all vehicles, with the surprising exception of a tractor, which will be allowed in certain agricultural situations. However, on roads in Victoria, the towing of trailers or other vehicles by L-platers is prohibited. With that said, this isn’t the case across the entirety of Australia. For example, L-platers in ACT can tow trailers as long as they fall beneath the maximum weight limit of 750kgs. So, if you’re outside VIC and curious about the specific laws pertaining to your state or territory, definitely check.


Can Red P-Platers Tow a Trailer?

A red P-plater cannot tow a trailer unless it’s under specific work-related circumstances, at least in VIC. However, other states will have different limitations regarding plated drivers and their legal ability to tow trailers. So, it’s important to check the specifics of your area.


Trailer Registration: Can I Tow An Unregistered Trailer?

In Victoria, we actually have a specific single-use permit for those that are needing to tow an unregistered trailer. Aptly-named Unregistered Vehicle Permits (UVP) can only be used once and only with the specific trailer that they have been received for. So, in short, there are ways in which you can legally tow an unregistered trailer, just as long as you have the required paperwork to do so.


Can I Tow Two Trailers At Once?

This one is a firm no. As far as research has been able to find, there is not a single territory or state that will allow you to tow two trailers at once, and for a variety of good reasons. The increased weight, coupled with the difficulty of maneuvering two trailers at once, makes it practically impossible to do safely out on the roads. So, for the sake of other drivers, and the driver themselves, towing two trailers at once is illegal across Australia.



There will naturally be more trailer laws in Australia to look over and explore. If you have more information you’d like to share, or another topic you feel it’d be helpful to cover, leave a comment below, or contact us today. Alternatively, if you’d like to learn more about all things trailers, why not explore the Big Man Trailer Co galvanised trailer blog today? With new blogs being posted at least once a month, there’s always more information to explore.

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