Modifcation PLATES

Paramount Automotive Performance can modify and approve all modifications issuing Modification Plate & Certificate within the Queensland guidelines.

The responsibility for ensuring that a vehicle is roadworthy rests with its owner.

It is the owners responsibility to ensure that:

• The vehicle in its modified form continues to comply with the Road transport regulations and the Australian Design Rules (ADR) and;
• That the modifications do not reduce the strength, controllability or level of safety of the vehicle.

A modified vehicle must continue to comply with all applicable ADRs.

Any person considering substantial modifications to their vehicle is advised to engage the services of an approved persons who is experienced in vehicle design, standards & construction requirements, and is recognised by the department of transport for the purpose of issuing modification plate certificates.

Owners are advised that as part of the process of certification, an approved persons from Paramount Automotive Performance will need to inspect and in some cases, require tests to be carried out on components that in the finished vehicle will be inaccessible or not fully visible. Owners should therefore contact our office at the earliest possible stage (preferable before commencing the modification) and , arrange for the approved persons to inspect the vehicle at appropriate stages throughout the modification process.

A Simplified method for obtaining approvals

While there are some modifications which still require approval from Queensland Transport, most approvals can be obtained through the Approved Persons Scheme which operated throughout Queensland. This scheme allows quick and convenient evaluations and approvals.

What can Paramount Automotive Performance Approved persons approve?

Many modifications can be approved by Paramount Automotive Performance Approved persons, and include:

• Engine substitution
• Turbocharger & supercharger installation
• Transmission substitution
• Rear Axle replacement
• Differential substitution
• Brake System substitution
• Roll bar and roll cage installation
• Seating capacity alteration and seat belt installation
• Child restraint anchorage installation
• Fuel tank alteration
• Steering conversion

The minimum standards for all these modifications are contained in the code of practice light motor vehicle modifications here at our office at Paramount Automotive Performance.

What is the code of practice?

The code of practice is a detailed manual which prescribes the standards for vehicle modifications. Check this code for the standards relating the the modifications you are thinking about.

Here at Paramount Automotive Performance we are more than happy to help you with your enquiry’s in regards to vehicle modifications, and can give you any information you require from the code of practice.

How do approve persons at Paramount Automotive Performance approve modifications?

We inspect the modified vehicle to ensure it complies with the Code of Practice. Our Approved Person will give you a certificate of modification and fit a modification plate to the vehicle if the changes meet the required standards.

How much do approvals cost?

A fee will be charged for any vehicle inspection and approval. This fee is not set by Queensland Transport. Approved persons set their own fees, which may vary depending on the modifications and the time involved in the inspection.

Do approved persons have to modify my car?

No. Although we do offer the service to modify your vehicle on your behalf, you can still do the modifications yourself. However, it is strongly suggested than an approved person is consulted prior to commencement of any modification to find out the relevant standards for approval.

If you would like to make a booking,  call our office on  (07) 4659 9711


Here at Paramount Automotive Performance we are an Approved Inspection Station 7793

Paramount Automotive Performance
35 Wylie Street , Toowoomba, QLD 4350

Heavy Trailers over 3.5t to 10.0t (ATM)
Heavy Vehicles 4.5t to 16.0t (GVM)
Light Trailers over 0.7t (ATM)
Light Vehicles up to 4.5t (GVM)-

What is a safety certificate?

In November 1999, the safety certificate replaced the roadworthy certificate. A safety certificate covers basic things that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle, such as:
• tyres
• brakes
• steering
• suspension
• body rust or damage
• windscreen
• lights.

The safety certificate is designed to offer buyers better protection. A vehicle with a safety certificate has undergone a safety inspection before being offered for sale, so buyers can be sure the vehicle is safe to drive. This means there will be fewer unsafe vehicles on Queensland roads, reducing the likelihood of crashes caused by defective vehicles.

What vehicles must have a safety certificate?

In Queensland you must obtain and display a safety certificate on any registered light vehicle from the moment you offer the vehicle for sale. Vehicles include cars, motorbikes, caravans, trailers (0.75–3.50 tonne ATM {Aggregate Trailer Mass}) and any other vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass).

When can vehicles be sold without a safety certificate?

The only time vehicles do not require a certificate is when they are unregistered or when they are traded to, or between, licensed motor dealers. Vehicles can still be sold for parts or restoration, but they must be de-registered before being offered for sale.

Who issues safety certificates?

Safety certificates can only be issued by approved inspection stations. These are service stations, garages or workshops which have been approved by Queensland Transport to conduct inspections.

How long are safety certificates current for?

Make sure certificates are current.
For dealers, certificates must have been issued in the three months or 1000 kilometres before sale—whichever comes first.

For private sellers, safety certificates must have been issued in the two months or 2000 kilometres before sale, whichever comes first. A new safety certificate is required each time you sell the vehicle even if it is within the two months or 2000 kilometres.

What are the safety certificate conditions of use?

A safety certificate cannot be used for more than one transfer. This means if you are selling a used vehicle and have obtained a safety certificate for this vehicle, the person who buys this vehicle cannot then use this certificate if they sell the vehicle. Also, the safety certificate cannot contain any alterations.

Displaying safety certificates

Safety certificates must be displayed in a very obvious place, for example:
• motorbike—front forks or guard
• car—windscreen or window
• trailer—draw-bar.

If you fail to display a safety certificate on the vehicle from the moment you offer it for sale you will receive an on-the-spot fine.

If you would like to make a booking,  call our office on  (07) 4659 9711