If you have purchased a set of plans from Fabplans and reside in Australia, this is the guide for your braking needs for light trailers up to 4500kg ATM. We periodically update these requirements in line with the VSB1 (vehicle standards bulletin) current version 6, however, we strongly advise you to consult your state’s motor vehicle registering body to confirm your braking requirements.
Australian light trailer brake regulations
Below is a brief overview of when you are required to have brakes.
Single axle trailers
No brakes are required for single-axle trailers when the GTM is 750kg or under. However, if you are approaching 750kg, installing brakes as an extra safety measure is a good idea.
Trailers with a GTM over 750kg and up to 2000kg
For a trailer with a GTM over 750kg and up to 2000kg, or more than one axle, you will need at a minimum of overrun brakes. If you are below 2000kg GTM, you are only required to have brakes on one axle.
Trailers with a GTM over 2000kg
Brakes are required to operate on ALL wheels if your trailer has a GTM greater than 2000kg. The chosen braking system must be activated by a control signal from the tow vehicle. You will also need an emergency braking system (breakaway system) that operates for at least 15 minutes after activation should your trailer become disconnected from the vehicle.
- Trailer GTM 750kg or less = no brakes needed
- Trailer GTM over 750kg to and up to 2000kg = brakes required
- Trailer GTM greater than 2000kg = brakes & breakaway system required
The above information has been provided as a GUIDE ONLY. Please consult the most up-to-date VSB1 available here.