Australian Design Rule ADR 38/01 - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this rule if you intend use a semi-trailer to carry dangerous goods. This Australian Design Rule (ADR) referenced in the legislation is referred to in the Catalogue as ADR 38 Trailer brake systems. The function of this Australian Design Rule is to specify requirements for braking under both normal and emergency conditions.

Compliance shall be demonstrated by means of procedures outlined in the rule for road testing and / or calculations based on data for approved components. The rule is referenced in the Regulations as a Third Edition Design Rule.

Please consult the Agency Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Surface Transport Policy

Act(s) name

Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Interstate Road Transport Regulations 1986 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Surface Transport Policy

Operating address:
111 Alinga Street
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2600

Phone:

1800075001

Phone:

02 62747111

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