You require this certificate to drive and operate a tow truck attending a scene of an accident/incident or to tow a police seized vehicle under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 within regulated areas. The role includes preparation of a motor vehicle for towing, and to clean up the scene of the accident/incident efficiently and safely.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To become a certified tow truck driver you must:
be 18 years old or more
be medically fit to drive and capable of performing the role
hold a driver licence authorising you to drive the class of vehicle for which the certificate is sought.
You will be issued with this certificate for a period of 12 months.
Industry authority card
Complete the Tow truck driver/assistant application form (F4481), which may be lodged at a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre or an authorised Queensland Government Agency Program (QGAP) Office and pay the appropriate fee.
The following competency requirements must be met to show you have the ability to drive a tow truck:
Have held a driver licence authorising you to drive a tow truck of the class for which the certificate is sought for a continuous period of three years immediately before an application for the certificate is made; or
Demonstrate by a practical driving test that you have the ability to drive and properly control a tow truck of the class for which the certificate is sought. This includes:
demonstrating competence in driving the tow truck whilst towing a motor vehicle
having the ability to position a tow truck and correctly prepare a motor vehicle for towing
having a thorough knowledge of the correct procedures for towing.
Your criminal and traffic history will be checked.
This certificate cannot be transferred.
For details of your nearest Customer Service Centre please phone 13 23 80 or visit the Department's website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au.
A tow truck driver can only operate under the authority when employed by the holder of a tow truck licence.
If you are a tow truck driver and you acquire the title to any of the vehicles you remove or tow, you may need a special licence. Depending on how you dispose of the vehicles, you may be considered a second hand dealer, motor dealer or motor dealer wrecker, and these activities require a licence. For further information about these licence products or to obtain an application form, please contact the Office of Fair Trading on 13 74 68 or visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Customer Services, Safety and Regulation Division
Transport Regulation Branch
Tow Truck Act 1973 (Queensland)
Tow Truck Regulation 2009 (Queensland)
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