You will require vehicle trade plates if you intend to operate a business that involves the handling or use of unregistered vehicles or trailers. Businesses that may require vehicle trade plates include:
- motor vehicle dealers
- vehicle manufacturers
- licensed vehicle testers
- fleet managers
- vehicle transporters.
Trade plates are special identifying plates that are attached to the rear of unregistered vehicles or trailers to permit them to be driven for certain approved purposes. For example, taking an unregistered vehicle for a test drive.
If your application is approved, you will be issued with a number known as a General Identification Mark and supplied with a trade plate bearing that number (one or more plates can be issued for each General Identification Mark, subject to limits imposed by the agency). Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible to have a vehicle trade plate assigned, you must:
- be a manufacturer, tester, dealer, fleet owner or person engaged in the business of selling, modifying, repairing, altering or transporting vehicles before first registration
- comply with the conditions subject to your appropriate qualifications
- provide evidence to show that any applicable transport accident charge (TAC) has been paid for each trade plate
- supply all the information required by the agency
- pay the relevant fee.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information.
It is an ongoing requirement of this assignment that you must keep a record in a form approved by the agency that sets out the name and address of each person who uses a vehicle on which the general identification mark is displayed.
Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.
You must lodge your application in the approved form accompanied by proof of eligibility and the required fee.
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Road Safety Act 1986 (Victoria)
Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009 (Victoria)
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