Australian Design Rule ADR 38/01 - Australian Government


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 is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 AG

Regulation(s) name

Interstate Road Transport Regulations 1986 AG

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Surface Transport Policy

Contact details

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General Enquiries

Surface Transport Policy

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Operating address: 111 Alinga Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Phone: 1800 075 001
Phone: 02 6274 7111