Australian Design Rule ADR 38/01 - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with this rule if you intend operate or manufacture light, medium and heavy trailers. 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.

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Code of Practice

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Act(s) name

Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Surface Transport Policy

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Surface Transport Policy

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Operating address: 111 Alinga Street
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 075 001
Phone: 02 6274 7111