Tow Truck Act 1973 - Queensland


The Act was established to assist in the management of, and set standards for, the crash related towing industry within regulated areas.

The Act provides for the licensing/certification of:

Tow truck drivers (certificate holders) - authority to drive a tow truck
Tow truck assistants (certificate holders) - authority to assist at the scene of an accident/incident or police seizure
Tow truck licence holders - authority to operate a tow truck business
Tow truck vehicle licences - licensed tow truck/s operating in regulated areas in accordance with scheme requirements.

The main purpose of licensing/certifying tow truck licence holders and drivers (including assistants) is to regulate and control the towing of damaged vehicles from the scene of incidents and police seizures and subsequent handling and storage of those vehicles. The scheme does not regulate vehicle breakdown towing, trade towing or towing from private property.

It also sets out the powers of authorised officers under the Act and the procedures and penalties for dealing with offences against the legislation.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Administering agency

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Customer Services, Safety and Regulation Division

Transport Regulation Branch

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Operating address: Customer Service Centre
Phone: 13 23 80
Website: Department of Transport and Main Roads (Opens in new window)