REAR MARKING PLATES/ DO NOT OVERTAKE SIGNS

Vehicle Standards Bulletin 12 (VSB 12) is the national standard for Rear Marking Plate and Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle Sign usage on vehicles and combinations.

Rear Marking Plates

The requirement to fit Rear Marking Plates is determined by a Motorhome or Campervan’s Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) or a Trailer’s (e.g. Caravan) Gross Trailer Mass.  This is detailed in the tables below:

Rear Marking Plates need to be fitted as close as practical to the outer edge on the rear of the vehicle/ trailer.  The lower edge of these plates need to be between 400 – 1500mm above the ground.

 

If you are sourcing Rear Marking Plates (or replacing existing ones) ensure they are marked compliant to AS4001.1  and made from Class 1A, Class 400 or UN R70 grade retro reflective material.  Class 2 Plates are being phased out, with transition period information outlined in VSB 12.

For more information on the installation and selection of compliant Rear Marking Plates please refer to VSB 12.

Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle Signs

 

It is a road rule that a Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle (DNOTV) Sign is fitted as applicable in each state/ territory jurisdiction.  These requirements apply to heavy and light vehicles as well as combinations.

To determine whether you need to fit a DNOTV Sign to your Motorhome/ Campervan or Trailer (e.g. Caravan) refer to the flowchart below:

It is important to note that straddling adjacent lanes whilst turning without the DNOTV Sign fitted may be illegal in some jurisdictions.

A DNOTV sign (if required) must be fitted in accordance with the installation instructions detailed in VSB 12.  For example, the sign is to be fitted as close as practical to the outer edge of the vehicle or trailer (no further than 500mm from edge) with the lower edge of the sign to be between 400 – 1500mm above the ground.

These signs can be displayed as a separate text only signs, or may also be incorporated into red and yellow Rear Marking Plates.

Furthermore, new or replacement plates must be marked AS4001.1 compliant and be made from Class 1A, Class 400 or UN R70 grade retroreflective material.

For vehicles in some states and terriroties, a larger DNOTV sign than specified in VSB 12 may be required. For more information about these local requirements, please contact the relevant State Transport Authority.

For more information on the installation and selection of compliant DNOTV Signs please refer to VSB 12.