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    Question Obtaining a 'Safety Certificate' in QLD

    Hi All,

    I am moving to Brisbane soon, and I kind of want to bring my car with me. I say 'kind of' because it's looking like it's gonna cost a packet or two to bring it over.

    In order to transfer the car to QLD rego, I need to get a Safety Certificate - formerly Roadworthy Certificate.

    I am very curious to know about people's experiences with getting one of these certificates, particularly for a modified car.

    My car is a 1971 Ford Escort, with a Toyota 3T-GTEU engine, Supra 5 Speed, running Autronic injection, and has a 3" exhaust. The seats are non-standard as well.

    Do I stand a chance? Anyone know any, umm... sympathetic Safety Certificate givers in QLD?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as I may be using these results to decide whether to try and sell my car before I come over.

    Thanks in advance,
    Matt.

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    I don't see at being a problem. As long as it's in good shape like no oil leaks, the lights work, the seatbelts work etc. They don't go and engineer the car for a Cert. Anyplace should be able to do it while you wait as long as you give them notice.
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    Just get a bodgy

    me know NOTHING about it tho

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    Take your cash in hand to just about any mechanic and they will do it up for you in about 5 mins....the last one I had cost me $40 all the guy did was look out the door at the car in the carpark and that was it (not that there was a prob as it was a 98 car!!)......ahh yes the system REALLY works!!
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    Do cars in WA require an engineer's certificate?
    Does this Escort have one?

    I think there are issues with changing states with cars that haven't been certified according to the rules in the state you'e moving to, aren't there? I thought that was the case, 'cos otherwise every man & his dog would get their car engineer-approved in Victoria, and then just register it in their own state.
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    hows it going,

    im in the middle of the same kind of thing

    provided that u have engineering done for all of the mods, u can apply for what is called "RECIPRICLE REGISTRAION"..thats the golden phrase...once this is attained, no blue plate is needed and the police cannot touch u

    it is just s certificate which recognises the mods in QLD as being safe and legal..

    wink wink RWC are easy to come by..CASH is the golden word..

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    Tim510: How much more do you know about this Reciprocal Registration?.

    My car has everything that is legal required in SA (we dont require engineering or anything for the mods that I had done) ...... I was under the impression that I would have to get mod plates for things like cage, 13b, weber etc?

    I assume that the car would need to be registered in SA? and then changed over up here? (my car is out of rego atm because its defected in SA)

    Any futher information would be greatyl appreciated


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    if the vehicle is modified and engineering is done to certify these changes then u can apply for "reciprical registration"..u complete some forms and supply documentation for the transfer..once this is done all mods are legit in QLD..u keep the letter in your glove box incase the boys in blue challenge u..(most idiot traffic cops have not heard of this process)...

    im doing this to avoid having my car being re-complied and having to pay for a blue plate and engineering costs..

    i rang and spoke to a lady in the compliance department of QLD transport..she was VERY helpful..i cannot find the number buts its in the book..her name was 'nancy' or something..has a bit of an asian accent..but she was sooo helpful and happy to assist...

    hope this helps

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    I am told that it didn't require an engineer's certificate, as the capacity was within the threshold allowable for this car, as specified by the Dept. of Transport. I found this interesting, as they didn't seem to care that it was turbocharged - which I thought would be a factor. (The previous owner went through all this... not me.)


    I want to take this opportunity to say that I am shocked and horrified by the suggestion that a RWC could be obtained without a full and thorough inspection of the car, so as to comply with the safety regulation of the state of Queensland.

    That said, where do I sign?

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    Originally posted by Cruiser
    I am told that it didn't require an engineer's certificate, as the capacity was within the threshold allowable for this car, as specified by the Dept. of Transport. I found this interesting, as they didn't seem to care that it was turbocharged - which I thought would be a factor.
    If you don't have an engineer's certificate, I really think you'll have to get one in Qld. The rules are different; the fact that it's turbo (& the original wasn't) would need an engineer to have a look, as would the fact that the engine capacity & power are both over 15% more, plus the fact that the seats aren't standard ...

    Hey, I hope I'm wrong, but I'd really check with the Qld equivalent of the Dept of Transport; although if the work's been done OK & it's roadworthy it shouldn't be a problem to get it engineered (maybe a lot of paperwork, and at least $500 for the certificate).
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    I had to get a blue plate for my car (Turbo Swift GTi...std 1.3l motor) and all I did was to pay a guy $170 dollars, he came round to my place had a quick look at the car, screwed the blue plate on got his money and then left. he said three things, "gee good install", "does it go hard" (me at that stage said F|_|CK YEH!!!) and "does it have aftermarket injection?" me - uuummm nnooooo. why? "him, cause you can't have it" me - ummm OK no probs.......thanks :o

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    gotta love dodgy qld transport dudes!!!!

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    Forg,

    In Qld, the 15% power/capacity limit only applies to a certain class (ie. the under 1100kg class).

    Otherwise, you can do pretty much whatever. I am still amazed that I don't have to upgrade brakes/chassis/suspension when moving from a 150kw 4 cyl to a 210+ kw 6 cyl..

    23Kev,

    I wasn't lead to believe that aftermarket computers were illegal - just that they had to be tuned to comply with emission laws?

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    Originally posted by hcca
    I wasn't lead to believe that aftermarket computers were illegal - just that they had to be tuned to comply with emission laws?
    Yep, but compliance can cost thousands of dollars (depending on which ADR's you have to comply with). Since your average backyard installer is never going to do this, aftermarket injection is generally not street-legal.

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    Originally posted by hcca
    Forg,

    In Qld, the 15% power/capacity limit only applies to a certain class (ie. the under 1100kg class).
    Hmmm ... I'm prettty sure that's not the case. If you increase the power or engine size of any car by 15%, I'm about 95% sure it has to be engineered; of course, the engine-size limit is different for cars under 1100kg. I'm talking about the rules in NSW, and as Qld adapoted the NSW rules ...

    In any case, a Mk1 Escort only weighs around 800kg.
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    Oh, sorry, yeah - 15% would apply if you're not getting it engineered, but if you're not fitting a factory engine it has to get engineered anyway.. so the rule is kinda stupid

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