Recent Myth About Towing Shackles

There has been a lot of incorrect posts on social media recently about police booking people due to a change in the requirements for safety chain shackles. This is not correct as you can see form this Transport Department email below:

MYTH – CHANGES TO REQUIREMENTS FOR SHACKLES USED WHEN TOWING A TRAILER 

For response to Customer Enquiries regarding this matter. There has been no change!

Recently, information has been circulating on social media about changes that require the shackles used when towing a trailer to be rated as well as enforcement of this requirement in the Gympie area.Vehicle Standards can advise that under the current legislation, while the safety chains that are used to connect a trailer to a towing vehicle are required to comply with Australian
Standard AS 4177.4 Caravan and light trailer towing components, there is no legal requirement for shackles to comply with a particular Australian Standard.

However, in the interest of road safety, the Department of Transport and Main Roads strongly recommends that vehicle operators use shackles that are either certified to AS 2741-2002 Shackles or are identifiable as having a suitable design for the trailer and towing vehicle combination.

These requirements are not new and have been consistent across most States and Territories for many years.

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