Summarised Legal Requirements
The following guide is designed to assist fleet managers, OH&S officers and authorities to quickly identify non-conformity.
Safety Chains and rated safety chain attachments
are mandatory for every rigid drawbar trailer.
Safety Chains remain non-compulsory for hinged drawbar DOG trailers despite this trailer type being clearly conspicuous in accident statistics.
The National Standard VSB6 strongly recommends safety chains for all trailers.
Except Road Train
Rated safety chain attachments must be fitted to every towbar regardless of the intended trailer
to be towed.
A towbar without safety chain attachments does not comply with ADR62.
Bartlett safety chain attachments are tested to ADR requirements and registered with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Components are clearly marked with ratings and identifications for operator safety.
What if it’s not a Bartlett?
The mere presence of chains and attachments on trailers and towbars does not guarantee ADR compliance – seek test result evidence and component registration numbers (CRNs) in writing from the manufacturer.