In Australia, vehicles must comply with the Australian Design Rules (ADR), which outline national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft, and emissions. The ADRs are performance-based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items. Vehicles must comply with the ADRs in effect at the time they were constructed.
ADR 13/00 - Installation of Lighting and Light Signalling Australian Design Rule - prescribes requirements for the number and mode of installation of lighting and light signaling devices on motor vehicles (other than L-group vehicles). While Lightforce products are not ADR-compliant, they fall under the accessories category, not having been originally in-built into the vehicle, and can legally be sold in Australia.
Below are a few key instructions to follow when installing additional vehicle lights, in order to be ADR compliant.
- Up to 4 additional lights can be mounted to the vehicle
- Driving lights must be mounted at the front of the vehicle and be front-facing; they must not be higher than the front edge of the bonnet, if fitted to a bull bar or nudge bar
- Lights must be fitted symmetrically on both sides of the vehicle
- Driving lights must be securely mounted, to minimise injury in the event of a crash or accident
- Lights should not obstruct the driver’s view of the road or traffic to the front and side of the vehicle
- Light emitted should not cause discomfort to the driver directly or through other reflecting surfaces of the vehicle
- Driving lights must remain switched off when high beam headlights are not in operation
- Lights should automatically turn off when high beam headlights are turned off or the headlamps are dipped.
If you are installing any additional driving lights onto your vehicle, please make sure to consult the ADR 13/00 installation guidelines and operating mode, fully detailed on the Federal Register of Legislation page.
Also, please be aware that standard regulations and laws differ from state to state in Australia, so make sure you are up to date with the state in which you reside. See below for state-specific laws:
South Australia | Victoria | Western Australia | Northern Territory | Queensland | ACT | Tasmania | New South Wales