Towing Mirrors – What You Need to Know

NSW Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 1998

34 Rear vision mirrors

(1) A rear vision mirror or mirrors must be fitted to a motor vehicle as required by this clause so that a driver of the vehicle can clearly see by reflection the road behind the vehicle and any following or overtaking vehicle.

(2) At least 1 rear vision mirror must be fitted to:

(a) a car, and

(b) a motor trike with 2 front wheels, and

(c) a motor bike, or motor trike with 1 front wheel, built before July 1975.

(3) At least 1 rear vision mirror must be fitted to each side of the motor vehicle:

(a) if the vehicle has a GVM over 3.5 tonnes, or

(b) if the vehicle is a motor bike, or motor trike with 1 front wheel, built after June 1975, or

(c) if the vehicle is constructed for the carriage of goods (not being a station waggon), or

(d) if the vehicle is a bus, or

(e) if the maximum width of any trailer or other vehicle drawn by the vehicle is greater than that of the vehicle, or

(f) if because of the manner in which the vehicle is constructed, equipped or loaded, or because of the fact that the vehicle is drawing a trailer or other vehicle, or for any other reason, the driver cannot, by means of a mirror fixed to the interior of the vehicle, have reflected to him or her as far as practicable a clear view of the road to the rear of the vehicle and of any following or overtaking vehicle.

(4) A motor vehicle with a GVM not over 3.5 tonnes (except a motor vehicle mentioned in subclause (2) or (3)) must be fitted with:

(a) at least 1 rear vision mirror on the right side of the vehicle, and

(b) at least 1 rear vision mirror on the left side of the vehicle or inside the vehicle.

(5) A rear vision mirror fitted to a motor vehicle with a GVM over 3.5 tonnes must not project over 150 millimetres beyond the widest part (excluding lights, signalling devices and reflectors) of the vehicle or combination.

(6) However, the rear vision mirror may project not over 230 millimetres beyond the widest part of the vehicle or combination if it can fold to project not over 150 millimetres beyond the widest part.

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