Is it illegal to drive with a damaged bumper in Queensland?

Written on the 15 February 2023 by BumperTech

Driving with a damaged bumper is something that many drivers in Queensland have had to face at some point. Whether it’s due to an accident or just wear and tear, having a damaged bumper can be both dangerous and illegal.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the laws surrounding driving with a damaged bumper in Queensland, as well as what you should do if you find yourself in this situation. We’ll discuss when it is legal to drive with a damaged bumper, when it isn't, and what consequences you may face for breaking the law. Finally, we'll provide some tips on how best to go about getting your car repaired so that you can stay safe on the road.

Driving laws in Queensland state that a vehicle must be roadworthy and safe to operate on the roads at all times. Car roadworthiness is determined by several criteria. When considering registration, cars must pass a safety certificate or roadworthy inspection. As part of their assessment during this inspection, bumper condition will be analysed to check that it meets the following requirements:

  • bumper must be securely attached,
  • free of corrosion and damage,
  • and not exceeding bumper height regulations as outlined in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Regulation 1995.

Vehicles deemed unsafe for road use are issued an Unregistered Vehicle Permit upon submission of an application form, valid for certain trips only. This will vary on a case-by-case basis and must be reissued after it has expired if further trips are planned to areas outside of Queensland. This highlights how critically important complying with car roadworthiness standards is for all drivers in Queensland.

Driving with a bumper that is clearly damaged in Queensland can lead to significant legal consequences, as this presents a potential hazard to other drivers on the road. In some cases, bumper damage can result in a fine and points being added to your license; if the bumper is severely impacted or non-existent, then further fines may be incurred. Further still, driving without a bumper attached can also be dangerous for both the driver and other vehicles, possibly leading to an accident or worse. In order to avoid the legal ramifications associated with bumper damage, it is critical that drivers ensure that their bumpers are in good condition and fitted securely at all times.

When is it illegal to drive with a damaged bumper?


Driving with a damaged bumper in Queensland is illegal in the following cases: bumper covers that have material damage, bumper must not be missing any parts and bumper must not differ significantly from its original shape. Regulation 239 of the Australian Road Rule book, states that all drivers must ensure that metal parts of their vehicle are kept free from rust and, where necessary, painted or coated to prevent rust. If a bumper does not meet this requirement, then it is considered to be a breach of the Queensland regulations, which can lead to legal penalties if caught by police or other enforcement officers. It is important to drive safely with a bumper in good condition in order to best protect yourself and others on the roads.

When is it legal to drive with a damaged bumper?


In the Queensland area, bumper legislation has determined that small dents or other minor cosmetic damage to bumpers are regarded as permissible, and therefore isn't considered illegal. This includes bumper damage that is caused by normal wear and tear, or minor scrapes or scratches from everyday activities. However, bumper regulations also state that any bumper damage that is deemed as significantly impaired visibility or dangerously impeding the bumper's integrity may be considered cause for failure of a Roadworthy Test and subsequently incur a fine in severer cases. This is an important point to consider as you may also not be insured if you have an accident if it is deemed that your car was not roadworthy prior to the accident. Ultimately, it's best to consult an appropriate governing body such as the Department of Transport and Main Roads in the Queensland area before making an assessment on bumper legality.

Accidents happen, and when they do, you want to make sure your vehicle is looked at by a professional as soon as possible. BumperTech can offer the perfect solution if you have a damaged bumper. With BumperTech specialised services, certified technicians can provide high-quality repairs so that your vehicle looks like new again. BumperTech also understands how important short turnarounds are for your busy life, so we strive to provide fast and efficient repair services right at your home.

It is important for all drivers in Queensland to be aware of the legal requirements that come with driving a car with a damaged bumper. Even minor damage can lead to fines and points being added onto your license, so it's best practice to ensure you keep an eye on the condition of your vehicle’s bumpers at all times. If you find yourself dealing with any form of bumper damage or corrosion, then contact our team at BumperTech who will help you get back safely on the road as quickly as possible. With our expertise and knowledge, we'll make sure your car meets safety standards while also saving time and money - allowing you to enjoy worry-free travels once again!