Left-hand drive vehicle single trip exemption

Under South Australian legislation, a motor vehicle must be right-hand drive. You may apply for an exemption to this rule in order to drive a left-hand-drive vehicle from and to specified destinations. This applies to left-hand-drive vehicles where it is 30 years or more since 1 January in the year of vehicle manufacture.

This exemption may allow you to:

  • drive your car home after initial purchase
  • drive your car to a business for a quote or conversion to right-hand drive
  • drive your car to present for DIT vehicle inspection.
  • drive your car to a place for mechanical repair.

To apply you will need to ensure that the vehicle is in roadworthy condition and provide:

  • driver's licence details
  • VIN/chassis number of vehicle
  • vehicle make, model, body type, and year of manufacture
  • the date and time of your driving journey
  • the name of the business converting your vehicle to right-hand drive or mechanical repairs
  • the location you will be starting from, the location you will be driving to and the specific route to be taken.

What happens next

All permits must be approved by Vehicle Standards. It can take up to one week from receipt of all the relevant information for your application to be processed.

For assistance

Email - vehiclestandards@sa.gov.au
Phone - 1300 882 248

Page last updated 24 November 2020

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