- Chris’ boat trailer – Came from interstate.
- My boat trailer – The dealer failed to register the trailer at the time of sale.
- Greg’s boat trailer – Imported from the USA.
- Hobie trailer – A farm trailer which had never been registered.
All these trailers were required to have unregistered vehicle inspections (Blue Slips) in order to have them registered in NSW.
Aside from some modifications and changes to make each trailer comply with the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) in NSW, the process was similar.
- Chris’ boat trailer which had records of registration in another state was exempt but the other three trailers were required to be weighed at an authorised weigh station. Simple for the Hobie trailer, but for my boat and Greg’s boat there was a little more to it than that. As both of our trailers were imported from the USA and had never been registered in Australia before, the RTA required us to have our trailers weighed without the boat. It may not seem that difficult but finding an authorised weigh station close to a boat ramp and having somebody on hand to watch your boat while you take it to get weighed was a challenge.
- Once you have a weighbridge ticket or in Chris’ case proof of registration in another state showing the trailer weight, an appointment will be needed at an authorised unregistered vehicle inspection station (AUVIS) to check roadworthiness and compliance with RTA standards. In the case of the Hobie trailer, as it was manufactured post 1988 and has no records of registration, I was required to obtain a Vehicle Identification Number plate (VIN) before the AUVIS could apply for a 17 character VIN and complete the Blue Slip.
- Once the Blue Slip is carried out all the paperwork then needs to be taken to an RTA office where you fill out some more paperwork and pay a fee in exchange for some registration plates and label.
This is the basic process which we encountered to register all four trailers in NSW although this will more than likely differ for other states. Check the Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB1) on the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport website and www.rta.nsw.gov.au for further information regarding registration in NSW.