Portable ramps for motor vehicles

The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for the design, construction, performance and labelling of portable motor vehicle ramps with a nominated capacity of up to and including 1.5 tonnes.

About portable ramps for motor vehicles

The mandatory standard for portable ramps for motor vehicles applies to a device consisting of an incline and a platform onto which a vehicle is driven for the purpose of maintenance (usually by a mechanic) or display, for example at vehicle road shows or car sale yards.

Mandatory standard

Consumer Protection Notice No. 2 of 2010 sets out the requirements for portable ramps for motor vehicles.

The mandatory standard is based on certain sections of the voluntary Australian New Zealand standard AS/NZS 2640:1994 Portable ramps for vehicles. AS/NZS 2640:1994 is available from SAI Global.

You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.

Key requirements

These requirements aim to give suppliers a general idea of what is required by the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.

Design and construction

Materials

Ramps must be free from blow holes, hard spots, shrinkage defects, cracks or other defects which would adversely affect the strength of the material.

Design

The ratio of the base width to the ramp height must not be less than 1.2:1.

Prevention of roll off

Each ramp must be able to stop the vehicle from rolling down its incline.

Prevention of over travel

Each ramp must be able to prevent the vehicle travelling forward off the platform in a direction opposite to the incline.

Finish

Surfaces must be finished in such a manner to prevent injury to the operator or damage to the tyre.

Performance

Structural integrity test

The ramp must not show any sign of a break or fracture, or permanently deform by more than 2% of the ramp height.

Overload test

The ramp must not break or fracture, or permanently deform by more than 5% of the ramp height.

Testing

The mandatory standard specifies testing, such as roll off, longitudinal movement, structural integrity and overload tests, to ensure portable ramps for motor vehicles meet requirements.  Suppliers need to organise this testing through specialist laboratories with the right skills, experience and equipment.

Safety markings

Marking

Each ramp shall carry a permanently attached plate made from durable material and permanently marked with the following information:

  • name and address in Australia or New Zealand of the manufacturer, importer or other supplier of the ramp
  • the nominated capacity of the ramp, stated as 'Safe Working Load….' in kilograms
  • the nominated tyre size, stated as 'Maximum Tyre Diameter….' and 'Maximum Tyre Width….' in millimetres
  • a warning notice in letters not less than 5 mm high on a contrasting background as follows:
    • WARNING: USE ONLY ON HARD LEVEL SURFACES
  • the manufacturing batch identification.

Instructions for assembly

Where assembly is required, instructions need to be provided to enable correct assembly of the ramps.

Instructions for use

Each ramp shall be supplied with clear instructions explaining the safe use of the ramp.  The instructions shall include the following recommendations:

  • ramps should be used on a hard level surface, preferably concrete
  • anchoring instructions, where anchoring is required to prevent the ramps from moving when a vehicle is driven onto them
  • ramps should be used in pairs
  • check that no part of the underbody of the vehicle will foul as the ramps are positioned
  • turn the wheels to a straight ahead position and place the ramps against the tyres in such a way that each ramp is in line with the respective wheel
  • slowly drive the vehicle onto the ramp platform with guidance from a person outside the vehicle
  • apply the parking brake
  • place a chock under at least one of the wheels which is on the ground so that the vehicle cannot accidentally roll off the ramps.