Gas fuelled engines
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Are you interested in getting LPG for your vehicle? There are a few things that you need to know to ensure the work is done legally and safely.
Firstly, any installation or repair work in Queensland on gas fuelled engine must be undertaken by a company or person holding a gas work authorisation (motor fuel). A list of current holders (PDF, 103 kB) of these authorisations (those authorised to install LPG in vehicles) will be updated regularly.
Secondly, on completion of the installation, the installer must give you a vehicle/vessel inspection certificate (Approved Form PGR101/102). This certificate certifies that the installation compiles with the relevant legislation and meets all the safety requirements. It is very important that you get this certificate and retain it for your records.
Selling your LPG vehicle
If you sell your vehicle that has a gas fuelled engine you will need to have the gas fuel system inspected and a vehicle/vessel inspection certificate issued. This can be obtained from an authorised automotive LPG gas installer (PDF, 103 kB). You must give a copy of the inspection certificate (valid for 3 months from the date of issue) to the buyer of the vehicle. Owners of commercial vehicles must get their vehicle inspected and certified every 12 months.
A list of authorisation holders who can issue a vehicle/vessel inspection certificate (PDF, 103 kB) for automotive engines will be updated regularly.
Applying for an exemption from obtaining a vehicle/vessel inspection certificate
The process (PDF, 24 kB) for applying for an exemption from the requirement to obtain a vehicle/vessel gas inspection certificate should be followed.
LPG Vehicle Rebate
If you require information on the Australian Government's LPG Vehicle Scheme, contact the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46. You can obtain the application form and other LPG Vehicle Scheme customer documents by visiting the LPG Vehicle Scheme website.
Sidek Safety Relief Valves
Some Sidek brand PRX safety relief valves supplied between September 2001 and August 2005 do not operate correctly and could result in a dangerous situation.
Check your safety relief valve -The valve is located at the side of the tank and may be in a sub-compartment.
If you have one of these Sidek valves or if you cannot identify the valve, have an automotive LPG installer (PDF, 25 kB) or gas cylinder test station (see Yellow Pages) check and replace any Sidek valve as soon as possible.
If you have additional queries email GasSafe Department of Natural Resources and Mines or phone (07) 3008 6921.
Anyone who installs, removes, alters, repairs, services, tests or certifies a gas fuel engine in vehicles, forklifts, vessels (marine) or stationary engine (up to 5 GJ/hour capacity) must have or be working under a gas work authorisation (motor fuel) issued under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004.
Authorisations are designed to allow businesses/organisations to undertake gas work on Type B gas devices. If you work for a company, the company must apply for the authorisation. In this case, the application should be made by the Chief Executive or a senior person in the organisation who will be responsible for the work being undertaken.
Sole traders can also apply for a gas work authorisation.
LPG gas fuelled engine installations/conversions must be undertaken in a workshop that complies with the workshop area and equipment requirements of AS2746:1999 'Working areas for gas fuelled vehicles'.
Checklists have been developed to enable applicants and holders of a gas work authorisation (motor fuel) to understand the requirements of obtaining an authorisation and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, and AS2746:1999 'Working areas for gas fuelled vehicles' with regard to workshop areas and equipment. Three checklists are included within the Gas Work Authorisation (Motor Fuel) application form and relate to full workshop compliance, requirements for a mobile unit, and requirements if the applicant wishes to undertake gas certification work only. Please note that before a gas work authorisation (motor fuel) is granted the workshop and equipment will be inspected by a Petroleum and Gas Inspector to ensure they meet the requirements.
Where the authorisation has a fixed workshop with one mobile unit, one analyser is permitted subject to it being available for the relevant gas work undertaken at either a fixed or mobile workshop. This option is available only for small businesses with up to 3 competent gas installer staff only. The requirements are set out in the Petroleum and Gas Small Automotive Workshops Compliance Policy.
Applying for an Authorisation
If you want to apply for a Gas Work Authorisation (Motor Fuel) you will need to fill out a Gas Work Authorisation (Motor Fuel) Application Form (PDF, 116 kB).
Guidelines for Motor Fuel authorisations (PDF, 109 kB) are available to assist applicants to understand the requirements for making and working under an authorisation. People working under an authorisation must be trained and competent to undertake the tasks they are doing. Typically these are motor mechanics with specialist LPG or CNG competencies as detailed in the guidelines. Records of this training must be provided with the application. Formal training is available from certain TAFE colleges and private providers such as Automotive Gas Training Pty Ltd.
Those applying for stationary engines or vessels (marine) must provide evidence of additional competencies listed in the guideline.
When an installation, repair or inspection is made a vehicle/vessel inspection certificate (Approved Form PGR101/102) must be issued. Authorised installers can purchase these forms from the Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate regional offices (see more information below).
For administrative enquiries on obtaining gas work authorisations contact our licensing staff in your region:
- Southern region (07) 3238 3725
- Central region (07) 4938 4683
- Northern region (07) 4760 7402
Last updated 12 July 2013