Ramps for motor vehicles
Portable vehicle ramps can cause serious injury or death if they’re poor quality or inappropriately used. Make sure you use ramps that meet the mandatory safety standard.
About vehicle ramps
A portable vehicle ramp has incline and a platform that supports a vehicle during maintenance or when it’s on display.
Risks and injuries
A vehicle supported by poor quality portable ramps or poorly set up ramps can fall or roll onto a person working underneath, causing serious injury or death.
- Check that the ramps meet the mandatory safety standard.
- Ramps should be used on a hard level surface, preferably concrete, and always used in pairs.
- Anchoring may be required to prevent the ramps from moving when a vehicle is driven onto them.
- Turn the wheels to a straight ahead position and place the ramps against the tyres so 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 and place a chock under at least one of the wheels still on the ground so that the vehicle cannot accidentally roll off the ramps.
7 NOV 2016
The original source of information – www.productsafety.gov.au