D-shackle social media hoax busted

A SOCIAL media rumour that went viral has sparked panic among some trailer owners on the Fraser Coast.

The post, which Facebook users say has been circulating for months, erroneously claims the D-shackles used on trailers are now illegal.

"All D-shackles now have to have a load rating pin and design ... cops in Gympie have been pulling over everyone towing a boat or box trailer and issuing a $235 on the spot fine, no questions asked," the post reads, warning people not to get caught out.

A spokeswoman from Queensland Police said Gympie police had confirmed there was no blitz and no infringements had been issued for the matter in the region.

"If they allegedly received one, contact Gympie Road Policing unit on 5480 1111," she said.

Last week, the Bundaberg Road Policing Unit posted on the MyPolice blog, advising no rules had changed in relation to towing shackles.

"Additionally no related infringements have been issued. This is an incorrect rumour currently being circulated via social media," the statement said.

In its Safe Towing Guide, The Department of Transport and Main Roads recommends that shackles used should meet Australian Standard AS 2741-2002 "Shackles" or another equivalent recognised standard.

It should have a break load limit of the shackle, rated at least 1.5 times greater than the aggregate trailer mass of the trailer.

What a shackle needs to show

  • The manufacturer's name or trademark
  • Quality grade of the shackle, e.g. "M" or "4", "S" or "6"
  • Working load limitor rating
  • Identification marking in order to correlate shackle to test certificate

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