18th Sep 2014 by Admin
Bull-bars that fail to meet safety standards have been given a grace period by the New South Wales Government.
This follows a blitz by police in the state’s north and north-west targeting drivers with non-compliant bull bars, particularly the ’five-post’ variety (which have been illegal since 2003).
However, following an outcry by rural drivers, Roads Minster Duncan Gay has announced a grace period while a clearer set of guidelines covering items such as fishing-rod holders, aerial mounting points and driving-light brackets are developed.
The issue is the risk to pedestrians caused by the illegal armour and the compromising of the vehicle’s safety systems.
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay has directed the NSW Vehicle Standards Working Group to conduct a detailed examination of rules for bull bars.
“In recent weeks it’s become obvious certain five-post bull bars get entangled in Australian Design Rules for vehicle frontal protection systems. Current rules for the use of bull bars in NSW were enacted by regulation on 1 January 2003,” Minister Gay said.
“I have genuine concerns that people have purchased bull bars in good faith and are now subject to a police compliance campaign.”
“The Working Group comprises of key automotive industry stakeholders including Motor Traders Association NSW, Four Wheel Drive NSW & ACT Inc, Confederation of Australian Motor Sports Ltd, NSW Rally Cars, Australian Street Rod Federation, Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, the Australian Confederation of Motor Clubs, NRMA Motoring and Services, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police, and is chaired by Transport for NSW.
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