PRESS RELEASE FROM S.A.T.A.C.
15 October 2007
SA TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
(A Division of the Australian Street Rod Federation)
PRESS RELEASE: INAPPROPRIATE USE OF PERMITS
On a recent cruise a street rod was pulled over by a traffic policeman and was questioned as to why it was on a permit. In the Policeman’s opinion it should not have been on the road as it did not comply with the Road Traffic Act. The policeman in this instance was justified in his stance. The driver signs off that it does meet the Act and Regulations, and the requirement is emphasized on the form. There is NO excuse.
It is not the first time a defect has been issued to a permit carrying vehicle, but on this occasion there has been a targeted follow up. The riot act was read to the TAC by the Department of Transport, Energy & Infrastructure following elevation within Government departments over the ensuring week of this specific defect
The expectation by Government is that any Street Rodder (or any driver of any vehicle for that) that signs up to a permit does it on the understanding that it complies with the Road Traffic Act. I have seen enough vehicles (and not just street rods) on permits to know that legality is sometimes given little consideration at the time the permit is attained. We have been able to turn a blind eye and say it is the individuals problem. Not any more.
The threat if enthusiasts do not exercise more due diligence extends to individuals AND EVENTS being more heavily scrutinized. The behavior of the fortunately very few who disregard what they are signing must stop NOW!.
A secondary issue is that if a vehicle is in an accident and it is deemed that it DOES NOT meet the conditions in the Road Traffic Act the owner/ driver could find any insurance cover - third party or vehicle - questioned.
We have been warned. If your car is not legal, do NOT drive it. If your mate insists, let him know that the consequence could be targeted all encompassing checks that will have an impact on everyone. That is the message we have been served. I would like to hope the ball is in our court at this point in time.
For street rodders contact your Technical Advisory Committee representative to ensure you have undertaken the pre registration check for piece of mind in the first instance. We are now operating to the National Guidelines for the Construction of a Street Rod so there are some additional benefits that could make an easier path to full Registration.
I am merely the messenger. THE RESPONSIBILITY STILL LIES WITH THE INDIVIDUAL.
Please debrief fully to your club