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Department of Transport and Main Roads – CarModMonday livechat Q&A

Department of Transport and Main Roads online Q&A session

When:  Monday 22nd February

Time:   6:30pm

Live Chat: http://www.qld.gov.au/transport/live-chat/

Below is an email received from Department of Transport and Main Roads .

The Department of Transport and Main Roads will be hosting an online Q&A session this coming Monday 22 Feb for an hour kicking off at 6:30pm.

During this session we’ll have members of our vehicle standards and modifications team on hand to answer questions from the public.

We’ll be promoting the chat Friday on the TMR Facebook page facebook.com/TMRQld and we’d appreciate it if you could share this post and promote the chat with your club members if you think it’s something they’d be interested in.

The chat can also be accessed directly via our website here http://www.qld.gov.au/transport/live-chat/

Participants can submit their questions anonymously if they’d prefer, or if they don’t have any questions, they’re more than welcome to just watch the chat unfold.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Department of Transport and Main Roads

GPO Box 1549 | Brisbane Qld 4001 P: (07) 30667260 W: www.tmr.qld.gov.au

FB: facebook.com/TMRQLD

The Missing Link : D shackles and safety chains

Late last year there were a series of emails regarding D Shackles for Safety Chains. Queensland legislation does not mention the load of shackles but does cover the methods of attaching chains to the trailer, the strength of the chain and the strength of the attaching point on the bow bar. How you attach the chain to the tow bar of the vehicle is the “missing link”.

Please refer to 2015_Bulletin 5-2015_Shackles for Safety Chains

Motor Vehicle Standards Act Reform Media Release.

The attached media release has been issued but the Federal Government and flags proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act. Point two will be of interest to the old car movement as it proposes significant changes to the importation of older cars and the operation of the Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles.

The three main points raised in the release are:

  1. Personal import of new motor vehicles
  2. Improvements to existing schemes for specialist and non-standard vehicles and
  3. Removal of $12,000 special duty on imported used vehicles

Full details are yet to be released. It should be noted that these proposed changes are yet to be put to Parliament but the expected implementation will be sometime in 2018.

Public and Products Liability Cover, Associations Insurance and Personal Accident cover

Each year we receive enquiries from clubs in relation to Public and Products Liability Cover, Associations Insurance (Office Bearers insurance) and Personal Accident cover. We have researched information from complies that provide insurance cover for historic vehicle clubs.

QHMC does not recommend a particular insurance company/policy as the requirements of the individual cubs vary, through we trust this will assist you in your selection

If I can assist you further please do not hesitate to give me a call on 0419 789 151 or, after hours, on 07 3260 6197

Cheers
Christine

Queensland Ethanol Mandate Introduced

You will by now be aware that the Queensland Government has passed legislation that will mandate the use of ethanol in unleaded petrol. This will happen from mid-2016. The figure agreed to is 3 percent, rising to 4 percent in 2017, rather than the 2 percent that was proposed during the consultation discussions. The historic vehicle movement should be very disappointed with this outcome as we were always lead to believe that by providing a 2 percent mandate there would still be unblended ULP available for vehicles that are not ethanol compatible. The mandating of 3 and then 4 percent ethanol is likely to force many retailers to completely remove ULP from their sites in order to achieve the government’s ethanol sales targets, reducing consumer choice. Maintaining consumer choice was a key element to the government’s ethanol mandate proposal.

It is also likely that there could be increases in fuel costs to cover the refurbishment of service stations as retailers seek to increase sales to meet the Government’s targets.

If ULP is unavailable, motorists wishing to avoid ethanol blends because their vehicles can’t operate on them correctly will have little option than to opt for one of the significantly more expensive non-ethanol premium fuels.

The standard advice is that vehicles that were not intended to operate on ethanol blends should not use them due to the potential for fuel system damage and hot fuel handling issues such as vapourisation.

Attached for your information is an RACQ media release on the subject.

National Motoring Heritage Day

National Motoring Heritage Day – Picnic in the Park, Queens Park, Ipswich, Sunday 15th May 2016

Full details on the flyer.

Make this your monthly run – This event is at NO COST to you. Bring your picnic – enjoy a picnic in the park. Display your historic vehicle, have a fun day and “share the passion” with the public.

Demonstrate to the public and government departments, the contribution to communities and charitable organisations.

All vehicles to be in position by 9:30am. Display from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Some attractions of Queens Park are:

  • Japanese themed Nerima Gardens
  • Lions Lookout
  • Queens Park Nursery
  • Ipswich nature Centre – with native animals & rainforest bird aviary
  • Children’s playground featuring Liberty Swing

Planned additional attractions:

  • Awards for vehicle categories
  • Awards for best costume to the era of the vehicles / best display
  • Roving Entertainment
  • Face painters
  • Amberley Brass Band
  • Coffee Van

Relevant Trade Stalls – e.g. Shannons, Department of Transport & Main Roads, Vintage Tyres, etc.

Rego – something we all talk about.

QHMC member clubs may be interested in the following article (part 1, part 2) from the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper relating to rorting of the Victorian CPS log book scheme, information about a petition calling for the Queensland Government to introduce log books for SIVS vehicles and a a Courier Mail article suggesting that the Federal Government will call on States to scrap vehicle registration fees to reduce costs.

Updated Historic Dating & Membership Certificate – overprinting

If you are looking to over-print your club logo on the updated Historic Dating & Membership Certificate, we have produced some instructions below.

  1. Print the Historic Dating & Membership Certificate from the website.
  2. Locate club logo and details you wish to add to the form. Align them on a blank page on the screen to match position and size to fit the document. (It is recommended you have club name, address and phone number across the top and Club logo in the space allocated at top left corner.)
  3. Print a sheet as a test copy to assure the alignment is correct – i.e. the words and logo are correctly positioned on the left hand top of the test print. (Do not overprint the document you down loaded yet as you want to be sure the alignment is 100% by overlaying the test print over the actual document to be sure it is aligned correctly.)
  4.  Save the logo and set-up as a file called “Club logo to SIVS doc”.
  5.  Overprint the document. Once satisfied with result, print another 10 (approximately) so your club has a stock of pre-printed forms.

Stolen car trailer

Attached photos show a trailer stolen from a front yard in Melbourne, in the early hours of Monday night (14th September 2015).  The trailer is characteristic in having several vintage chassis rails incorporated in its construction. Please phone Rob and Glenise on 03 5439 6254 if you have any information on its whereabouts.

Historic Dating & Membership Certificate

The Historic Dating & Membership Certificate as been updated to include recent updates. The Dating Officers declares if  the vehicle has been inspected in person or by photographic and documentary evidence.

As the Historic Dating & Membership Certificate is provided by QHMC for your club use, it is a PDF document ensuring  consistency of the document and format. This makes the task easier for Queensland Transport as this is the recognisable and accepted document.

The Registered Operator/Owner of the vehicle signs a declaration that he/she will remain a member of a historic vehicle club incorporated in Queensland while this vehicle is registered under the Queensland Special Interest Vehicle Scheme (SIV) concession.

The Dating Officer certified they have confirmed or sighted proof of current financial membership.

A minimum of 2 copies are to be issued:

  1. One Historic Dating & Membership Certificate is to be given to the Registered Operator / owner of the vehicle to present to Queensland Transport
  2. Copy of fully completed and signed Historic Dating & Membership Certificate to be retained by the club.

How to overprint club details (Club letterhead) on the Historic Dating & Membership Certificate

  1. Print the Historic Dating & Membership Certificate from the website.
  2. 2. Locate club logo and details you wish to add to the form (i.e. Club letterhead). Align them on a blank page on the screen to match position and size to fit the document. (It is recommended you have club name, address and phone number across the top and Club logo in the space allocated at top left corner.)
  3. Print a sheet (letterhead) as a test copy to assure the alignment is correct – i.e. the words and logo are correctly positioned on the left hand top of the test print.
  4. Save the logo and set-up as a call, calling it something like “Club letterhead for SIVS doc”.
  5. Overprint the document. Once satisfied with the result, print another 10 (approximately) so your club has a stock of pre-printed forms.

Christine Stevens
President

Risk Management

If there is a serious accident – or a death – at events your club organises, Work Cover will become involved and the first thing they ask for and collect is the Secretary’s records, so ensure you and your club has a Risk Management Plan in place. It is a little time consuming initially, though, once the groundwork has been completed it comes down to reviews and updates.

The AHMF has produced a presentation on Risk Management to help Clubs develop a Risk Management Plan.

I urge all clubs to take the time to work through the Risk Management presentation to ensure you, your committee and club members are not leaving themselves exposed.

Christine Stevens
President