On June 6, the South Australian Government Gazette published a notice regarding the exemption for track width increase. This, coupled with the Notice from February on tyre diameter increases, completes our four year lobbying effort to have the State legislation align with VSB 14 National Code of Practice, Section LS Tyres, Rims, Suspension and Steering.
South Australian Tyre Fitters can now, in addition to the previous Gazette Notice (August 2015) and subject to the vehicle category,* do two things:
Fit tyres with up to 50mm increase in diameter to 2WD equivalents of some vehicle categories (this 2WD distinction has been missing from the state legislation since August 2015).
*The categories of vehicle to which this exemption now applies are:
- all four wheel drive vehicles specifically designed for off-road use of the Australian Design Rule Categories MC, NA, NB, Forward Control Passenger Vehicle, Multi Purpose Passenger Car and Other Vehicle
- two wheel drive vehicles of the Australian Design Rule Categories NA, NB1 and Other Vehicle that are have equivalent running gear and chassis to the four wheel drive models of the same categories;
- vehicles of the Australian Design Rule Category NA2;
Note: All wheel drive (AWD) vehicles including those AWD vehicles that may be certified as MC ADR category, (also commonly known as soft roaders) are not included in this category.
- all four wheel drive vehicles of the Australian Design Rule Categories MC & NA having Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) greater than 2.3 tonnes and having a selectable low and high range transmission;
- all four wheel drive vehicles of the Australian Design Rule Categories NB;
- all goods vehicles of the Australian Design Rule Categories NA2 & NB;
- all four wheel drive passenger vehicles manufactured before 1 August 1989 having GVM greater than 2.3 tonnes, and with special features for off-road operation;
- two wheel drive vehicles of the Australian Design Rule Categories NA, NB1 and other vehicles that have equivalent running gear and chassis to the four wheel drive variant of that model vehicle of the same categories.
This Gazette Notice can be viewed in full by clicking here.
These exemptions complete a tireless lobbying effort that has involved many face-to-face meetings with DPTI and relevant Ministers, phone conferences, assistance with drafting of legislation and numerous negotiations. Chair of the Tyre division, Marcus Baldacchino, has been involved every step of the way as well as key MTA staff and members.
You are urged to take steps to familiarise yourself with the legislation as to what wheels and tyres can and cannot be fitted. The MTA is available for any questions through contacting Industry Engagement Specialist, Nathan Groves, by clicking here.