South Australia has been in conflict with the National Code of Practice in relation to Section LS Tyres and Wheels as it currently does not regulate the size of two wheel drive equivalents of four wheel drive vehicles. There is evidence to support that this is causing significant damage to vehicles and is posing a serious safety risk for consumers, as well as adding to costs.
The MTA is calling for two amendments to adjust tyre size to Regulation 54 (5) (a) (ii) of the Road Traffic (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2014 to include four wheel drive and two wheel drive equivalents, and specify Off-Road and Goods Vehicle Wheel Track tolerances.
Following a letter to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) on these long standing issues it is encouraging that the Department has requested a review of the current policy and all associated legislations. This is review is expected to be completed in August this year.The benefit of such a review and any subsequent actions should be improved safety for consumers, lower costs for businesses and harmonisation with Commonwealth regulations.