This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 September 1997, amend the Transport (Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 1994 to provide for exemptions from the requirement for a vehicle to be continuously licensed.
The new regulation 3B provides a blanket exemption for the classes of vehicles listed. Included in the exemption are vehicles such as vintage and veteran cars and tractors and other farm vehicles.
The new regulation 3C allows vehicle owners to apply for a temporary exemption of from 3 to 12 months where they expect that they will not be using their vehicle over that period, whether because they will be going overseas, will be hospitalised, or for any other reason. An exemption can be renewed by the Secretary.
The new regulation 3D provides that an exemption will not excuse a vehicle from being licensed at any time when it is actually being used on a road.
The new regulation 3E provides that for so long as a vehicle is exempt from continuous licensing, it is also exempt from the liability to pay a licence fee. Provision is however made for payment of a proportionate fee where the owner applies for the exemption more than 60 days after the expiry of the latest licence issued in respect of the vehicle.
The new regulation 3F prescribes the circumstances in which the Secretary may revoke an exemption.