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 1998, amend the Traffic Regulations 1976. They authorise the implementation of changes to the permit regime for over-dimension vehicles and loads, provide for the extension of the on-line computer-based recording of vehicle safety inspections, correct a drafting error, and amend provisions relating to prescribed fees.
Regulation 2 corrects a drafting error relating to the required size of reflectors on cycles.
Regulation 3 is about overdimension vehicles and loads. It revokes regulation 49, and substitutes 2 new regulations. New regulation 49 provides that the Director may, by Gazette notice, issue General Approvals in respect of certain types of overdimension vehicles and loads. A redrafted version of regulation 49, which provides for the grant of written approval for individual over-dimension vehicles and loads, is re-enacted as regulation 49A.
Regulation 4 amends regulation 84, which deals with the issue of warrants of fitness, certificates of fitness, certificates of loading, and permits. The changes are:
•Approved testing authorities no longer have to pay an annual inspection fee, but must instead pay a warrant of fitness monitoring fee (prescribed in Schedule (1A) in respect of every warrant of fitness issued:
•Approved testing authorities must transmit to the Director, by electronic means, the information contained in every warrant of fitness it issues. However, written transmission is possible until 6 July 1999:
•An applicant for a certificate of loading is no longer required to pay a fee (because the fee is now built into the initial vehicle registration fees):
•The authority for payment of a fee for the issue of a duplicate warrant and duplicate certificate of loading is made explicit.
Regulation 5 redrafts regulation 90K(4). It relocates the prescribed fee to Schedule 1A, rather than giving it in the regulation itself.
Regulation 6 amends regulation 90Z(4) by requiring that the information relating to vehicle inspection certificates that is required by the regulation to be transmitted to the Director must be transmitted electronically. However, written transmission is possible until 6 July 1999.
Regulation 7 revokes regulation 137A, which provides that all fees, unless otherwise expressed, are exclusive of goods and services tax.
Regulation 8 substitutes a new Schedule 1A. It contains all the fees prescribed by the Traffic Regulations 1976, and expresses them as inclusive of goods and services tax. The total fee for the issue of a specific approval by the Director for an overdimension vehicle or load is reduced, to $22.50 for the application and $9.00 for issue of the approval. the new fee payable by approved testing authorities on issue of a warrant of fitness is $0.90. The other fees are unchanged.