Australian Transport Ministers Agree To Changes For New 4wd Vehicles

The Hon Carl Scully MP - MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday 8 August 2002
The Australian Transport Council today reached in principle agreement to investigate a range of changes affecting new four wheel drive vehicles.

The NSW Minister for Roads, Mr Carl Scully, said the agreement would ensure a coordinated, Australia-wide approach to making the vehicles safer.

"The Council gave in principle agreement to the Australian Design Rules being altered to mandate the fitting of reverse alarms and back mirrors on new large four wheel drive vehicles," Mr Scully said.

"New South Wales agreed to take the lead on this issue and report back to the Australian Transport Council.

"ATC noted that a national standard for bull bars was close to being finalized and expressed a view that the standard should be progressed as soon as possible.

"The size and shape of a bull bar attached to a large four wheel drive can significantly affect the severity of a collision with another vehicle or pedestrian," Mr Scully said.

"Improved design will help address these issues while still affording rural four wheel drivers protection.

"The Council also agreed that research will be commissioned by NSW into the road safety issues associated with novice drivers in large four wheel drive vehicles.

"The size and weight of large four wheel drives can make them harder to handle for novice drivers. More research is needed to determine if additional training is required for novice drivers of larger four wheel drive vehicles," Mr Scully said.

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