Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has announced the positive outcome of his five-year campaign to introduce clearer guidelines around bull bars, and provide motorists with greater peace of mind and permanent certainty in NSW.
Mr Marshall said he initiated the campaign in 2014 after a strict compliance campaign targeting owners of vehicles fitted with five-post bull bars highlighted the difficulties encountered in the interpretation of the Australian Design Rules relating to bull bar construction.
A temporary Ministerial Order was put in place in late 2014 to protect motorists with non-compliant bull bars from being fined and prosecuted while the NSW Vehicle Standards Working Group finalised their report.
The order was made permanent on 16 September this year.
"This is a great outcome for country people, and a huge victory for common sense," Mr Marshall said.
- Council's rescue plan for heritage trees in Central Park
- We have called for dams for a long time: Barnaby Joyce
- Lions Club of Woolgoolga roars for drought-affected Guyra
- Armidale finalists announced for the New England North West Business Awards
- When refugees arrive, Matt is one of the first people they meet
"While it took about five years," Mr Marshall said, "it does deliver certainty and a set of clear and consistent guidelines to motorists and industry stakeholders to help ensure any bull bar that they purchase, sell, install, or manufacture for sale is permitted under NSW regulations.
"Bull bars, especially strong five-post bars, are essential for many people living in rural areas, protecting vehicles and, more importantly, protecting people's lives on our country roads with huge numbers of kangaroos and other animals around."
Mr Marshall said a permanent exemption would allow the continuation of a 'degree of tolerance' from the Australian Design Rules for vehicle frontal protection systems, which were enacted by regulation on January 1, 2003.
"The tolerances in the exemption have been working well during the past five years under the Ministerial Order, and I am very pleased to see this is now in place for good.
"This means that those people with a properly manufactured and fitted five-post bull bar need not worry about being targeted by police, or fined."
"These arrangements were made permanent through an amendment to the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017."
The technical specifications will also ensure vehicles meet applicable standards affected by the bull bar, such as ground clearance, width, obscured lights and number plates, and the driver's view of the road.
Details of the requirements for bull bars can be viewed at: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/vehiclesafety/bull-bars.html