Minister directs working group to assess bull bars

21 August 2014

Minister directs NSW Vehicle Standards Working Group to assess bull bar rules

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay has directed the NSW Vehicle Standards Working Group to conduct a detailed examination of rules for bull bars, when they meet tomorrow, Friday 22 August.

“In recent weeks it’s become obvious certain five-post bull bars get entangled in Australian Design Rules for vehicle frontal protection systems. Current rules for the use of bull bars in NSW were enacted by regulation on 1 January 2003,” Minister Gay said.

“I have genuine concerns that people have purchased bull bars in good faith and are now subject to a police compliance campaign.”

“The matter will be raised when the NSW Vehicles Standard Working Group meets tomorrow, 22 August 2014, with the intention of undertaking a detailed examination of bull bar standards and the related 2003 regulation.

“The Working Group comprises of key automotive industry stakeholders including Motor Traders Association NSW, Four Wheel Drive NSW & ACT Inc, Confederation of Australian Motor Sports Ltd, NSW Rally Cars, Australian Street Rod Federation, Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, the Australian Confederation of Motor Clubs, NRMA Motoring and Services, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police, and is chaired by Transport for NSW.

“The working group will also carry out a series of crash tests to investigate the risks of non-complying bull bars.

“I have also directed the NSW Vehicle Standards Working Group to determine a transition period for people who have inadvertently purchased a non-complying bull bar since 2003. This transition period is likely to be several years in duration.

“The Vehicle Standard Working Group will also work closely with NSW Farmers Association and manufacturers to address concerns surrounding the 2003 made bull bar regulation.”

NSW Minister for Fair Trading Mathew Mason-Cox said NSW Fair Trading would work closely with the Minister for Roads and Freight to ensure consumers and business were aware of their respective rights and obligations under the Australian Consumer Law in relation to the purchase, manufacture, distribution and supply of bull bars.

MEDIA: Siobhan McCarthy 0407 791 802

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