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So fvking the Australian car manufacturing wasn't enough, now they are going to kill the aftermarket industry as well.
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Huh? It was Hockey/Abbott that called the The Aussie manufacturers bluff, but they didn’t blink... didn’t help that the manufacturers mostly kept wheeling out cars that people were buying less and less of every year, but it was a Lib Government that drove the final nail in.

Maybe if they made coal-powered cars they’d have received a lot more support from the Federal government...
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Interesting reading.Have been travelling out west and central Qld last 3 weeks in the WH and towing the Jayco Journey Outback and have seen numerous 4x4 vehicles with probably 2 inch lifts with everything but the kitchen sink on the racks.Plus a couple of slide on campers that were Like sky scrapers.Stability and high cg is a problem with these and overloaded racks.Also I was informed only yesterday that Qld was going to require van owners to have weighbridge certificates for both van and vehicle by 2020.Huge number of overweight units on the road.
Of course the diabolical state of Qld sealed roads would probably negate any Esc !, anyway!
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Previous owner had a 75mm lift on the jeep I picked up. Decided to get some shorter rear springs for my JK and bring it back down to 40-45mm - engineering cert cost was more than new rims and tires combined. Isn't worth the trouble and will just make sure the underside of the jeep is armored up for any extra dragging.

Seems like every fifth pickup I see here has chunky tires and a lift - a good many of those are over the 2" limited by law and doubtful they're certified. Maybe because they're pretty mall crawlers they don't get the business? No judgment, to each their own.

Coming from the US I am just floored by the restrictions here. I get the angle they are coming from - safety for you and others on the road, but 50mm lift/track width/etc is just wild. 50mm isn't even a pinky finger! The Jeep is legal, but doesn't mean I have to be happy about it!
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Interesting reading.Have been travelling out west and central Qld last 3 weeks in the WH and towing the Jayco Journey Outback and have seen numerous 4x4 vehicles with probably 2 inch lifts with everything but the kitchen sink on the racks.Plus a couple of slide on campers that were Like sky scrapers.Stability and high cg is a problem with these and overloaded racks.Also I was informed only yesterday that Qld was going to require van owners to have weighbridge certificates for both van and vehicle by 2020.Huge number of overweight units on the road.
Of course the diabolical state of Qld sealed roads would probably negate any Esc !, anyway!
The inconsistent application of the traffic laws are obvious..What ever is the current whim, is how they are often applied....I see so many rigs on the road, having just done 10,500km on my last outback trip, eg: road trains with 4 trailers and the rear swaying all over the road, vehicles obviously way above the GVM & GCM towing and then there is speed limits...100km/h (legal) on some of the worst dirt & narrow seal rough roads in the country (QLD) and then 80 or 90 on sealed roads capable of safely doing 180km/h (130km/h legal in the NT)..Most modern vehicles are safe at high speed (many drivers may not though)...Once there was campaign to outlaw bullbars (Harold Scrubby aka PCA) & now it is lifts and tyres (bureaucrats) and of course Quadra Lift air suspension can raise the vehicle to 2.6" above normal or about 4" above park so what happens if you are crawling along in OR2 at below the auto lowering speed limit and get pulled up??...FCA say the vehicle is stable at that height and speed. Maybe that Quadra Lift is what you buy now to circumvent the restricted (dubious) legal lift laws..Wonder if the police have all the standard height of the numerous 4WDs on the roads to determine if the vehicle is illegally lifted or is it subjective (guilty first and need to prove otherwise like all traffic infringement)..And then there is of course tyres not the same as the placard eg LT rated instead of P rates as on the placard - size etc..And on the inconsistancies go....And the differences between states..Legal in one and not in another...Is this a country or just a collection of states??..Yes there is a NCOP but states can & do vary to suit their own turf...Don't start me on bicycles and the laws there like legal to cross double lines if passing a bicycle otherwise a traffic infringement … Aren't double line there to say dangerous at anytime to pass??..See what I mean.

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So the VSB's were changed by bureaucrats without notice
Usually politicians go through the whole public consultation (outcry) process
This is really getting up our noses.
Faceless filth hiding behind public service privilege.

Anyway, draft proposals have been released by the TMR.
That's right, after they have already changed the VSB's.
Only now does the TMR begin to follow the democratic process.

The draft quite clearly states vehicles fitted with ESC must continue to comply;

"If you cannot conduct the required ESC and lane change testing,
you must not certify the modification unless you have evidence
from the vehicle manufacturer, which includes the VIN number"
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As for towing & exceeding GVM, GCM & ATM have a read of this thread:

http://www.ausjeepoffroad.com/forum/...5&goto=newpost

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https://www.caravancampingsales.com....n-blitz-58605/

http://rveethereyet.com/police-carav...ella-victoria/

Appears that camper trailers are possibly the biggest offender that

So they are on to this as well but appears advice & warning so far.

I'd think that a grossly overloaded vehicle, van or combination would be more of a safety concern/risk than a lifted 4WD but that's what they are currently giving out infringement/defect notices.

From my travels there are more overloaded vehicle/vans on the roads than big lift 4WDs..Maybe the horse has bolted and there are too many caravanners out there and an all out blitz would severely dent the income of small outback towns who rely on them...Put them off the road and a lot of towns will certainly hurt...Lifted 4WDs probably won't have a similar economic effect but the Gov coffers would benefit just like QLD stands to make something like $540million from speeding fines alone this coming year...Is there a message in this??

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To me its the restriction to factory tyre size that is going to bite most of us.
Shorely a modern 4wd with 33" tyres is safer then a pre ESC with the same size tyres?
If this law stays then I can see older, less safe 4wd's being the choice of the enthusiast and ESC equipped 4wd's loosing resale value bar the factory specials like the Raptor or the 1500 Ram with their factory 33" rubber.
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