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Advisory notices from Government

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April 2017: The Dickson Motor Vehicle Inspection Station will close from 4pm on Friday 12th May and will not reopen.

The new Hume Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (Hume MVIS), located at 29 Couranga Crescent Hume, will be open for vehicle inspections from 8am on Monday 22nd May.

A separate inspection bay/lane has been established for vehicle modifications inspections (incl ICVs) and AES/AE Audits.

Inspection bookings will continue to be maintained on the RegoACT/ Access Canberra Contact Centre booking system.

Important points to note:

  • No vehicle inspection services will be available between 12th and 22nd May.
  • Hume MVIS will not have shopfront facilities, only vehicle inspections.
  • Only electronic payments (EFTPOS) – for vehicle inspections – will be accepted at Hume.

To enter the Hume MVIS inspection area you MUST:

  • Sign and undergo the Work Health Safety (WHS) Awareness Induction or remain in the customer waiting room
  • Wear a HiViz vest and be accompanied by a staff member.

Should you require assistance or information, please contact the Vehicle Inspection and Technical Unit (VITU) on 6207-7236, via Canberra Connect on 13-22-81 or via email;

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ACT Registration Check

The ACT RTA has a facility to enable checking of the registration details of vehicles registered in the ACT. The site is:  

For CRS registered plates, it is no longer necessary to prefix the plate number with VET, VIN or HIS. Just enter the detail displayed on the plate, then click ‘next’ to search and display the basic registration details. For privacy reasons, ownership details are not available.

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ACT Events Policy – Discussion Paper

“The ACT Government is committed to building and nurturing Canberra’s events calendar through event delivery, event funding, event attraction and ongoing event development.

This discussion paper seeks to underpin the development of an ACT Events Policy – a policy that will serve as a blueprint for enhancing Canberra’s events calendar and for maximising the associated economic, social and cultural benefits for the Canberra region.

The paper specifically seeks community views on a set of guiding principles for an ACT Events Policy, along with proposed supporting actions designed to help realise the full potential of Canberra’s events sector. This includes events managed and delivered by the ACT Government, along with those events operated or owned by community groups, commercial event organisers and associations, but does not include business meetings or conventions.”

Council provided comment on the Discussion Paper during the submission period, but no response has yet been received.

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August 2017: RTA warning regarding vehicles for hire

It has been brought to the attention of the Road and Traffic Authority (RTA) in the ACT that car club members are advertising their vehicles for paid hire for school formals and weddings. Most advertising is through social media.

Unless the vehicle is accredited to be used as a hire vehicle and the driver holds a W classification on their driver’s licence it is illegal and an offence under section 75 of the Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Act 1999 for a person to operate a hire car service for reward.

The RTA have advised that inspectors will be actively attending end of year formals to check unlicensed vehicles participating in end of year school formals. Additionally the Authority will be contacting people who place advertisements for non-accredited services.

It is not illegal to use a CRS registered vehicle for a formal occasion providing no fees are charged.

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Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (HVIM)

ACT Road Transport Authority (RTA) is pleased to announce we have adopted the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (HVIM)

The ACT and Tasmania joined South Australia this week in adopting the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual Version 2.  The HVIM version 2 will be used for vehicle inspections both at the Dickson Motor Registry inspections and assisting on-road compliance and enforcement of heavy vehicles.

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NSW Classic Vehicle Log Book trial:

Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services have developed a Classic Vehicle Log Book trial. The log book trial will allow classic vehicles (30 years of age or older) to be used for 60 days of general use (ie maintenance and personal use) each year, outside of club organised events. Each day’s use must be recorded in a log book issued at a registry or service centre. The log book trial will operate for two years, commencing on October 1 2015. To be eligible, vehicles need to be registered in NSW, not ACT.

Members of Council affiliated clubs, owning historic vehicles registered in NSW, may be interested in participating in the trial. Further information about the scheme is available from:

Delegates to Council are requested to provide feedback on the numbers of club members who intend to participate.

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Department of Transport WA

Council has received the following advice from the Department of Transport WA :-

“Compliance and Enforcement legislation commenced on 27 April 2015, which now provides recognition for a valid interstate vehicle permit, authorising the use of a vehicle on roads in Western Australia (WA), provided the holder is not ordinarily a resident in WA.
This includes any type of permit issued by an interstate authority, such as temporary movement permits, unregistered vehicle permits, over mass/over dimension permits, club permits issued to vintage and veteran vehicles, rally permits and short term permits.

For details refer to the Department of Transport (DoT) website, or by calling 13 11 56 or by attending a DVS centre, DoT regional office or DVS agent.

Section 4 (5) of the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012
Part 2 — Licensing of vehicles
4. Vehicle licences
(5)  A person does not commit an offence under subsection (2) arising out of the use of a vehicle while its use on a road is authorised under the law of another jurisdiction unless a responsible person for the vehicle is ordinarily resident within this State.”

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