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Changes to Victorian Club Permit Scheme

Changes to the Victorian Club Permit Scheme commencing 31 January 2015

The Victorian club permit scheme (CPS) is a log book based permit scheme that allows motoring enthusiasts to enjoy limited road use of historic vehicles which comply with relevant standards.

Based on consultation with vehicle clubs, peak bodies and the Victoria Police, VicRoads is introducing changes to the Victorian Club Permit Scheme, commencing 31 January 2015 with the objectives of:

  • Ensuring the Club Permit Scheme continues to align with road safety objectives
  • Introducing clearer and more appropriate vehicle modification guidelines for Victorian Club Permit Scheme vehicles
  • Improving inspection, modification and identification requirements for modified vehicles
  • Ensuring the integrity of the scheme is maintained
  • Continuing to make participation in the Victorian Club Permit Scheme an enjoyable experience for all users.

New requirements commencing 31 January 2015:

  • When signing new club permit applications, club safety officers/scrutineers will be required to complete a Vehicle Eligibility and Standards Declaration form declaring that the vehicle is eligible, safe for use on the road and that it meets the applicable requirements for the category of vehicle for which the club permit is sought.
  • Initial club permit applications (not renewals) for vehicles manufactured after 31 December 1948 will need to be accompanied by a current certificate of roadworthiness.
  • Initial club permit applications (not renewals) will need to be accompanied with a document of proof of ownership or management of the vehicle.
  • For pre-1949 vehicles, clubs will continue to conduct their own safety inspection (which may be a certificate of roadworthiness or a club safety inspection based on VicRoads’ guidelines).
  • New modification guidelines specified in the Guidelines for modifications to vehicles operated under Victoria’s Club Permit apply.
  • If an initial club permit application is submitted for a vehicle that is modified outside of the appropriate modification guidelines, a Vehicle Assessment Signatory Scheme (VASS) approval certificate covering the modifications must be provided with the permit application.
  • An “M” club permit plate will be issued to identify modified vehicles where a VASS certificate has been provided.
  • Clubs are required to maintain dated photographs of vehicles entering the club permit scheme in accordance with the new Club Permit Agreement.

Existing and ongoing requirements to be noted

There are two important existing, ongoing requirements that permit applicants and club safety officers/scrutineers need to be aware of:

  • Motor vehicles manufactured outside of Australia after 31 December 1968 (30 June 1975 in the case of motorcycles) which do not have a previous Australian registration history, must have a VASS approval certificate to demonstrate that the vehicle meets the Australian Design Rules that applied at the time the vehicle was manufactured.
  • Club permit vehicles must comply with the Vehicle Standards, appropriate to the date the vehicle was manufactured, contained in Schedule 2 of the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009.

This is only a summary of the changes to the Victorian Club Permit Scheme. Click Here to visit the VicRoads website for more details.

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