Di­a­monds are a car’s best friend

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MO­TORISTS in­tend­ing to visit Mt Hotham this sea­son must carry di­a­mond pat­tern tyre chains or they will not be per­mit­ted to travel along the Great Alpine Road to Mt Hotham.

The Mt Hotham Re­sort Man­age­ment Board (MHRMB) brought in the re­quire­ment for the win­ter sea­sons two years ago for quicker ac­cess and safety rea­sons, and lad­der chains, spi­der chains and snow socks are no longer ap­proved.

The MHRMB worked with VicRoads and Vic­to­ria Po­lice to bring in the re­quire­ment to carry di­a­mond pat­tern tyre chains af­ter a dif­fi­cult 2012 sea­son on alpine roads.

MHRMB CEO Jon Hutchins said the de­ci­sion had been a game changer and has led to a mas­sive de­crease in ac­ci­dents on the Great Alpine Road.

“In the first year, there was a 60 per cent de­crease in se­ri­ous ve­hi­cle in­ci­dents, from 34 se­ri­ous in­ci­dents in 2012 to 14 in 2013,” he said.

“This de­creased to just 11 in­ci­dents last year.

“Trav­el­ling to Mt Hotham along the Great Alpine Road is a spec­tac­u­lar driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, with mag­nif­i­cent views.

“We have the high­est sealed road in Australia, and some of the high­est snow­falls.

“To en­joy it, trav­ellers need to pre­pare their ve­hi­cles ad­e­quately.

“That’s why the cor­rect di­a­mond pat­tern snow chains and good tyres are es­sen­tial.”

The re­sort is call­ing on all ski shops and tyre chain sup­pli­ers to only sup­ply and fit ap­pro­pri­ate di­a­mond pat­tern chains to cus­tomers trav­el­ling to Mt Hotham this win­ter.

“For safety, we are urg­ing ski shops and snow chain sup­pli­ers to only sup­ply and fit ap­pro­pri­ate di­a­mond pat­tern chains to their cus­tomers’ ve­hi­cles,” Mr Hutchins said.

“If you sup­ply lad­der chains, spi­der chains or snow socks to your cus­tomers, they will not be per­mit­ted to travel along the Great Alpine Road to Mt Hotham Re­sort.”

Snow has al­ready fallen sev­eral times this year, and it looks like a bumper sea­son for Vic­to­ria’s alpine re­sorts.

“We can’t wait for the sea­son to begin – hope­fully it is our safest and busiest yet,” Mr Hutchins said.

For in­for­ma­tion on where to buy or hire th­ese chains, please visit www.mthotham. com.au.

SAFETY FIRST: Di­a­mond pat­tern chains are a must for mo­torists trav­el­ling to Mt Hotham in 2015.

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