Diamonds are a car’s best friend
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.