AN INCREASING NUMBER of bus and coach applications to have rear-wheel modifications approved has warranted their inclusion in industry feedback on a draft code to allow more Approved Vehicle Examiners (AVEs) to do so, according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
As announced recently, the NHVR has opened consultation on a new modification code to fit non-standard rearwheel components on heavy vehicles.
NHVR Vehicle Safety and Performance manager Peter Austin said the new code (D3) would allow certification of some common modifications to heavy vehicle rear tyres and rims by Approved Vehicle Examiners (AVEs) rather than requiring approval from the NHVR.
Speaking to ABC magazine, Peter Austin, NHVR Vehicle Safety and Performance manager, said: “While most rear-wheel modifications are made to trucks, we are seeing a growing number of rear-wheel modifications to buses, particularly those carrying tourists in an off-road or beach environment.»
The draft D3 modification code and required AVE qualification recommendation will be open for feedback until August 25. Feedback can be provided by completing the forms on www.nhvr.gov.au/vsb6 and submitting it to VSB6SIWG@nhvr.gov.au