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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

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