In NSW regulations cover modifications to vehicles and the safety standards of these vehicles. The scheme is called the Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme or VSCCS.
Under the VSCCS, modified vehicles and non-standard vehicles may be assessed to check if they comply with legislated vehicle standards. Vehicles that comply with the standards and do not pose a safety risk are issued with a VSCCS compliance certificate. Non-standard vehicles include individually constructed and some imported vehicles.
As a vehicle owner if you are looking at getting your vehicle certified to use on road you will need to find a licensed VSCCS certifier. These are listed on the RMS website at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/registration/authorisedinspectors/vsccs/vsccs/index.html
The Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation says that a person must not use a registrable vehicle on a road or road related area unless the vehicle complies with the applicable vehicle standards (clause 52). These standards are available in the form of information sheets on the RMS website – see link below. A person who modifies a vehicle has an obligation to ensure that it continues to comply with applicable vehicle standards (clause 55).
It is important to comply with these regulations for your safety and other road users, and of course your insurance may be voided if the vehicle does not comply or you have not let your insurer know of the modifications. In the event of an accident this may leave the owner without insurance coverage.
Once you have your compliance certificate you need to go to the RMS with a copy of your compliance certificate to have the registration records of your vehicle updated to reflect the modifications. You will be issued with a new certificate of registration to reflect these changes. Depending on the modification, there may be a refund or a fee payable.
Anyone modifying a vehicle must make sure it complies with legislated vehicle standards.
Under the VSCCS there are no changes to NSW vehicle standards.
Vehicle standards cover many aspects of vehicles including:
Bull bar fitting – shape, size, overhang, spotlight fitting, rod holders, rack holders and antenna fitting.
Raising and lowering vehicles- minimum and maximum standards.
Modifications for drivers with disabilities – include spinner knobs, accelerator, brake modifications, mirrors and controls.
Windscreens and tinting – legal tint allowable.
Alternative wheels and rims on cars.
Carrying bicycles on cars and number plate visibility.
These are a few of the downloadable information sheets on vehicle modification available on the RMS website at:
For more information please visit your local RMS registry or website or your local VSCCS licensed certifier.