From 1 November 2017, South Australian registered heavy vehicles will no longer need to display a registration label.
Registration details, including expiry date and registered configuration are available via the online Check Registration Expiry Date enquiry. Visit sa.gov.au/ezyreg or call 13 10 84 for details.
Heavy vehicles registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) are still required to display a registration label.
More information about not having to display a label on a heavy vehicle can be found on sa.gov.au.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) advises that from 1 January 2017 a Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS) will begin in South Australia that applies when a heavy vehicle changes ownership.
The government is working with industry and road safety groups on the scheme to strike a balance between the safety of all road users and the livelihood of truck drivers and operators.
A truck can currently go through is entire working life without ever being independently inspected. The Deputy State Coroner made 17 recommendations in his findings following the death of a truck driver who was killed when his truck crashed at the bottom of the South Eastern Freeway in January 2014. A heavy vehicle inspection scheme was recommendation 14.
Currently there are around 60,000 load carrying state registered vehicles, of which DPTI annually inspects 4,881. Additionally the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Maintenance Accreditation Scheme has a further 13,549 being accredited, totalling 31% of registered load carrying vehicles in South Australia.
This leaves 69% or 41,425 vehicles not subject to inspection or a structured maintenance accreditation scheme.
Stage one of the inspection scheme requires all vehicles and trailers with a Gross Vehicles Mass (GVM) or Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) over 4.5 tonnes which are three (3) years of age and over from date of manufacture to be inspected and passed as roadworthy before the vehicle can be registered in the new vehicle owner’s name for registration in South Australia.
This includes vehicles in the NHVR Maintenance Accreditation Scheme but excludes buses and special purpose vehicles such as tractors, agricultural and road making equipment.
Inspections must be carried out by an authorised heavy vehicle inspector.
Vehicles within the metropolitan area (Compulsory Third Party Insurance District One) must be inspected at one of four private industry facilities authorised by DPTI to carry out the inspections.
For vehicles that will have a future registration address in a rural or outer metro area (Compulsory Third Party Insurance District Two) inspections are available through DPTI at approved rural location by arrangement or at one of the authorised metropolitan inspection stations.
The South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles will refuse the registration of light vehicles fitted with defective Takata ‘Alpha’ type airbag inflators from 1 November 2018 until they are rectified to ensure the safety of all road users.
Older vehicles are over-represented in fatal vehicle crashes and the average age of a vehicle involved in a fatality crash is increasing.
Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.
Road users are advised the Anzac Highway/Brighton Road/Tapleys Hill Road intersection will be closed to all traffic for resurfacing works on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, 13 – 15 August, between 9pm and 6am. Speed and land restrictions will also be in place between 7pm-9pm prior to the full closure.