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INTERESTING INFORMATION

UPDATED 17/12//18

THE INTRODUCTION OF DIGITAL LICENCE IN NEW SOUTH WALES IN 2019

Driving toward a digital licence

In a move towards more convenient services for customers, Roads and Maritime Services and Service NSW are introducing a Digital Driver Licence across NSW in 2019.

The Digital Driver Licence is an electronic version of the NSW Driver Licence, which will be available on smartphones and can be used as proof of age, identity and permission to drive.

It’s already being trialled in Dubbo and in late November 2018, the trial was extended to Sydney’s eastern beaches. The trial will test the convenience and functionality of the Digital Driver Licence and help identify any improvements which need to be made ahead of the statewide roll-out in 2019.

One of the most important aspects of the digital licence is enhanced security features. It will provide increased protection against identify fraud compared to the physical driver licence.

Drivers in eligible postcodes can now download the Service NSW app and link it to their Roads account to access their digital licence as part of the trial.

More information for drivers and tools for licence checkers are available online at www.service.nsw.gov.au/digital-driver-licence.

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From Hugh Spencer

Importing of Cars from USA

I like many people had thought that importing classic cars from the USA was effectively no longer possible due to new Australian Asbestos rule enforcement  issue. Turns out my importing company have a certified agent here in long Beach who happens also to be an Australian who can certify vehicles for asbestos free export and import into Australia. So obviously there is a cost to getting your Packard Chevrolet or Ford declared asbestos free but it can and is being done. 

I am using CFR Rinkens Nigel (This company is very large and deals with exotics etc) for the export of my  Indian motorcyle and Ivan from Bikes abroad who is my Australian agent. 
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Renewal of Membership 

Go to STHARC Membership Renewal Form download the form and complete both sides and Email form and direct deposit receipt to the Registrar & Membership Secretary (registrar@stharc.org) or alternately print form, fill out both sides and give to John Corbett and pay treasurer at the June meeting.
Membership renewal fee of $50 is due no later than July 1st, 2018
Pay by direct deposit to STHARC’s Service One Alliance Bank account
BSB 801009 Acc. 1141200
Reference: (please write your name so we know who paid.)
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP LAPSES SO DOES YOUR REGISTRATION No REGISTRATION = No Third Party Insurance. 
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February 9 2018 RMS CHANGES TO THE POLICY ON LEFT-HAND DRIVE TO RIGHT-HAND DRIVE CONVERSIONS FOR VEHICLES IN THE HISTORIC VEHICLES SCHEME

Following discussions with the CHMC over concerns that historic vehicles that had been converted to RHD may have to be transferred from the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) to the new Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) the Roads and Maritime Service has amended the Historic Vehicle Scheme policy to allow vehicles with a left-hand (LHD) to right-hand drive (RHD) conversion to be registered in the Scheme. An RMS factsheet explains the policy change (download below) and the RMS webpage for Historic Vehicles has been updated to reflect the policy change.

“Vehicles with a left-hand drive to right-hand drive conversion which are currently registered in the Historic Vehicle Scheme may remain in the scheme.” Applications for new HVS registrations should  “produce certification documentation to support the Historic Vehicle Declaration for a vehicle with a left-hand drive to right-hand drive conversion.”   RMS18.706                          

RMS Factsheet – LHD to RHD HVS 9 Feb 2018.pdf
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Article in latest edition of “THE BUSH TELEGRAPH”

An article from another magazine which deals with motor vehicle electrics. It may have some useful information for members. Link to Magazine.

All Bush Telegraph magazines available through the LINKS menu of the STHARC web site.

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Notice from the RMS Effective 18/01/2018

Withdrawal of AIS Notice 35 and AIS Notice 35 FAQ

In December 2017, RMS issued AIS Notice 35 and FAQs. These notices advised we couldn’t accept certificates issued under Engineering Certifications Scheme (ECS) when establishing registration for modified or individually constructed vehicles. In response to feedback from our customers about some of the unintended impacts of this change, RMS is working closely with clubs, motoring enthusiasts and other stakeholders to review this policy. Subsequently AIS Notice 35 and the FAQs have been withdrawn. Owners of vehicles certified under ECS, which are not currently registered, should not take any action to re-certify their vehicles until the review is complete and owners of currently registered modified vehicles should note there are no changes to their ability to renew their vehicle’s registration or to their vehicles registration status. We apologise for any inconvenience and expect to be able to provide customers with greater clarity and certainty on the issue shortly.

Roads and Maritime Services, AIS Online, Friday 19 January 2018.

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The Robert Shannon Foundation (Important information for members below the age of 30).

The Robert Shannon Foundation was established in 2003 to perpetuate the memory of Robert Shannon, founder of Shannons Insurance, who died unexpectedly in March 2000. Robert was an avid classic car enthusiast, who especially enjoyed his 1930 Invicta S Type. He was a strong supporter of the historic motoring movement and was concerned that it was not attracting enough younger people, particularly in the areas of the preservation and restoration of classic vehicles.
Disclaimer
The Robert Shannon Foundation has no connection with the Shannons Insurance organisation. All correspondence related to the Robert Shannon Foundation should be sent to the Robert Shannon Foundation through the relevant State Council  The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage people under the age of 30 to become involved in the restoration and preservation of veteran, vintage, post-vintage, historic 50’s, historic 60’, historic 70’s and historic 80’s vehicles up to 30 years old. Robert Shannon Foundation Webpage
The Foundation may:
–  help with the purchase of specialist tools or equipment
–  assist with the actual cost of restoration work
–  contribute toward TAFE or other fees
–  contribute toward any project considered worthwhile by the Trustees.

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Charlie McCarron was known to some members of STHARC.  He was the owner of the local Holden dealership in Canowindra which was subsequently turned into a motor museum. Charlie passed away on 16 August 2017.  Details are at Canowindra news.com.au.

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No club membership means NO CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION of your vehicle.

Link to membership renewal form to be completed and passed to Registrar. 

STHARC DIRECT DEPOSIT.

SERVICE ONE Alliance Bank

BSB 801 009 Account 1141200

Reference is your name so we know who has made the transfer.

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CVS Club Package  Link to guidelines and documents required on getting your vehicle certified for CVS registration (Modified Vehicles)

Members

As discussed at the 7 March meeting, STHARC has made a decision to participate in the CVS.  Chris asked at the meeting if STHARC would be prepared to host a regional meeting at which interested clubs and vehicle owners associated with CHMC could meet with officials of CHMC for briefings.  There did not seem to be any objection to the idea from those present.  Committee should formalize its response to this at its next meeting.  Chris suggested that if we are to do something it probably needs to happen in April and the sooner the better.

The hard copy of the documentation is held by myself and is available to any committee member who wants to access it.  The documentation attached should be loaded onto our website for members to access.

I am attaching my version of the minutes from tonight’s meeting for consideration and comment.  If there are no obvious issues it is the version I intend to treat as the minutes of the meeting for publication in the next newsletter.

Lawrie Nock

Secretary, STHARC

On Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 0:44, Chris Hillbrick-Boyd <secretarychmc@gmail.com> wrote:

CHMC Affiliated Clubs

Dear Club Secretary,

Attached is the CVS Club Package that provides the guidelines and documents for registering vehicles on the CVS.

CHMC reiterates that CVS is not compulsory and that your club may not wish to participate and do not intend endorsing applications for CVS registration.

As stated by the CHMC President, CHMC is committed primarily to preservation of the HVS, and is participating in CVS primarily for the benefit of those Clubs which have members with vehicles that do not properly fit within the guidelines for HVS.

Also, CHMC is prepared to conduct regional Forums, the first of which is scheduled to be at Inverell on Saturday April 1, 2017.

Should any Club wish to host or co-host such a forum please contact me as soon as possible.

Kindest regards

Chris Hillbrick-Boyd

Secretary, CHMC

Delegate to CACTMC   

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The Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS)

Council of Heritage Motor Clubs (CHMC) approval as a Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) Approved Organisation.

CHMC was notified today by email from the RMS that our application to be an Approved Organisation for the issue of Classic Vehicle Scheme registration to financial members of clubs affiliated with the CHMC was granted by RMS.  Concurrently with the notification, the RMS website was updated to reflect this approval.

 The RMS website to view details is: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/registration/get-nsw-registration/classic-vehicles/index.html Click on Classic Vehicles and go to Classic Vehicles:  Background.

This approval does not mean that all clubs affiliated with CHMC have to take up the CVS.  Rather it is a club by club decision.  CHMC as an Approved Organisation gives those affiliated clubs the opportunity to access CVS if it is their Club’s decision to do so.

The process CHMC will be adopting differs from that published by ACMC and its affiliates, and will initially not involve the management fee charged by that organisation.  CHC is organising the supply to Clubs of the necessary application forms and guidelines for members who wish to participate in CVS.

A further detailed announcement will be provided to all Clubs as soon as this is done, as will arrangements for regional and Clubs visits as proposed in my letter dated 12 December 2016.

Warmest wishes

Ray Ives

President C.H.M.C.

22 February 2017

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Important for Club Members

The Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) introduced the Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) on 19 December 2016, that includes standard and modified vehicles weighing no more than 3.5 GVM.

This new scheme does not replace the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) but is a new scheme that allows modified vehicles to be registered on Conditional Registration with all the benefits that such schemes provide for our club members.  As with the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS), vehicles must be at least 30 years old and the club member must be a financial member of STHARC (which is an approved RMS historic club).

The Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) encompasses modifications to eligible vehicles that are within the ambit of RMS VSI 6.  Any vehicles that do not meet the RMS VSI 6 must have an engineers’ certificate by a certified VSCCS approved member. 

If you believe you have a vehicle eligible for registration under Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS), whether currently on full registration, on Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) or a new registration, do not hesitate to contact the STHARC Registrar to become familiar with the process for Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) registration.

The RMS has notified appropriate Councils and Associations that it expects all approved RMS historic club members who may have vehicles that meet the new Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) to move across to this scheme.   A “period of grace” has been given to members to do this, after which any vehicles found on Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) that are found to be modified will incur fines for both the club member and the club. 

 

Wearing of club membership badges

The membership of STHARC has increased by about one third since 2015.  This means a lot of new faces and names for existing members and for the new members even more new faces and names.  The Committee considered a suggestion from a club member that we should actively encourage members to wear their name badges at club meetings and events.  This simple courtesy will help all of us to associate more easily.  It was decided that the club will purchase some stick on name tags so that members who have forgotten their badges can be easily identified by other members who do not already know them.

Would club members please make a special effort to wear their club badges to future meetings and events. 

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Members. If you missed Jennifer Douglas’s story on the Fergie tractor at Wentworth, (Hazel on Landline) catch up with ABC Open.   Click Here.

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  UPDATE 11th August 2016 from    Council of ACT Motor Clubs Inc.

URGENT Council Communique – August 2016

 Official complaint received from RTA about club members offering their vehicles for hire:

It has been brought to the attention of the Road and Traffic Authority (RTA) in the ACT that car club members are advertising their vehicles for paid hire for school formals and weddings. Most advertising is through social media.

Unless the vehicle is accredited to be used as a hire vehicle and the driver holds a W classification on their driver’s licence it is illegal and an offence under section 75 of the Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Act 1999 for a person to pretend to be accredited to operate a hire car service for reward.

The RTA have advised that inspectors will be actively attending end of year formals to check unlicensed vehicles participating in end of year school formals. Additionally the Authority will be contacting people who place advertisements on social media websites who are not accredited, but advertising their services.

Such behaviour reflects badly on the car club movement and anyone found to be not abiding by the rules and regulations concerning hire vehicles should be ashamed of themselves and their club should take appropriate action to discipline them.

It is not illegal to use a CRS registered vehicle to take friends and relatives to school formals and weddings provided

No fees are to be charged.

Thank you

If unsure of your circumstance please contact STHARC Committee,

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Malcolm Roxburgh

 

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