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Victoria Club permit Scheme to change

(by Guy ‘Guido’ Allen, June 2021)

The Vic state government is about to amend a number of aspects of the Club Permit Scheme. By far the biggest change will be for vehicle eligibility, which shifts from 25 to 30 years. The new regs are expected to come into force on October 3.

Here are the key take-aways:

- Eligibility will shift from 25 to 30 years. The existing 1800 vehicles in that five-year window will be okay as the change is ‘grandfathered’ in. This brings the cut-off date in line with other states.

- Fees to increase, by approx. $14 for 45 days and by $28 for 90 days. This is VicRoads fees only – no mention is made of TAC.

- VicRoads to have broader powers for a “please explain” for clubs and permit-holders that attract attention, e.g. trade vehicles being used as such, or clubs where there seems to be only one person involved. Any club with less than 10 registrations is on the radar.

- There is talk of new penalties for failure to comply with Club Permit rules, such as failure to fill out a logbook. These are not explained, which adds to the sense of sham about this 'consultation'. There was talk of coming up with something a little less harsh than the current situation where you cop the full ‘driving unregistered’ penalty; however, there is no confirmation either way in the Regulatory Impact Statement).

- It’s likely that you will be required to make an appointment for a new permit – this hasn’t generally been the case in the past.

- VicRoads will push to introduce electronic logbooks instead of paper.

The implication of this is it will be in the cloud and will make it easier to check if you’ve ‘signed’ your logbook for the day, i.e. law enforcement can check without actually pulling you up.

The downside for many will be the lack of a physical reminder to sign off for the day. VicRoads acknowledges that users much prefer the paper system.

It also claims this will be an easy system to introduce. Given VicRoads’ existing digital Club Permit System often fails to send renewals, fails to log renewals and fails to send receipts, we find this difficult to believe.

Note: There is a consultation portal with all the documentation, which you can find here.

Just as an aside, VicRoads is also planning to reintroduce compulsory registration for light trailers. The proposed fee is $40 and the trailer will need to pass an initial inspection. Reg for light trailers was dropped years ago on the basis it was more trouble than it was worth. Instead, owners were required to display the tow car registration on the trailer.


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