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New Vic club permit regs revealed

(September 14, 2021)

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As we revealed recently, Victoria has decided to retain its 25-year cut-off for Club Permit vehicles, rather than go to the proposed 30 years. However last week's announcement was short on detail.

The Department of Transport has since released more information.

The following changes to the Club Permit Scheme will be implemented:

The introduction of specific offences relating to range of items such as general maintenance conditions, failure to completing logbook entries and failing to provide a vehicle for inspection.

Inclusion of a definition about replica vehicles seeking to preserve the integrity of the Club Permit Scheme and provide stakeholders greater clarity as to which vehicles are eligible.

Outlining the items required when applying for a permit. This will provide greater clarity for stakeholders, align the scheme with other registration processes, and increase efficiency when processing applications.

The following changes to the Club Permit Scheme were considered as part of the public consultation and community feedback. However, they were not included as proposed reforms, nor contained within the draft regulations and are not being implemented:

The pro-rata of Club Permit Scheme fees in line with standard light vehicle registration fees;

Introduction of an eLog Book for Club Permit vehicles;

The availability of customised plates for Club Permit vehicles.

Appointments with VicRoads will not be required to obtain a Club Permit.

The new Regulations introduce a specific offence with penalties more proportionate to non-compliance with logbook requirements: 

New penalty - Logbook non-compliance
Infringement fine of $363 (2 penalty units)
Max court fine of $1817 (10 penalty units)

Previous penalty – Driving an unregistered vehicle 
Infringement fine of $908 (5 penalty units)
Max court fine of $4543 (25 penalty units for the first offence)

The new logbook obligations require Club Permit holders to ensure that:
The Club Permit is affixed inside the club logbook.

Each day the Club Permit vehicle is driven outside the vehicle's local zone, the next available entry in the club logbook is completed before beginning your journey .

If the journey begins before midnight and continues into the next day, an entry is made in the logbook for both days .

A complete or partially complete entry in a club logbook is made, which relates to a future day if a second 45-day club permit is issued and affixed inside the club logbook.

If all available entries in a club logbook are complete, or the Club Permit has expired or is cancelled, the vehicle is not driven outside the vehicle's local zone until you have a new Club Permit.

Club Permit holders are responsible for ensuring the driver of a vehicle operated under the Club Permit complies with these obligations.

The proposal that vehicles older than 15 years be recorded in the Written-off Vehicle Register will not be implemented under the new regulations.

(Ed's note: The written-off register proposal is likely to be revisited, once some ground rules have been established on what is required for repairs of classic vehicles.)

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