I am trying to find informations on whether my caravan needs to comply with all the standards in the VSB1? I have called vicroads twice and one guy said yes, and one guy said no. I don’t want to rock up to register and get turned away.
Basically, the van was manufactured in 1963, when there were no ADRs or VSB1. It has been registered before, last time in 2008.
Specifically wondering about side and front clearance lights before I go putting more holes in the van?
Post by starburst on Sept 21, 2020 10:24:44 GMT 10
Hi Chris, short answer is NO the VSB1 regs don't apply to vintage vans in Vic!!! But don't expect to get a uniform level of scrutiny from the various VicRoads rego offices throughout the state.
In a nutshell VicRoads do not.... Require a RWC Require gas compliancy certificate Require electrical compliancy certificate Require a VIN (if make & model & chassis number are evident) Require load rated chains Require an internal inspection
VicRoads mostly (but not always) do check for.... Effective lights Effective hitch Effective chains Effective tyres Weight docket Proof of ownership Measure length
Yes, technically you should fit side clearance lights - but chances are you may get through without them.
Last Edit: Sept 21, 2020 10:29:52 GMT 10 by starburst
When we got ours registered in Victoria a few years ago, they checked the lights, measured the length and checked the VIN. When I booked it in for reg, they asked me the VIN and when they checked it online it came up with two prior registrations for that number. On that basis they issued me a new 14 digit VIN which I had stamped on the drawbar before I took it in. I had front and rear clearance lights and also reflectors as per the current specs.
Last Edit: Sept 21, 2020 15:51:10 GMT 10 by nickd15
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 21, 2020 19:48:44 GMT 10
Just to add to what Starburst and Nickd15 have told you, have a look at this thread that talks about the application - or actually non-application - of VSB1 and other current requirements to caravans built before July 1990 in Victoria and NSW. (Other states are similar I believe.)
Be sure to read the thread through to the end - it’s not long but hopefully you will find it helpful.
Also be prepared to stand your ground with the VicRoads officials. Not all of them are aware of the concessions that relate to pre-1990 vans.
Last Edit: Sept 21, 2020 19:50:20 GMT 10 by Don Ricardo
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 24, 2020 20:12:08 GMT 10
You’re too kind!
For future reference, the thread on the exemptions for pre-1990 caravans from VSB1, etc, is indexed in two places. The first place is in the ‘Technical Reference Library‘ section here. It’s the first thread listed for the section.
The second place the thread is indexed is in the ‘Down History Lane Index’ here, where you’ll find it immediately under (ie the line below) the entry for ‘Caravan Regulations’.
Makes it easy to find, because it’s often helpful to point people to.