Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 4, 2018 16:58:18 GMT 10
In his 1967 Caravan & Touring Manual, which was published in late 1966, Keith Winser reported that Victoria was about to introduce the compulsory registration of caravans:
(Source: K Winser,Caravan Manual & Tourist Park Guide, 19th edition, 1967, page 5)
Mandatory registration for caravans (and trailers) became law in May 1967. Prior to that point, unless they were used 'in the course of business or trade', caravans in Victoria did not need to be separately registered, but had to display the registration number of the tow vehicle. My memory from the time is that there was a lead up period of at least a few months during which caravan owners could arrange to get their vans registered.
The number plate series for Victorian caravans and trailers being registered at that time was in the format 'Gxx-xxx'. That series was introduced in 1963, prior to registration becoming compulsory for all vans and trailers, and may already have been being used for trailers used in the course of business or trade.
The 1968 Winser Caravan & Touring Manual (published in late 1967) opined that "This year Victorians had to register their trailers for the first time, and we hope the extra revenue thereby obtained will be used for their benefit, as we have been promised" (page 10).
Interesting to see that in 1967 the cost of registration was $3.00 plus 40c per extra cwt (hundredweight) over the first 7 cwt. On that basis the registration cost for our van would have been $7.40. The flat fee for caravan registration in Victoria now (2018) is $59.00, so approximately 8 times the cost 50 years ago, but still a lot cheaper than in other states.
Hey DonR. You do realise that Vicroads keep track of these sorts of comments about registration costs, especially when the fees haven't kept up with inflation!! Wouldn't surprise me if you will see a fee rise coming up, just so that Vicroads can play "catch-up"!!!!!
I presume that box trailers still don't need rego and need only display the tow car number plates?
In Victoria 6x4 can get an exempt trailer plate or put your car reg on back so no annual fee for Reno cheers chris
Restoring 1934 jennison roadcruiser 10 ft restored 1963 Jennison pathfinder 30 ft 1961 jennison pathfinder 17.6ft restored 1957 jennison pathfinder 14 ft 1964 jennison pathfinder 16 ft And 55 fj special sedan Portarlington vic
Inspector Salmon, in charge of the Traffic Police, has this today to caravanners: —
No trailers may exceed. 8ft. in width, and if more than 6ft 6in must carry side lights attached to the front of the vehicle;
A red light, visible for at least 200 yards, must be shown at the rear of the caravan when travelling at night;
A rear-vislon mirror must be attached on the outside of the car drawing the caravan, so that traffic approaching from behind may be seen;
The registered number of a car drawing a caravan must also be displayed on the back of the caravan. The plate on the car may be transferred, but a duplicate number sign will be more suitable.
Car brakes should be in first-class condition and tested immediately before the outing. Couplings also should be examined.
Always drive as near the left-hand side as possible, especially when rounding corners, because of the greater width of the caravan compared with that of the car.
Speed should not exceed 30 m.p.h. In emergencies, drivers of even the most up-to-date cars may experience difficulty in avoiding an accident because of the extra width and unwieldiness of the caravan.
When parked by the roadside the vehicles should be off the road itself. At night, lights indicating their position should be shown fore and aft. If only the rules were as simple now, eh? And don't forget all you hoons...don't exceed 30 mph (50 kmh)!!