Queensland motorists share irritations in differing state legislation for no other reason than cross-border bureaucrats who do not have the sense to find common ground on these matters.
Should One Nation share the balance-of-power following this year’s Queensland state election, our party commits to the following:
- Acknowledge disparity in vehicle modification standards and processes across all state and territory jurisdictions;
- Position the National Code of Practice (NCOP) and Queensland Code of Practice (QCOP) as reference guides for un-certified un-engineered vehicle modifications;
- Introduce an engineering and certification program where Australian and Queensland Chartered Professional Engineers (CPE) are empowered, responsible, and able to freely undertake vehicle modifications based on sound Australian Standards and engineering principles (similar to schemes in NSW and SA), using the Australian Design Rules (ADRs);
- Allow all Second Stage Manufacturing (SSM) modifications approved under federal ADRs to be automatically approved and accepted under state modification standards for current in-service vehicles (same modifications for same vehicles);
- Recognise interstate modifications for registration transfers, or currently registered Queensland vehicles, where the modifications are undertaken by a CPE from interstate, and an appropriate engineering report is provided;
- Commit to regular reviews of restrictive regulations, standards, and red tape, where clear modification and certification details are already provided within the Australian Design Rules, equivalent international standards, or where there is lack of evidence to prove modifications are unsafe;
- Establish a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) from the motoring community and industry groups, to review, advise and approve requirements for the department of transport enactment;
- Coordinate a meeting between the Transport Minister and Queensland motoring community with the focus to review and overhaul the special interest vehicle concession scheme and the restrictions placed vehicle usage;
- Work with motoring community and industry groups to generate education programs to cover safe modifications and driving in non-standard conditions, such as beach driving, towing caravans, undertaking vehicle recoveries;
- Work with One Nation Federal Senators helping to advocate the commitments that were made in the 2019 Federal election on behalf of four-wheel-drive owners and motor vehicle enthusiasts.
- Engage other Council of Australian Governments (COAG) representatives and seek to harmonise vehicle standards and regulations where possible, through the Australian Motor Vehicle Certification Board (AMVCB);
- Agree to transfer the responsibility of vehicle modifications regulations and standards to the Commonwealth (or a national regulator), on the condition that:
- Moving to a Federal model does not negatively reduce, restrict, or prohibit those provided by the state, and committed above; and
- It is agreed by the Queensland community and industry representatives.