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NHVR release user-friendly bus chart

Recently the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator released a chart that simplified the variations of buses that are approved to operate under Australia’s Heavy Vehicle National Laws.

Roger Garcia, Access Manager for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, stated that the Variations of Buses Chart was there to assist operators to match their vehicles against the access requirements in different states under the Heavy Vehicle National Laws.

This new chart has been designed to illustrate some common examples of *General Access* along with Class 2 and Class3 notices as defined under the law. Of course, the bus industry, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, bus spare parts manufacturers and state jurisdictions will continue to work towards consistent access requirements, there are variations between the different states and all operators should be aware of this.

An example of this is the difference in rear overhang under a Class 3 notice, depending on whether you are operating in New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland there is a variation in length of between 4.3 to 4.9 meters. The newly released chart will look at all aspects including maximum length, maximum width, maximum weight and also other network and access conditions.

The new Variations of Buses chart highlights some of the most common configurations including two-axel urban buses, three-axel coaches and rigid low-floor passenger buses. There are also some less common configurations highlighted in the chart such as Controlled Access Buses and Articulated Buses up to 18 meters in length.

Developed following requests from the industry the Variations of Buses chart was designed to assist with compliance. On a positive note it is also expected to help in standardising roadside enforcement.

Michael Apps the Bus Industry Confederation Executive Director said the chart was *another step towards constancy between the states* He is looking forward to working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator over the coming months to further standardise access regimes between the states.

It is hoped that by improving the awareness of the differences that exist between the states understanding for each operator in each state and territory can be improved.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has been set up to administer one set of laws for heavy vehicles under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, designed to deliver a comprehensive range of services under a consistent and regulatory framework. On February 10, 2014 the National Law commenced – this law applies to New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia and The Australian Capital Territory.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is responsible for:

  • Performance Based Standards Scheme – vehicle design and access approvals
  • National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme – management and accreditations
  • Heavy Vehicle access permit applications
  • Heavy vehicle standards modifications and exemption permits
  • A national driver work diary and risk classification system for advanced fatigue management
  • One set of national penalties
  • One set of national notices
  • One set of national fees for National Heavy Vehicle Regulator services

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is Australia’s only independent regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass.

As the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is the only regulator for the heavy vehicle road transport industry their goal is to achieve –

  • PRODUCTIVITY – an ability to provide quick responses to changing industry trends and needs
  • SAFETY – a national safety monitoring and reporting system dedicated to heavy vehicles
  • EFFICIENCY – a common set of laws for heavy vehicles for all states and territories
  • TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY – review for key decision making
  • SERVICES – to be the one single point of contact for all heavy vehicle regulation in Australia
  • COMPLIANCE AND INFORCEMENT – to have a unified strategy and approach
  • INDEPENDENCE – to be an independent, statutory body corporate established under the Heavy Vehicle National Law

 

 

iJDMTOY S4 Style Subaru WRX LED DRL Fog Beze

One of the longest standing rallying performance cars out there, the Subaru WRX has been a very popular car since its Impreza days. The Subaru Impreza WRX put hot hatches on the map and popularized the body style, which can be seen in other performance vehicles such as the Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R. And while Subaru did away with the wagon body style in 2014, the WRX and WRX STi still looks every bit a sports car as it has been. This current generation opened the doors for many custom aftermarket parts such as the iJDMTOY LED daytime running light fog light bezel.

iJDMTOY’s LED DRL fog bezel has been wildly successful since its initial launch in 2016. Why is this? Perhaps it’s because it adds functionality where a piece normally wouldn’t. The DRL fog bezel takes advantage of Subaru WRX’s aftermarket flexibility by replacing a part of the bezel with an LED strip light, as if filling in an empty white portion of a painted canvas. The upgraded fog bezel adds an LED daytime running light function that stands out from the headlights, which creates optimal visibility for other drivers around.

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If you take a closer look, the OEM fog lamp bezel has a matte carbon fiber texture to it. Alone, that surface looks great. But the LED DRL fog lamp bezel sports a glossy, piano black finish that matches that of the Subaru’s native paint job.  This creates a flush, seamless aesthetic that makes the Subaru appear to be the most complete build on the road.

If you are considering upgrading your fog light bezel, please note that your Subaru WRX/STi must be the 2015, 2016, or 2017 year model in order for the LED DRL fog bezel to fit.

Like many iJDMTOY products, the LED daytime running light fog bezel installation process is a clear-cut direct replacement action followed by some wiring. Each package comes with everything you need for a time-saving and stress-free bezel update. Follow the clear instructions included in the kit to streamline your fog light bezel replacement.

For those who want more out of their LED DRL fog bezel, they can look to the switchback version! Switchback means the LED diode can switch between amber yellow light and xenon white light. So what better way to apply that than to add turn signal functionality to the already awesome LED daytime running light?

Engaging your turn signals will make the LED strip light flash amber yellow, on and off. When you complete the turn or disengage your turn signals, the LED emitters shut off for a second and return to xenon white to act as daytime running lights.

The LED daytime running light fog bezel is possibly the most brilliant and most practical upgrade you can give to your Subaru WRX and WRX STi. Whether you choose the base Subaru WRX LED DRL or the switchback version, you can be sure that you will be seen by eyes in awe.

Driver’s Education Tips for Parents – How to Effectively Teach Your Teen to Become a Safe Driver

Are you a parent or guardian of a student driver? Teaching your teen to drive can be a bonding experience. You can be the one who teaches them how to drive safely and responsibly. Whether you plan on teaching them alone, or want to work with their driver’s education teacher, there are many things you can do to help them learn how to drive.Here are a few tips and guidelines on what you, as a parent, can do. Communication is perhaps the most important thing. You can’t simply lecture or yell at your teen if they make a mistake. You must first offer them clear instructions on what to do. Be patient. Encourage them to ask questions. If they mess up, stay calm and explain to them what they did wrong in a positive manner.
There is a set number of hours that a student driver must practice driving in order to be eligible to take the road test. The number of hours may vary from state to state, so find out what they are in your area. Help them make a log of their practice sessions. List the times and add in details about each practice session, including the roads and weather conditions.
Find out what the laws are regarding nighttime driving with underage drivers. There is usually a set time each night during which students with learner’s permits can practice. Make sure you teach them how to turn the headlights on, and when and where it’s appropriate to turn on the bright lights and low beams.
It’s always best (and common sense for that matter) to start out in a vacant parking lot. Take things slowly and easily – there is enough time for them to progress before they take the test. Also, make sure they learn how to pull into a parking place. Use objects such as crates in place of cars in an empty parking lot.
As your teen becomes more experienced, you can allow them to venture out on more difficult roads. Also, try to arrange a practice session when it’s raining. Let them get an idea of what it’s like to drive in poor weather conditions.

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No matter what happens, don’t panic. If you panic, your teen will feel nervous or even scared, and this will only make things worse. Try to stay calm no matter what. As long as you take things slowly and communicate with them effectively, they should do all right. If the student driver is also taking a driver’s education class, you should keep in touch with the instructor that everyone is on the same page.