The Road Ahead : 01-Aug-2011
MAKES YOUR DAY 63 AUG/SEP 2011 THE ROAD AHEAD KNOW YOUR CAR SOME FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVES AND ND people movers ar ople movers are equipped with seats that are designed by the vehicle manufacturer to be removed via a quick-release type of mechanism. This allows the option of increasing cargo space at the expense of passenger carrying ability. Seating modifications, including a reduction in seating capacity, usually require approval by an approved person and installation of an appropriate modification plate. However, Queensland Transport views the above as an acceptable 'reconfiguration', not requiring a modification plate, as long as it is only temporary. The seats must be refitted if the vehicle is presented for a Safety Certificate inspection. Any seats removed permanently or for an indefinite period would be treated as a modification requiring approval, though. Be prepared to justify the 'reconfiguration' as temporary to enforcement authorities if required. Items such as drawer sets bolted into the cargo area or other alterations with a long-term appearance won't add credibility to the argument. Vehicles with unacceptable seating modifications will attract fines. WITH JOHN EW WIN N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N NG G G, G G G, G G, , , , , , RACQ VEHICLE E TECHNOLOGIESS S S S S car questions LOADING UP TOP Q. How much weight can I safely carry on racks on my vehicle roof? A. Vehicle makers usually specify the maximum safe roof load for the vehicle. It varies, so check your owner's handbook or with the manufacturer. Don't exceed your roof-rack's maximum load capacity either. Any load carried on the roof is considered part of the gross vehicle mass which mustn't be exceeded. Remember, roof loads will raise the centre of gravity, potentially altering vehicle stability. UTE WHEEL CHANGES Q. Is it still illegal to fit different size wheels/tyres to 2WD utes? A. Previously, only original equipment or equivalent optional wheels were allowed as alternatives on 2WD light commercials, other than passenger car derived utes, i.e. Commodore and Falcon (they were treated similar to passenger cars). From 2008, alternative wheel and tyre rules for all 2WD light commercials changed to largely mirror passenger cars, providing more options. Load ratings must be maintained. Consult Queensland Transport for other details. Make life easier with an Acorn Stairlift D D D Diiirre e ec ccct ttt ff f fr r r ro o o o om m m mt t t th h h he e e em m m ma a an n nuf f ffa acc t ttt t t tu u u u u urr r r r re e e e err Safe, reliable and trouble free For straight or curved staircases Ask about our free home assessment Indoor and outdoor lifts available Indoor and outdoor lifts available An Acorn Stairlift could be the key to retaining your independence, while still being able to enjoy th the ebe beautyy and nds spa pa pce ceo of fth the eho home mey y you o love.