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Australian Capital Territory
Motor Traffic Regulations1 (Amendment)
Subordinate Law No. 35 of 19972
The Australian Capital Territory Executive makes the following
Regulations under the Motor Traffic Act 1936.
Dated 20 November 1997.
TREVOR KAINE
Minister
GARY HUMPHRIES
Minister
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Commencement
1. These Regulations commence on the day on which they are notified
in the Gazette.
Principal Regulations
2. In these Regulations, “Principal Regulations” means the Motor
Traffic Regulations.
Substitution
3. The Principal Regulations are amended by omitting Part II and
substituting the following Part:
PART II—VEHICLE TESTING
Authorised premises—prescribed requirements
“6. For the purposes of paragraph 26AG (3) (a) of the Act, the
following requirements are prescribed:
(a) in respect of premises to be used for testing motor vehicles, other
than motor cycles—
(i) brake testing equipment that complies with the
requirements specified in Schedule 2 in relation to such
equipment;
(ii) a luminous transmittance testing instrument that complies
with the requirements specified in Schedule 2 in relation to
such an instrument;
(iii) either of the following means of enabling a mechanic,
while standing, to inspect the underside of motor vehicles:
(A) a pit of not less than 4.5 metres in length;
(B) a hoist which has a lifting capacity of not less than 2
tonnes;
(iv) a noise testing instrument that complies with the
requirements specified in Schedule 2 in relation to such an
instrument;
(v) a headlamp instrument device that complies with the
requirements specified in Schedule 2 in relation to such an
instrument;
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(vi)
wheel-rim callipers calibrated in inches or inches and
centimetres to the range of 5 to 8 inches in half inch
increments;
(vii) a device for measuring, in millimetres, the depth of
grooves in a tyre’s tread through the range of 1 to 10
millimetres in 1 millimetre increments;
(b) in respect of premises to be used for testing motor cycles—
equipment of the kind referred to in subparagraphs (a) (iv), (v)
and (vii); and
(c) in respect of premises to be used for the inspection and testing of
trailers—
(i) equipment of the kind referred to in subparagraphs (a) (vi)
and (vii); and
(ii) 1 or more of the following means for inspecting the
underside of trailers:
(A) a pit;
(B) a hoist;
(C) a jack and garage creeper.”.
Insertion
4. After the Schedule to the Principal Regulations the Schedule set out
in the Schedule to these Regulations is inserted.
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SCHEDULE
Regulation 4
SCHEDULE TO BE INSERTED IN PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS
Regulation 6
SCHEDULE 2
EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS
Brake Testing
Roller Brake Testing Equipment—Light Vehicles
Scope
This specification sets out the prescribed requirements for roller brake
testing machines used at authorised premises.
Testing machines
complying with this specification are acceptable for testing light vehicles
up to 4.5 tonnes tare mass.
Note: An Australian Standard for roller brake testing machines is under development.
When finalised this specification will refer to that standard.
Prescribed requirements
1. The testing machine shall measure braking force at the tyre
periphery. The machine shall provide for independent readings of braking
force at each side of the vehicle.
2. Braking force readings shall be displayed as they are generated so
that they can be clearly seen by the driver and the vehicle inspector
operating the testing machine.
3. The installation of the testing machine shall be such that the vehicle
remains substantially level when under test.
4. The installation of the testing machine must provide for ease of
entry and exit of the vehicle being tested.
5. The testing machine rollers shall accept wheel sizes from 450 mm
diameter (10 inch nominal rim diameter) under load.
6. The distance between the outer edges of the rollers shall not be less
than 2200 mm. The distance between the inner edges of the rollers shall
be not more than 1000 mm and must be capable of accepting the wheels of
the vehicle being examined.
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SCHEDULE—continued
7. The surface of the rollers shall have a co-efficient of friction of not
less than 0.6 when measured in combination with dry, original equipment
tyres.
8. If the rotational speed of the testing machine rollers exceeds 0.5
km/h, the rollers shall be coated with a coarse grit embedded in a durable
plastic matrix.
9. Both rollers in each pair of rollers on either side of the brake testing
machine shall be coupled together by appropriate gearing and shall be
positively driven.
10. The testing machine shall be capable of repeatedly supporting an
axle load of 3.5 tonnes without damage.
11. If the rotational speed of the rollers exceeds 0.5 km/h, the machine
shall default to “power switch off” at the rollers when a pre-determined
level of slip occurs between the rollers and the tyres of the tested vehicle.
12. The testing machine shall display all braking force measurements
in kilonewtons (kN) and shall be capable of measuring a braking force of at
least 4 kN on each side.
13. The indicated braking force shall be within 2% up to 5 kN and 5%
above 5 kN.
14. The indicated brake force shall be within 5% of the actual braking
force over the entire operating range.
15. The machine shall have a means of indicating the difference
between brake forces on either side displayed as the ratio of the low reading
divided by the higher reading (%).
16. The testing machine shall be capable of detecting any “drag force”
on each wheel. The drag force is that produced by items such as loaded
wheel bearings or binding brakes when that brake service system is not
energised.
17. Each machine shall bear a unique serial number issued by its
manufacturer.
18. Calibration and servicing of the machine shall be undertaken at
regular intervals in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations,
or every 6 months where the manufacturer does not provide
recommendations for service or calibration.
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SCHEDULE—continued
Optional features
1. The testing machine may—
(a) be capable of providing inbuilt weighing of the load imposed by
each wheel being brake tested;
(b) have listings of manufacturers’ individual wheel loadings for all
vehicles being brake tested; or
(c) have a set of portable scales suitable for weighing individual
wheel loads of all vehicles being tested.
2. The test machine may be capable of providing an original and
duplicate time and dated copy of the results on hard copy material and
remain legible for a period of 12 months. The time and date function may
be factory set.
3. The testing machine may be capable of recording a brake pedal
force of up to 1000N + or - 2%.
4. The testing machine may have an alphanumeric keyboard to enter
various items of vehicle and inspection data.
Skid Plate Brake Testing—Light Vehicles
Scope
This specification sets out the prescribed requirements for skid plate or
other drive over platform type brake testing machines suitable for testing
vehicles up to 5 tonnes tare mass.
Prescribed requirements
1. The machine shall provide for independent readings of braking
force at each side of the vehicle.
2. If the testing machine is designed to test 2 axles at the same time, it
shall be capable of accepting vehicles with a wheel base measuring up to
4000 mm.
3. The testing machine shall be capable of brake testing vehicles with
a wheel track of at least 1000 mm to 2200 mm.
4. The testing machine skid plates shall have a co-efficient of friction
of at least 0.6 when measured in combination with dry, original equipment
tyres.
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SCHEDULE—continued
5. The machine shall be capable of repeatedly supporting an axle load
of 3.5 tonnes without damage.
6.
The testing machine shall indicate the peak and average
deceleration over the range of 0 to 1g with an accuracy of 5% of full scale
and an output resolution of 1%.
7. The installation of the testing machine shall be such that the vehicle
remains substantially level when under test.
8. The installation of the testing machine shall provide for ease of
entry and exit of the vehicle being tested.
9. The manufacturer’s recommended test speed for service and
emergency brakes shall be indicated on the machine and visible to the
driver in letters not less than 50 mm high.
10. The testing machine shall be capable of measuring and indicating
braking force per wheel group in the range of 0 to 5 kN.
11. The testing machine shall have a means of indicating the
difference between brake forces on either side displayed as a ratio of the
low reading divided by the higher reading (%).
12. Each machine shall bear a unique serial number issued by its
manufacturer.
13. Calibration and servicing of the machine shall be undertaken at
regular intervals in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations,
or every 6 months where the manufacturer does not provide
recommendations for service or calibration.
Optional features
1. The testing machine may be capable of providing an original and
duplicate time and dated copy of the results on hard copy material and
remain legible for a period of 12 months. The time and date function may
be factory set.
2. The test machine may be capable of recording a brake pedal force
of up to 1000N + or - 2%.
3. The test machine may have an alphanumeric keyboard to enter
various items of vehicle and inspection data.
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SCHEDULE—continued
Vehicle Deceleration Brake Testing—Light Vehicles
Scope
This specification sets out the prescribed requirements for Vehicle
Decelerometers used at vehicle inspection stations.
Prescribed requirements
1. The testing machine shall measure the overall braking effect of a
vehicle.
2. The testing machine shall be electronic in nature.
3. The testing machine shall indicate the peak deceleration over the
range of 0 to 1 g with an accuracy of 5% of full scale and maintain that
reading until reset.
4. Each testing machine shall bear a unique serial number issued by
the manufacturer.
5. Calibration and servicing of the test machine shall be undertaken in
accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.
Optional features
1. The testing machine may be capable of providing an original and
duplicate time and dated copy of the results on hard copy material and
remain legible for a period of 12 months. Time and date may be factory
set.
2. The testing machine may have an alphanumeric keyboard to enter
various items of vehicle and inspection data.
Headlamp Aim Testing Equipment
Scope
This specification sets out the prescribed requirements for headlight
aim testing machines used at Vehicle Inspection Stations.
Machines complying with this specification shall be suitable for testing
the aim of headlights, fog lights and auxiliary driving lights fitted to motor
cars, light and heavy commercial vehicles and motorcycles.
Prescribed requirements
1. The machine shall conform with the requirements of SAE
Recommended Practice J 600.
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SCHEDULE—continued
2. The machine shall be capable of testing the aim and intensity of
lights, centres of which are not lower than 500 mm and no higher than 1400
mm above the surface of the roadway and used in accordance with the
methods prescribed in the ACT Motor Registry Vehicle Inspection Manual.
3. The aim requirements of SAE J 600 shall be applied to headlights
with an asymmetrical European beam pattern operated in the high beam
mode.
4. The machine shall be either mounted on traversing rails or on fixed
axle wheels to provide for lateral movement of the machine across the
vehicle being tested. The installation (rails or surface on which the wheels
roll) shall provide for the reference axis of the machine to be parallel to the
plane on which the vehicle is standing.
5. Each machine shall bear a unique serial number issued by its
manufacturer.
6. Calibration and service of the machine shall be undertaken at
regular intervals in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations,
or every 6 months where the manufacturer does not provide
recommendations for service or calibration.
Light Transmittance Testing Equipment
Scope
This specification sets the requirements for an instrument to measure
the light transmittance of vehicle glazing including where tinted plastic film
has been applied.
Design Requirements
1. The instrument shall be of sound construction, portable and supply
its own energy source.
2. The instrument must provide indication to the operator of a
variation of its energy supply which would affect the accurate operation of
the instrument.
3. The instrument may be of 2 components, a light source and a light
source receiver. The voltage to the light source shall be stabilised within
0.1%.
4. The light source receiver may have an analogue or digital display.
A peak hold facility is recommended.
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SCHEDULE—continued
5. The instrument must be adaptable so as to be able to test light
transmittance on all glazing of a vehicle.
6. A pre-test check should display a reading of 100% when the light
source and receiver are brought into the test position (without a test
sample). The instrument reading under sample test conditions shall be in a
proportion of that 100% with a resolution of 1%.
7. The accuracy of the transmittance reading shall be within 5% of
full scale over the range of 20% to 100%.
8. The light source shall be representative of illuminant A of the
International Commission on Illumination (C.I.E.) and be of an
incandescent filament source at a nominal colour temperature of 2856oK.
9. The light receiver shall have a relative spectral sensitivity
conforming to the requirements of the C.I.E. 1931 “Standard observer for
photopic vision”.
10. Each machine shall bear a unique serial number issued by its
manufacturer.
11. Calibration and service of the instrument shall be undertaken at
regular intervals in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations,
or every 12 months where the manufacturer does not provide
recommendations for service or calibrations.
Noise Testing Equipment
Scope
This specification sets out the requirement for an instrument to measure
the noise generated by a vehicle at the exhaust pipe outlet.
Design Requirements
1. The device shall be capable of measuring noise across the range of
50 to 120 dB within the A and C frequency rating characteristics.
2. The device may have 1 or more frequency range indicators which
must overlap by a minimum of 10 dB.
3. The device must be capable of displaying the maximum noise
reading and maintaining that reading until reset. The display must be
digital in increments not exceeding 0.2 dB.
4. The device must be accurate to + or - 1.5 dB.
5. Over and under range indication is required at +10 dB and -5 dB.
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SCHEDULE—continued
6. Self calibration indication is required and adjustment must be
provided.
Note: Calibration using an external noise generating device corrected to a sound
pressure of + or - 1 dB immediately prior to each noise test is an acceptable
alternative to self calibration indication.
7. Calibration using an outside noise generating device corrected to a
sound pressure level of + or - 1 dB must be carried out in accordance with
the manufacturers recommendations or every 3 months where the
manufacturer does not provide recommendations for service or calibration.
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NOTES
Principal Regulations
1.
Reprinted as at 1 July 1995. See also Subordinate Law No. 40, 1995; No. 13, 1996;
Nos. 15, 17, 26 and 27, 1997.
Notification
2.
Notified in the ACT Gazette on 28 November 1997.
© Australian Capital Territory 1997
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