Club Permit Scheme Policy

CLUB PERMIT SCHEME POLICY

The Club Permit scheme, or Club Rego, allows members of car clubs that are recognised by Vic Roads, including Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc to make limited use of historic vehicles on the road network. Vehicles must be at least 25 years old to participate in the scheme.

Financial members of the Saab Car Club of Victoria Inc are able to apply for either a 45 or 90 day permit depending on how much use they expect to make of their vehicles over a 12 month period.

General Requirements

The Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc policy and process must be followed for members to gain approval for a car to be accepted on the Club Permit Scheme. As of February 1st, 2015, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants for a Club Permit must be a financial member before submitting an application.
  2. The vehicle must have a current Victorian Roadworthy Certificate (not more than 28 days old)
  3. Vehicles submitted for a Club Permit must be 25 years old, well presented and reflect that the owner is an enthusiast. Modifications to the vehicle are limited as noted below and the car must be in a satisfactory condition, this will vary from car to car, but in general cars must be in good roadworthy condition with acceptable body work and paint, the interior and engine bay should be neat and tidy, and the car must be mechanically sound.
  4. The vehicle must be garaged in Victoria, this allows for interstate members to register their car under Victorian Laws.
  5. Club plates are able to be used anywhere in Australia under the Club Permit conditions; ie logbook is carried and filled in when driven.
  6. The owner must remain a financial member of the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc for the Club Permit Registration to be valid. This means that if you don’t renew your membership you cannot renew your permit, as each year your renewal must be signed by the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc Authorised Officer or the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc Secretary. It should also be noted that Club Permits can be revoked by the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc Authorised Officer if you are not a financial member of Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc or if, in the opinion of the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc Authorised Officer, the vehicle, or its use, no longer complies with the intent of the Club Permit Scheme.

Vehicle Requirements

The vehicles modifications and general condition must conform to satisfactory standards as expected by the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc and VicRoads and it should be noted that the Club Permit Scheme is not designed to allow unroadworthy vehicles to be driven on the roads. Therefore cars should be presented and kept in a condition that would be expected of any vehicle on the road.

Engine modifications must only be mild, engine swaps are acceptable where manufacturer, number of cylinders and capacity is not significantly greater than standard, wildly worked engines that are not streetable will not be accepted. In the case of a significantly larger engine swap an Engineer’s Report would be accepted as per normal registration requirements. Exhaust noise must be at a level suitable for road use.

Wheel, brake and suspension upgrades should be sensible and streetable, the ride height must be such that no component of the undercarriage would contact the road if a tyre was flat, generally 100mm clearance as per roadworthy laws, tyres must be road legal type and not protrude past the body work.

Completely stripped interiors are not acceptable. This means that the dashboard down to steering column height has to remain in place, two front seats must be in place, all door trims must be in place, roll cages are acceptable as long as they are well padded, CAMS Approved and in accordance with VicRoads regulations, racing hardness are acceptable in place of regular seat belts if they are ADR approved.

For any questions on modifications and what has to be ‘engineered’ please call the Authorised Officer and discuss.

The body work should be in good condition with no rust or damage and the paint a uniform colour, spoiler and wheel arch flares should not be excessive, in general the car should be well presented and safe to be driven on the roads and reflect that the owner is an enthusiast.

Any Modified cars will need an Engineers Certificate as well as a Roadworthy Certificate and will be issued with “M” plates instead of “H” Plates.

Any modifications you make to the vehicle after it has been accepted into the scheme will need to be cleared with the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc Authorised Officer, the vehicle may need to be presented for an additional Vehicle Inspection by a Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc Authorised Officer and you may need to obtain an Engineer’s Report and Roadworthy Certificate and change to “M” plates.

Process for Obtaining Club Permit

The process for obtaining approval from Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc is as follows:

  1. Meet the criteria above by becoming a financial member of Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc or ensure your membership is up to date.
  2. Obtain a Roadworthy Certificate.
  3. Contact the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc Authorised Officer and arrange an inspection of the vehicle.
  4. Once your car has been approved by the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc  Authorised Officer, you will need to take (or post, but takes much longer) the paperwork to VicRoads to obtain your plates and logbook.
  5. Advise the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc Authorised Officer of your club rego number and expiry date.
  6. From there, the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc will expect to see the car (and member) at least once a year at a club event, whether it be our social meetings, our club meetings, or one of the motor sports events. When a Club Plated car and member attends an event to satisfy the once per year event attendance rule, the member should have their VicRoads Log Book signed by a committee member as proof of attendance. Alternatively you can have it re-inspected at least once every two years to confirm its eligibility. You may be required to show evidence of this at the annual renewal by presenting your signed Log Book.

Vehicle Inspection

The Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc have nominated Sandra Scanlon as the Authorised Officer, to perform the Vehicle Inspection, keep and maintain the Club Register and keep and maintain a Register of Photographs of each vehicle (0407 367 242, 11 Valdemar Court Brighton East Vic).

Before you take your car for the inspection you must ensure that it is in a safe condition for road use and that all the componentry is in good working order, you have a current roadworthy and your current membership card. It is the responsibility of the applicant to get their vehicle up to a good standard prior to presenting the car for the inspection.

For more information, please contact the Saab Car Club Of Australia Victoria Inc Authorised Officer:

As of 31st January 2015 there were some changes to the club permit scheme that you all should be aware of. The following are the main requirements that will come into effect on that date:

New Applications:

  • When signing new club permit applications, club safety officers/scrutineers will be required to complete a Vehicle Eligibility and Standards Declaration form declaring that the vehicle is eligible, safe for use on the road and that it meets the applicable requirements for the category of vehicle for which the club permit is sought.
  • Initial club permit applications (not renewals) for vehicles manufactured after 31 December 1948 will need to be accompanied by a current certificate of roadworthiness.
  • For pre-1949 vehicles, clubs will continue to conduct their own safety inspection (which may be a certificate of roadworthiness or a club safety inspection based on VicRoads’ guidelines).
  • New modification guidelines specified in the Guidelines for modifications to vehicles operated under Victoria’s Club Permit apply.
  • If an initial club permit application is submitted for a vehicle that is modified outside of the appropriate modification guidelines, a Vehicle Assessment Signatory Scheme (VASS) approval certificate covering the modifications must be provided with the permit application.
  • An “M” club permit plate will be issued to identify modified vehicles where a VASS certificate has been provided.

This means that all new applications for vehicles built after 1949 will have to be inspected (and photographed) as well as being fully roadworthy and if modified have a VASS certificate for any modifications. There will be no exceptions to this process.

Club permit renewals after permit expiry:
To bring club permit renewals into line with normal registration renewals, from 31 January 2015, permit renewal applications received by VicRoads more than three months (90 days) after the expiry of the previous club permit will not be accepted and a new permit application will need to be produced.

We highly recommend you further read the full changes on the VicRoads website – https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/registration/limited-use-permits/club-permit-scheme/changes-to-the-club-permit-scheme-from-31-january-2015

If you have any questions regarding these changes please email Sandra Scanlon via vic_chairman@saabclub.org.au or phone on 0407 367 242

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