This bulletin is to make sure that we have informed our ASRF members in Queensland about the importation or building of Left Hand Drive (LHD) street rods from either complete cars or parts thereof.
There are a number of scenarios:
• When a complete street rod is imported as a pre 1989 construction, this vehicle can remain LHD and in our system would be eligible for LH9 limited registration but not LH10 full registration.
• When a complete street rod is imported post 1989 construction, this vehicle would be treated as a new vehicle requiring RAWS garage treatment and would need to be converted to RHD and to meet all current ADR’s.
• When a body and chassis are imported as LHD components (not necessarily from the same vehicle) a vehicle subsequently built from those parts must be RHD because it is a new vehicle for registration in Queensland.
• A LHD street rod cannot be built from locally sourced RHD chassis and body components because the principle applied by Queensland Transport is that Australia is a RHD country and vehicles being built should therefore be RHD. It is the same as the ruling for Individually Constructed Vehicles (ICV’s) which cannot be built as LHD.
The QSRTAC and Queensland Transport have allowed anyone in the process of building a LHD vehicle with an approved Proposal to Build until June 2022 to complete their vehicle. After that, no more LHD vehicles will be allowed. No further Proposals to Build have been accepted since June 2019.
Please contact the QSRTAC with any questions regarding this note. QSRTAC contact details are contained at https://www.asrf.org.au/qld/.
BY TIM BARTROP, CHIEF INSPECTOR, QSRTAC