CHRISTMAS GREETINGS from PUBLICITY OFFICER
Hi Members and Families,
My, what a year we have all had.
I don’t know about you all, but we have certainly never seen anything like this in our almost 80 years on this earth, but unfortunately we are afraid that this is not near the end, but just the start of a LONG journey out the other side of this COVID situation, and to think that we Australians didn’t even start it. Suppose that’s a bonus. Let’s hope and pray that someone on this earth can find a vaccine quickly that is safe, affective and available to all countries and not just one or two.
Enough of the sad but true details, and on with looking at the brighter side of our beloved ACCMB.
Our events this year have certainly been curtailed no end, but I believe that with the efforts of the President, Committee and Members, we as a club have survived this period to the best of our abilities by going outside the normal square of club events, by inventing runs with a different (Roy and Elaine’s & Darren’s “Observation Runs with a difference”. This has helped keep members in touch with one another to a certain degree.
I have tried to keep you as members and the public up to speed with what reports I could muster up, putting them into the Murray Valley Standard and Murray Bridge News and of course onto our website and into what Auto Torque’s we have been able to publish, thanks to Pieter and Yvonne .Thanks to the members who gave me reports and information, helping me to formulate what I hope were newsy reports under the circumstances.
As we go into 2021, let’s all look on the positive side of a much better year ahead with our club planning of events, and if things go back to what we have seen this year, in and out of lockdown, the opening and closing of borders etc thus making our movements difficult to function as a club, then let’s remember, it’s not only our club and organization affected, it is every ones individual organizations who will suffer.
Let’s keep our chins up, continue to smile, don’t become complacent and try to keep a positive outlook on life, as difficult as it may seem at times. WE are all in this together fellow members.
We look forward to Christmas with our families, even though 2020 Christmas does not feel like a normal one, but in South Australia we are so far lucky to be able to do just that.
Let’s hope we can celebrate the first run of the new ACCMB year with a normal PIZZA NIGHT, January 15th at John and Vicki Courtney’s place, followed by our first meeting for 2021 on February 2nd, and the CRUISE NIGHT on Friday evening, February 5th. See your December/January Auto Torque magazine for all upcoming details. NO MEETING IN JANUARY
From our house to your house, we trust that you and your families will enjoy Christmas day, and move into 2021 New Year with a true spirit of optimism for a GREAT new year for our ACCMB.
May you have a very Happy, Safe and Blessed Christmas, followed by a Prosperous New Year.
Cheers, Graham and Maureen Edwards
Log Book – Important Changes (AGAIN!)
Last year at the June Meeting and also in the June/July 2018 Auto Torque, I advised that we had been told by the DPTI that we were required to sign our Log Books for EACH driver of the club vehicle, necessitating multiple entries in the Log Book if there were multiple drivers on any given day. It was understood that this was as a result of legal advice that they (the DPTI) had received. I am not aware of what has changed, either their legal advice or the wording of the Act, but we have now been advised by the DPTI that we can now resume recording vehicle use in the Log Book as we always had in the past, that is only the first driver of the day needs to sign the Log Book and there will be only one entry in the Log Book per day.
The “Code of Practice 2017”, still says:
3.6 Vehicle owners must ensure records for each journey undertaken in a conditionally registered vehicle are listed in the log book issued by the recognised motor vehicle club. The date of the journey and a brief description of the journey must be recorded before each journey commences. The driver must also sign the book (next to the particulars of use) before each journey commences.
So, just to be clear, for any given day, before the club vehicle is driven, the driver must enter the date, a brief description of the journey and their signature in the Log Book in BIRO. If anyone else, partner, friend or mechanic drives that vehicle on that day, there is no need to put any other entry in the Log Book. The only exception would be if that journey extended past midnight, it would then be over two days, and would need another entry.
This surely reverts to the original intent of the log book, that is to ensure that a vehicle on Club Registration is not used more than 90 days per year.
Any questions, please call me or see me at a meeting.
John Courtney, Federation Rep.
Code of Practice
The new code of practice is effective as of July 1st 2017, any vehicles 30 years or older are eligible including left hand drive, historic vehicles and street rods.
Members please note Auto Collectors Club Constitution has been amended, click on link below to view or download a copy.
CLUB AND RALLY RULES
The Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge Inc.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF EVENT/RUN PARTICIPANTS
Participants must be at the Event/Run departure point at the time designated. If you have nominated to attend but are unable to, please let Event Marshall/Run Leader know as soon as possible.
Participants shall obey directions given by the Event Marshall/Run Leader.
Participants may overtake slower vehicles on the run if they wish providing it is safe to do so..
Participants to leave at least 100m between vehicles unless about to overtake.
Participants should assist “general public” vehicles to overtake where appropriate and exhibit courtesy to other road users at all times.
Render assistance to other participants experiencing difficulties as appropriate.
When leaving a stopping place such as a picnic ground, make sure that the area is left as it was found.
During summer months, ensure that there is no fire ban before lighting barbecues.
Alcohol is strictly limited to meal breaks only.
Make the Event as trouble free as possible by ensuring that your vehicle is mechanically sound before leaving home.
Members must not stand or gather on the right hand side of their vehicles on sides of roadways.
All members must drive their vehicles in a manner which reflects positively on the Club.
If indicators are not fitted to the vehicle, appropriate hand signals must be used at all times
Carry current, suitably endorsed, Log Book and Certificate(s) of Exemption as applicable.
All vehicles must be in a roadworthy condition.
Passengers are to be limited to the seating capacity of the vehicle. Where fitted, seat belts must be worn.
Participants to notify Event Marshall/Run Leader should they need to depart the event/run before the intended completion time.
DUTIES of EVENT MARSHALL/RUN LEADER
Ensure Event/Run starts on time.
Issue and collect itinerary sheets and competition forms as necessary.
Run Leader should attempt to travel at 80Kph on an open road or freeway.
Run leader must ensure all participants are aware of the next stopping point where participants will re-group.
Where possible, maintain check on the presence of all vehicles in the Event.
When designated, ensure that the ‘Tail End Charlie’ is fully equipped with mobile phone, tow rope, water, etc. as appropriate. ‘Tail End Charlie’ to also ensure no one is left behind
Act as Club representative in the event of an accident or unusual circumstances.
Applicants for Provisional Membership must be present in person when their application is presented to the club at a General Meeting.
On first joining the Club, for the first year of membership, newly accepted members shall be classed as “Provisional Members”. In that year, Provisional Members will be required to attend at least:-
Two meetings and one event
One meeting and two events
At the end of twelve months, if they have satisfactorily completed the above, the Membership Officer will confirm their status as a Full Member. Provisional Members shall have the same rights and responsibilities as Full Members.
There are two main DPTI documents that persons who have vehicles on “Club Registration”, or intend to have, must be familiar with.
Club Registration Code of Practice Effective 1 July 2017
MR1457 Modifications to Passenger Cars, Utilities, Panel Vans and 4WD Passenger Vehicles
Copies of these documents may be accessed by clicking on the above links.
In addition, the following rules apply to members availing themselves of “Club Registration” through THIS club:-
The vehicle must be inspected by a Club Registrar before an MR334 or Log Book will be issued.
Any modifications must be legal. This may be determined by, but not limited to, MR1457.
Those applying for “Club Registration” must be aware that the Club Registrar is obliged to report to the DPTI, any questionable modifications that do not have a “Certificate of Exemption” issued for them. This MAY require inspection at Regency Park.
The Club Registrars from time to time, may request the inspection of any vehicle.
A “Review Committee” has been formed within the club, to clarify any issue should a dispute arise from this process