Vehicle types and specifications

Historic, left-hand drive and street rod vehicles

On 1 July 2017, the SA Government is making changes to simplify the conditional registration scheme for historic, left hand drive or street rod vehicles.

Find out more on the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website.

If you own a historic, prescribed left-hand drive or street rod vehicle you may be entitled to register your vehicle under this conditional registration scheme and obtain reduced registration fees.

In recognition of their limited use, these vehicles are exempt from registration charges and only pay a third party insurance premium, administration fees and a reduced emergency services levy.

All vehicle owners participating in the scheme must comply with the legislative requirements and maintain their vehicles in a roadworthy condition at all time.

Who can apply

Applicants must be a financial member of a recognised motor vehicle club.

Historic, prescribed left-hand drive and street rod vehicles may be:

  • conditionally registered to obtain reduced fees
  • registered for periods of one, two or three years
  • driven on a road for up to 90 days during any one year period of registration.

Conditions

The following conditions apply to vehicles registered under the conditional registration scheme for historic, left-hand drive and street rod vehicles.

  • The vehicle cannot be driven for fee, hire or reward.
  • The owner of the vehicle must be a financial member of a recognised motor vehicle club.
  • Before the start of each journey, details of the journey must be recorded in a log book.
  • The owner must provide a statutory declaration to their club annually, verifying the eligibility of their vehicle to remain registered under the scheme.
  • The owner must make their vehicle available for inspection at the request of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles or their recognised motor vehicle club.

Log books must be:

  • issued by recognised motor vehicle clubs
  • in a form approved by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles
  • carried in the vehicle at all times during a journey.

Definitions

The Motor Vehicles Act 1959 provides the following definitions.

Historic vehicle

A vehicle:

  • manufactured before 1 January 1979 that has not been modified from its original design to any significant extent

OR

  • manufactured on or after 1 January 1979 but before 1 January 1983 that has not been modified from its original design to any significant extent and has been registered under the conditional registration scheme in South Australia at some time prior to 1 July 2012.

Prescribed left-hand drive vehicle

A vehicle that:

  • has its steering wheel on the left of the longitudinal axis of the vehicle
  • was manufactured before 1 January 1979
  • has not been modified from its original design to any significant extent.

A street rod vehicle

A vehicle that:

  • has been modified for safe use on roads.
  • has a body and frame that were manufactured before 1949.

OR

  • is a replica of a vehicle the body and frame of which were built before 1949.
  • has been modified in accordance with requirements or specifications accepted buy the Registrar of Motor Vehicles - eg the National Guidelines for the Construction and Modification of Street Rods in Australia)
  • has in force a certificate of exemption under section 163AA of the Road Traffic Act 1961 from compliance with specified Australian design rules or other vehicle standards.

How to apply for the conditional registration scheme

1. Complete the application form

2. Lodge the forms

Lodge the completed application forms at a Service SA customer service centre with the following:

  • the prescribed fees
  • a left-hand drive exemption, (for a left-hand drive vehicle) - issued by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Vehicle Standards, Kateena Street, Regency Park
  • a certificate of exemption (for a street rod vehicle) - issued by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Vehicle Standards, Kateena Street, Regency Park.

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Page last updated 11 May 2017

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