Guy Allen at AllMoto has given us an update on changes to the Club Permit Scheme that are being proposed by VicRoads in its revision of the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations.
The changes are still going through a consultation process, but if they are implemented, they will take effect from 3 October 2021.
- Eligibility will shift from 25 to 30 years. The existing 1,800 vehicles in that 5-year window will be OK as the change is ‘grandfathered’ in.
- Fees to increase, by approx. $14 for 45 days and by $28 for 90 days. This is VicRoads fees only – no mention is made of TAC.
- VicRoads to have broader powers for a “please explain” for clubs and permit-holders that attract attention, e.g. trade vehicles being used as such, or clubs where there seems to be only one person involved. Any club with less than 10 registrations is on the radar.
- There is talk of new penalties for failure to comply with Club Permit rules, such as failure to fill out a logbook. These are not explained (there was talk of coming up with something a little less harsh than the current situation where you cop the full ‘driving unregistered’ penalty; however, there is no confirmation either way in the Regulatory Impact Statement).
- It’s likely that you will be required to make an appointment for a new permit – this hasn’t generally been the case in the past.
- VicRoads will push to introduce electronic logbooks instead of paper. The implication of this is it will be in the cloud and will make it easier to check if you’ve ‘signed’ your logbook for the day, i.e. law enforcement can check without actually pulling you up. The downside for many will be the lack of a physical reminder to sign off for the day. VicRoads acknowledges that users much prefer the paper system.
Ever since day 1, the SR500 Club has offered garments (T-shirts and windcheaters) in any colour you like… as long as they’re black.
In response to requests from members whose favourite colour is not black, we have decided to offer a one-off print run of the SR Club logo on garments of any colour you like!
Since there are too many combinations of garment type, colour and size, we request any members interested in this to BYOG (bring your own garment), whether it be a plain singlet, T-shirt, windcheater or hoody to our next monthly meeting at the Royal Standard, West Melbourne, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, or if you can’t make it to the meeting, please arrange delivery to Paul Newbold by that date.
Please note that the garment(s) you provide must be brand new (and unworn).
The SR Club logo will be screen printed in either white or black – whichever colour the screen printer decides offers the best contrast to the colour of the garment you’ve provided.
For small sizes (if the garment does not fit the screen printing machine), the logo will be a heat-applied (iron-on) design.
Cost: $5.00 per logo
VicRoads has replaced the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009 with the Road Safety (Vehicles) Interim Regulations 2020, which took effect from 4 October 2020.
The new Regulations include a change that applies to the Club Permit Scheme.
Club Permit number plates
When applying for a Club Permit, the applicant is now required to pay a fee for the issue of a standard Club Permit number plate ($19 for one number plate).
|Item||90 days fee||45 days fee||2/45 days fee
Did you know that the Club owns a selection of special tools that members can borrow?
- Flywheel puller
- Clutch holding tool (part no. 90890-04086)
- Magneto rotor holder (part no. 90890-01235)
- Crankcase separator (part no. 90890-01135)
- Tappet spanner
- Engine stand
Please e-mail the Club (email@example.com) if you wish to borrow any of these tools.
Clutch holding tool (90890-04086)
Magneto rotor holder (90890-01235)
Crankcase separator (90890-01135)
On 31 July 2020, VicRoads launched new digital functionality that enables Club Permits to be renewed online with a myVicRoads account (if you don’t have a myVicRoads account, go to www.vicroads.vic.gov.au to find out more).
The new online service removes the need for Club Permit holders to visit a Customer Service Centre or to renew via mail.
How to renew a Club permit online
- Organise for your renewal notice to be signed by an authorised officer of the Club to declare that you are a current member. Authorised officers of the SR500 Club are the President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. A Club scrutineer cannot sign a renewal unless they are also a nominated authorised officer. If you’re unable to organise for your renewal notice to be signed by an authorised officer, you can request a Club permit endorsement form be completed, signed by an authorised officer and sent/emailed to you instead.
- Sign your Club permit renewal notice (you must be the permit holder).
- Submit your renewal (and signed Club permit endorsement form, if required) and pay the renewal fee online via your myVicRoads account.
Requirements to renew a Club Permit remain the same
The renewal (or Club permit endorsement form) must be signed by an authorised officer of the Club to declare that the permit holder is a current member. The Club Permit renewal must also be signed by the Club Permit holder.
Proof of payment
When a Club Permit is renewed online, the receipt must be printed and kept with the log book received with renewal. The receipt may need to be produced as proof of payment.
Changing period of use
If the Club Permit holder wishes to change the period of use from 45 days to 90 days or 90 days to 45 days, the renewal cannot be processed online.
More info and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As we cannot currently meet face-to-face for our monthly meetings at the Royal Standard, Melbourne, we are having virtual meetings via Zoom instead, on the last Tuesday of the month, from 7.30pm – open to all current, financial members of the Club! If you wish to participate, please email the Club prior to the meeting you wish to attend (firstname.lastname@example.org), and closer to the time, before the day of the meeting, we’ll send you the Zoom logging in instructions.
Typical agenda items are:
- Business arising from previous minutes
- Treasurer’s report
- General / new business
With the sad demise of Motorcycle Trader magazine in April 2020 after 26 years in business, many of us are missing the quality content produced by the editorial team, many of whom, coincidentally, are members of the SR500 Club, e.g. Chris Harris, Grant Roff, Guy Allen, and Greg Leech!
But just because Motorcycle Trader is gone, doesn’t mean that the guys have stopped writing. It just means that they’ve found other ways to publish their work, which are freely available for us to enjoy!
Below is a selection, and we thoroughly recommended you take a look, and maybe consider showing them your support by following their websites, adding them to your internet favourites, and liking them on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube (or all of the above)! We’re sure they’d appreciate having you on board! Enjoy!
Paris Dakar Melbourne, Chris Harris
AllMoto, Guy Allen
Info Moto, Greg ‘Snag’ Leech
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and associated social distancing and venue restrictions, we have no choice but to temporarily suspend our monthly meetings*, with immediate effect, and until further notice.
Please do follow Federal and State/Territory Government health department pandemic and social distancing advice to ensure you, your families, and communities are safe.
Until such time as the pandemic situation de-escalates, life returns to normal, and we can once again meet as a Club, please… stay safe and stay healthy!
Please watch the Club website and social media channels, and the Victorian Department of Health website for updates.
*The venue of our meetings, The Royal Standard Hotel, West Melbourne, remains open for takeaways & deliveries, only. Lucy & Frank will gladly take orders for their delicious meals over the phone – we’re sure they’d appreciate your business during this difficult time.
Club member, Mike Cowie, has moved house!
Mike is no longer living at 38 Grant Street, Brighton East (having recently moved south to Mt Eliza).
To anyone who ever posted Club correspondence (e.g. membership applications, renewals, or Club Permit renewals) directly to Mike when he was Treasurer, please do not use his old Grant Street address anymore.
All correspondence to the Club must be posted to:
SR500 Club Australia, PO Box 500, Braeside, VIC 3195
The Rally was a great success again this year!
Thanks to three days of fine weather and daily temperatures of 30°C, attendance was good (~125 people signed in), and there was a great selection of bikes on display!
Show ‘n’ Shine
At Saturday’s Show ‘n’ Shine, there were eight award categories. Congratulations to the following winners!
- Best stock SR – Mathew Rode (1984 SR500), again!
- Best modified SR – Steven Findlay, again!
- Best XT/TT 500 – Brendan van de Zand
- Best 4/5 valve (XT/TT/SZR/SRX 600/660) – Mark ‘Alistair’ Cumberland (SZR660)
- Best non-SR – Chris Rowley (Honda Super Hawk), again!
- Peoples’ choice – Bruce Reid (Honda CBX)
- Best rat bike – Gary Cuthbert (SR500)
- Longest distance – Drew Jackson (all the way from Warwick, QLD)
Saturday night raffle
A number of companies kindly donated items for Saturday night’s raffle, resulting in many lucky people winning some great prizes!
A big “thank you” to everyone who donated prizes:
- Andy Strapz, Seaford (VIC)
- Deus ex Machina, Camperdown (NSW)
- KEDO Parts Australia, Raymond Terrace (NSW)
- Ikon Suspension, North Albury (NSW)
- Vanem, Lane Cove (NSW)
- Yamaha Australia
- Motorcycle Trader magazine, Oakleigh (VIC)
Annual General Meeting
At Sunday’s AGM, nominations for the Committee were heard, and the following elections were made:
- President: Jeff Gillman
- Vice President: Paul Newbold
- Treasurer: Craig Lemon
- Secretary: Mike Haysom
Congratulations to Jeff Gillman, Paul Newbold, and Mike Haysom (who retain their positions as President, Vice President, and Secretary, respectively), and to Craig Lemon, who takes on the role of Treasurer, after Mike Cowie chose to stand down. Thanks, Mike, for all your work managing the Club’s finances, memberships, etc., these last five years.