what is your opinion of this? (snapped by my passenger on the way home tonight at the Castle Plaza bottleneck)
What initially drew my attention was that I couldn't see his (or her) brake lights, because they're obscured by the spare wheels, so I was taking extra care. When we stopped, I saw the "SA - Better by Bike" plate, and thought, can he do that? I thought you could only use these plates if you have a bike carrier attached.
Isn't this breaking all sorts of rules - Worth reporting to constable plod?
I think they are legal as the rear bumper bar has brake lights in it to compensate for the covered lights.
As for the number plate.......
I saw a similar thing the other night. A 4 wd with a large oversized spare on the back (not a proper dual spare setup like this) completely covering his lhs rear lights....pity the rhs lights weren't working.
Illegal, should have a full size illuminated number plate. The brake light are legal.
Two people think the lights are legal. However, I would suggest checking Australian Design Rules and Australian Vehicle Standards Rules re required height of brake lights and indicator lights. Some indicator lights will be hidden behind the spare wheels. IF there are indicator lights in the bumper bar low down, would not be visible unless one is directly behind the vehicle. These days many newer vehicles have indicator lights positioned such that they can be seen from more than one position.
I don't get it, as i can't see anything unusual at the resolution available. Perhaps you could explain in text ..? BTW : I don't think you are OT at all, but your title is annoyingly cryptic...
You can view the image at full resolution clicking on the "options" button. As for the title, I disagree. It isn't directly related to bicycles. If you're not interested, don't click - simple.
What I cant work out is why every second 4WD I see has the high level rear lights disallowed and only the low level lights working? Am I missing something here?
The Nissan Patrol is like this off the showroom floor, they disconnect the normal high level lights as they can't be seen from an acute angle by the spare wheel, Nissan blame this on ADRs. The lights in the bumper are fitted to compensate for this. Most of my mates have re-connected the higher lights as it is obviously more visible and safer to use both sets.
Why don't Nissan just leave both sets of lights in operation?
Makes no sense to me, I think the bumper lights are fitted by Nissan Aust on arrival but it makes no sense to disconnect the others, they leave the wiring loom but remove holders, globes etc.
They probably sell them on Ebay to those who want to re-instate them ;)
If this guy is driving around at night with this plate setup then he's/she's breaking the law. Illuminated number plates are required during hours of darkness.
Martin, I wonder if the requirement is for lights to be in working order at any time of day. If police decided to inspect a vehicle, would they write a slip that only defected at night . . .
A pair of brake lights must be fi tted to the rear of a
motor vehicle built after 1959 and trailers built after
The centre of brake lights must be between 350 mm
above ground level and not over 1.5 metres or if
impracticable not over 2.1 metres.
A vehicle may be fi tted with additional brake lights
(i.e. eye level brake lights) but must be over 350 mm
above ground level.