Seating Regulations (Australian Standards)

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by Farky66, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Farky66

    Farky66 Member

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    Hey,
    I was thinking of making a single person seat for my kombi behind the drivers seat, or an L shaped seat in the back, was just curious if there are certain specs which i would need to follow to legally seat someone there whilst im driving or just a seat belt will do?

    Cheers
    Lochie
     
  2. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    You will need to check State requirements. May need an engineers approval.
     
  3. pab

    pab New Member

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    Yes, you will definately need an engineer to inspect and approve before it's legal.
     
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    Thanks for that, i will have a read through it, might take me a little while until i get the money to do it but thought id start my research. Also im sure they wouldnt mind a studying engineer check it :p
     
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  8. Grantus

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    Now that's interesting!

    If you fit a 3 seater bench seat to a T3 transporter, making it a 5 seater, you can still classify it as a goods carrying vehicle...

    A goods carrying vehicle becomes a passenger carrying vehicle when the total number of seating
    positions multiplied by 68 kgs is more than half of the vehicle’s load carrying capacity.


    You can actually install up to 6 seats, and still retain the benefits of parking in loading zones.:)
     
  9. Gromit

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    Hello,

    Word of warning, it took us 6 months to get our van registered in SA, we bought it in Melbourne. They had issue with the seating, and it was just a seating inspection we needed. Anything not VW standard - we have a Trakka, they don't like. We were told may things and i understand it's entirely your luck on the day of the inspection. I ended up having to ask Trakka for a copy of the seating sign off to Australian Standards but this was apparently irrelivant in SA.

    I'd carefully read everything before you start before you waste your time, money and effort and they tell you they won't accept it.
     
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  10. Tangles

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    Take it out of Adelaide for rego. Kadina is good from personal experience. Gawler also. Avoid the pits at Regency park.
     
  11. Grantus

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    SA seems to have laws as they choose, when they choose, which is a little scary! :wtf:
     
  12. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    All states seem to be luck of the draw. Try to be educated! Have a look at the State rego rules and regs so you can be constructive when you are argueing for your rights. Good luck!
     
  13. Daisyg

    Daisyg New Member

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    All car restraints sold in Australia must comply with the standards that cover materials, design, construction, performance, testing and labelling.
    Car seats bought overseas will not comply with the Australian standard and not approved and it is illegal to use them in Australia.
     
  14. Daisyg

    Daisyg New Member

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    Child restraint is regulated by Australian Standards. Mark sure your baby, or child is in a seat that is safety adjusted to give them the most protection.
     
  15. 3Amigos

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    "CHILD ON BOARD " Sticker helps :)
     
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  16. Grantus

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    Does it help as much as those "my family" stickers?:rolleyes:
     
  17. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    DaisyG - this thread was not about child restraints.
     
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    if you've got both..(flashing lights, loud drumming) youve hit the jackpot :)
     
  19. Farky66

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    Just bringing this old post up again about a similar issue iv seen coming up a fair bit recently. If a van is fitted with an original rear bench seat but compliance plate says 2 seater can it still be used as a 5 seater?
     
  20. oldman

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    Not unless the rego. papers have a "5" seating capacity....
    Rego. papers MUST match compliance / Mod. plates - & vice versa - when seating number is involved.

    To put another slant on it, you can use it as a 5 seater but you won't be covered by insurance if the un-imaginable happens....not worth the risk imo.
     
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