NSW Regulatory Update: New safety requirement for electric, hybrid and hydrogen vehicles

 A new safety initiative has been introduced to help Emergency Services staff and first responders protect themselves and the public in the event of an incident.

All electric, hybrid and hydrogen vehicles manufactured or modified after 1 January 2019 are now legally required to have a small identifying label fixed to the front and rear number plates. This includes light vehicles, and vehicles over 4.5 tonnes.

The registered operators of all affected vehicles will soon receive a letter from Transport for NSW, along with the mandatory, self-adhesive labels and instructions on how to affix them to their vehicle.

The labels will allow vehicles to be quickly identified as having an electric or hydrogen component, so that specific procedures can be followed in the event of a crash, to make it safer for all present.

The new safety regulation came into effect on 1 September 2019 and fines may apply for failing to display the labels from 1 January 2020.

 The labels are required following an update to the Australian Light Vehicle Standards and Schedule 2 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017. Vehicles in NSW over 4.5 tonnes must also display the labels from 1 September 2019 under 108A and 108B of Schedule 2 of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation (NSW).

We’d appreciate your help in communicating this important safety initiative to your teams and any other staff members you think may be impacted.

More information can be found here:

Website: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/registration/plates-labels.html

Frequently Asked Questions: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/registration/frequently-asked-questions/index.html#Registrationlabels