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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 788

Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

Did a recent conference of Commonwealth and State Transport Ministers recommend the adoption of safety design rules for the construction and the use of passenger car tyres; if so, (a) is the Minister aware that some Commonwealth cars are fitted with recapped tyres which have a tendency to peel off, and (b) will the Minister ensure that all Commonwealth vehicles are checked for tyre safety and fitted with tyres which match their performances, so giving a lead to the rest of the community.

Senator COTTON - The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

At the 36th meeting of the Australian Transport Advisory Council, Ministers endorsed 2 safety design rules relating to tyres. The rules are:

Australian design rule 23 for new pneumatic passenger car lyres which is to specifystan- dards on strength, construction and a standard pressure/ load relationship for tyres of particular size designations to facilitate the choice of tyres for passenger cars and derivatives manufactured after 1st January 1974.

Australian design rule 24 for tyre selection which is to specify requirements for tyre selection appropriate to vehicle load capacity, rim size and safety characteristics to be fitted to all passenger cars, derivatives and multi-purpose passenger cars using passenger car tyres, and manufactured on or after 1st January 1973. Some of the Department of the Interior vehicles which operate only in Canberra are fitted with recapped tyres but it is very rare for the caps to peel off. For some years Department of the Interior vehicles have been fitted with tyres which match their performance.

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