There is a right way and a wrong way, as these diagrams show.
There is a right way and a wrong way, as these diagrams show.

Fines?no bull



IF you're driving around Coffs Harbour with incorrectly-fitted bullbars and attachments, you can expect the long arm of the law to catch up with you.

Local police will be out in force next week during Operation Compliance, a statewide crackdown which aims to catch out people doing the wrong thing.

Clarence Valley police are also involved.

Coffs Harbour highway patrol officers say that while most motorists in this area observe the regulations, those who don't will be dealt with by way of hefty fines.

"Under the Australian Road Rules, any attachment or protrusion in front of a bullbar or bumper bar presents a danger to other road users," Senior Constable Wally Brooks from Coffs Harbour highway patrol said.

"Examples include fishing rod holders and mounting brackets for things such as aerials or driving lights.

"Any sharp, ragged edge or corner on a bullbar which could cause injury to a person coming into contact with the bullbar, such as a damaged or snapped section of the bullbar, is also an offence.

"But most importantly, it's dangerous.

"Motorists who place lights on top of a bullbar, above the level of the bonnet, obscuring the driver's vision to see the road in front and to the side of them, are committing an offence.

"Drivers can face fines of $104 for bullbars not complying with requirements and could be issued with defect notices."

For further information, contact RTA technical inquiries on 1300 137 302, or visit the RTA website at www.rta.gov.au.

Alternatively, you can contact the Coffs Harbour high- way patrol office on 6652 0299.



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