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Chain enforcement on 4WD's on Buller

Discussion in 'Mt Buller' started by John_Brunswick, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. John_Brunswick

    John_Brunswick First Runs

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    Hi guys,

    just a question on to what extent the carriage of chains is enforced at buller with 4WD's (could not find this searching the forum)

    My understanding is that all vehicles in Vic must carry chains above the snowline but that 4WD's may be not required to fit them.

    However, after 8 year so going to the resorts I have only been "searched" once.

    Do I risk a big fine if I don't carry chains? and how widely are 4WD's monitored?
     
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    for buller, check the daily report as they are no longer required "At all times", you will find all overnight guests are required to carry them but 2WD and 4WD requirements are determined daily for guests on a day trip
     
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    most people check the report or ask in Mansfield for the daily update, daily 4WD's are very raely required to carry chains
     
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    searches are rare, but the fine is high if you are required to carry them on the day. EG if you are an overnight guest and they were required, you would get a substantial fine if you were unable to fit then on leaving the mountain if there was a dump. More so a problem for 2WD's.
     
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    Great info, thanks!
     
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    Wheel chains - Day visitors
    Mt Buller's wheel chain requirements are decided on a daily basis and are determined by weather forecasts and existing road conditions. Chain requirements may vary between 2-Wheel Drive (2WD) and 4-Wheel Drive (4WD) and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles, as each of these types of cars react differently to snow and icy road conditions.
    From the Mt Buller Web Site

    "Daily wheel chain requirements are communicated via the local accommodation providers, retail outlets and authorities who come into contact with people travelling to the Resort. They also appear on large flashing roadside billboards as you enter and leave Mansfield and on the daily snow report. Contact Resort Management directly on (03) 5777 6077 for the most current requirements."

    check out the buller site for more info, heres the link http://www.mtbuller.com.au/winter/driving.aspx
     
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  7. snowtyres

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    The Mt Buller report on

    http://www.vicsnowreport.com.au/report.html

    shows the snow chain requirements on the day

    This is the snow chain information from the VicRoads web site

    Snow Chains : VicRoads

    http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/RoadSafety/VehicleSafety/Snow+Chains.htm


    Snow Chains

    What are the rules regarding snow chains?

    Snow chains must be fitted when directed to by the authorities in the snow fields.
    The Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulations 1998 outline the following:


    1.A person in charge of a vehicle who enters an alpine resort must at all times during the snow season, carry wheel chains suitable to be properly fitted to that vehicle.

    Penalty: 20 penalty units.

    2.An authorised officer may, at any time, for reasons of safety or for the control or protection of an alpine resort, direct a person in charge of a vehicle to ensure that wheel chains are properly fitted to the drive wheels of that vehicle or, in the case of four wheel drive vehicle, to either the front or rear wheels of that vehicle.

    3.A person in charge of a vehicle entering or in an alpine resort during the snow season must, when directed to do so by an authorised officer under sub-regulation (2), ensure that wheel chains are properly fitted to the vehicle in the manner directed by that officer.

    Penalty: 20 penalty units.


    Are four-wheel drive vehicles exempt from fitting chains during the snow season?

    Four-wheel drive vehicles can generally travel further in the snow than two-wheel drive vehicles and depending on the conditions, signs generally exempt them from fitting chains. However, in heavy snow conditions four-wheel drive vehicles can still reach a point where snow chains will become necessary for them to continue driving. This will be dictated by the conditions and the level of snow. If necessary refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations and requirements concerning the vehicle’s capabilities and suitable tyres.


    What should motorists do?

    Motorists should carry chains at all times and fit them when directed.
    If there is any doubt about the capability of your vehicle, it is better to be safe than sorry and fit chains.

    It is important that drivers take responsibility for their safety and seek professional advice about their vehicle.

    Where can people get advice about their vehicle?

    As the first point of reference, drivers should refer to their owner’s handbooks. Drivers could also consult with the vehicle manufacturers via customer support.

    Where can I get further information on safety in the snow?

    For further information on snow safety, including tips for driving in the snow, visit: http://www.snowsafe.org.au/

    Key points to remember:

    Snow chains must be carried at all times during the snow season.
    Remember to slow down when driving in the snow or icy conditions. Driving on snow or ice is significantly different from driving on normal, dry, road surfaces. Overlooking the differences between driving in the snow and on a normal dry surface is what can bring people unstuck.
    Drivers should be prepared to fit snow chains to their car when directed by authorities. Generally signs give the required directions.
    Ensure that the snow chains that are being carried will fit your vehicle and you are able to fit them before beginning your journey.
    The capability of any vehicle without chains depends on a number of factors including road and weather conditions, tyre grip and vehicle type.
    Drivers should seek advice from the manufacturer about the capability of their vehicles before they embark on their trip.
    When in doubt, it is safer to fit chains than to drive without.
    Penalties can apply if caught without snow chains. Perhaps the worst penalty though is potentially ruining your holiday as a result of being turned away from the snow fields, becoming bogged in the snow, or even worse, having an accident as a result of failing to fit snow chains.

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