Hot Rods

Bonneville Consulting is authorised to perform inspection on Street Rods in order to issue an engineer report (VASS report) for the 90 day club permit scheme (SR plates).
As per the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009, a street vehicle is defined as:

A vehicle that has been modified for safe road use and that:
(a)    Has a body and frame that were built before 1949; or
(b)    Is a replica of a vehicle the body and frame of which were built before 1949.

 90 day club permit scheme (SR plates)

Owners of Hot Rods can apply for a club permit in order to drive their street rods for up to 90 days a year using a log book. More information can be found in the VicRoads website (link).

The owner of the Hot Rod needs to be a financial member of Australian Street Rod Federation (ASRF) and fill the club permit application form, to be signed by the Secretary of ASRF. 
VicRoads will issue SR plates for the street rod when presented with the club permit application, Roadworthy certificate & engineer report (VASS report).

JC Bonneville can provide you with the VASS engineer report.

Inspection requirements:

1.    Street Rods are inspected for compliance with the National Guidelines for the Construction & Modifications of Street Rods in Australia (available on
•  Section 1 - Engines [ PDF: 145 KB]
•  Section 2 - Chassis [ PDF: 3003 KB]
•  Section 3 - Brakes [ PDF: 148 KB]
•  Section 4 - Steering [ PDF: 192 KB]
•  Section 5 - Suspension [ PDF: 2620 KB]
•  Section 6 - Rims and Tyres [ PDF: 145 KB]
•  Section 7 - Lighting & Electrical [ PDF: 147 KB]
•  Section 8 - Body Hardware [ PDF: 217 KB]
•  Section 9 - Miscellaneous [ PDF: 137 KB]
•  Section 10 - Checklist [ PDF: 243 KB] 
•  Appendix 1 - Principles Involved in Fitting Rack & Pinion Steering [ PDF 1100 KB]
•  Appendix 2 - Tyres and Rim Guidelines [ PDF: 100 KB]
•  Appendix 3 - Mounting Jaguar independent rear suspension [ PDF: 1470 KB]

2.    The Street Rod will also need to be driven and undergo a brake test as following:
VicRoads brake fade & effectiveness test:
           a.    Cold brake test (100km/h)
           b.    Brake fade: 15 stops from 60km/h to 0.
           c.    Brake effectiveness test: 2 stops from 100km/h        (minimum  deceleration 0.6g average)

3.    The Street Rod will need to meet the head room requirements of VSB 5 (link)

4.    The Street Rod will need to meet the field of view requirements of VSI 29 (link)

5.    The Street Rod will need to be fitted with a collapsible steering column

6.    The Street Rod will need to be tested for noise (limit 96dB(A))

Inspection Schedule:

JC Bonneville can perform the above tests and inspection on the completed Street Rod in order to issue the engineer report.

A first inspection of the rolling chassis (before painting) is also required in order to validate the chassis design, welds compliance and suspension design. A review of the body structure, seats & seat belt anchorages should also be carried out.

For the final inspection, you will need to provide a tare weight certificate and receipts for your suspension & axles.

Contact JC Bonneville in order to make an appointment for an inspection. Please fill the vehicle details form and return it to us.

1st inspection is performed onsite. Final inspection is performed preferably at our workshop in Bayswater. 



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