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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1660..

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

I understand the information is being made available through the Minister for Planning.

Emergency services—fire tankers

(Question No 310)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

(1) Are there currently, or have there been in any of the last three calendar years, any overweight fire tankers in service in the ACT; if so, how many have weighed in over the safety limit and when did these breaches occur;

(2) How many of those tankers are currently in service and have their weights been reduced to the safety limit or below;

(3) What has been done to ensure that fire tankers do not exceed their weight above the required safety limit;

(4) How often are ACT fire tankers inspected to ensure they comply with weight safety requirements.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There are currently no overweight fire tankers, nor have there been in the last three calendar years;

(2) There are no overweight tankers in service in the ACT;

(3) All tankers are manufactured against detailed technical specification including requirements to ensure the tankers comply with Australian Design Rules and must not exceed the manufacturers Gross Vehicle Mass. The tankers are tested prior to acceptance by the Authority to ensure compliance with the specification. All tankers have a common inventory and individual Brigades are not authorised to alter the inventory without approval from Rural Fire Service Management, therefore, ensuring compliance with all weight limitations;

(4) All tankers have an annual safety inspection prior to the renewal of registration. There is no requirement to re-weigh tankers after the initial registration. Please refer to answer 3.


(Question No 311)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

(1) How many cyclists in the ACT, both on and off-road, have been fined or prosecuted during (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05 to date for (i) failing to wear a safety helmet, (ii) failing to have adequate lighting and (iii) breaking any other road or traffic rules.

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