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New rego plate labels for ‘green’ cars to keep first responders safer

Ian Campbell 29 September 2019 10
The labels are part of nationally agreed updates to the Australian Light Vehicle Standards. Photo: Supplied.

The labels are part of nationally agreed updates to the Australian Light Vehicle Standards. Photo: Supplied.

Owners of all new hydrogen, electric or hybrid vehicles are being asked to take part in a nationwide initiative aimed at keeping emergency services and other first responders safer when attending a crash.

Anyone with a hydrogen, electric or hybrid vehicle manufactured or modified after 1 January 2019 will soon be sent a small identifying label for their front and rear number plates.

“Differences in fuel types can lead to serious safety risks for emergency services, especially if there is structural damage to the vehicle, so it is vital first responders can easily identify the fuel source of a vehicle they need to work around,” a spokesperson for Transport NSW said.

“The labels are part of nationally agreed updates to the Australian Light Vehicle Standards.”

Fire and Rescue NSW Acting Superintendent Jeff Roche says firefighters have noticed an increase of hydrogen, electric and hybrid vehicles on our roads.

“Being able to quickly identify these types of vehicles will help make incidents safer,” Superintendent Roche says.

“The labels will allow our crews to take the appropriate actions to deal with the specific risks they present.

“We encourage all owners of hydrogen, electric or hybrid vehicles manufactured after 1 January 2019 to attach the labels once they receive them in the mail,” Mr Roche said.

Original Article published by Ian Campbell on About Regional.


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10 Responses to New rego plate labels for ‘green’ cars to keep first responders safer
James Forge James Forge 7:25 pm 01 Oct 19

Great idea. Just like LPG and CNG powered vehicles have now.

Capital Retro 10:35 am 01 Oct 19

Electric cars have the same batteries that are in computers and other hand held devices that regularly catch fire on passenger airliners. Some airlines have banned them as cargo items altogether. https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/27/18243310/battery-lithium-ion-cargo-ban-faa-department-of-transportation

Indeed, the new Boeing Dreamliner had some harrowing times with the same batteries installed in the aircraft. https://medium.com/@getag/what-happened-to-the-batteries-of-the-boeing-787-dreamliner-e7cf742d7ebc

Lauryn Roberts Lauryn Roberts 7:16 am 01 Oct 19

First responders deserve this simple act to give them the best chance to come home to their family’s and loved ones.

It should also be re-education for everyone else about what different risks are also if you come across a crash and are able to help.

Louise Flood Louise Flood 6:56 am 01 Oct 19

In China the electric crs have green number plates ie different to the normal blue. Seems easy enough to start doing this

Andrew Lee Andrew Lee 12:45 pm 30 Sep 19

So are they more or less likely to explode than petrol cars?

    Chris Van Aaken Chris Van Aaken 1:16 pm 30 Sep 19

    Andrew Lee well for an electric car less likely but first responders need to be aware like don't spray it with water as that could cause a short that and then fire

    Imants Ezergailis Imants Ezergailis 3:47 pm 30 Sep 19

    Andrew Lee : If attempting to cut out a trapped victim causes a short of the main hybrid battery, there will be a hell of a lot of heat created in a very short time with an explosion highly likely! Try shorting a normal 12 volt battery to get an idea of the outcome, but don’t hang around too long watching.

Russell Nankervis Russell Nankervis 12:27 pm 30 Sep 19

Makes sense to me

Matthew Dickson Matthew Dickson 11:40 am 30 Sep 19

Duh get them in already

Startmeup 10:29 am 30 Sep 19

I don’t think that voluntary placement of these labels is reliable. Besides they appear to be quite small and potentially lost in a major smash. What about a larger coloured corner on the actual number plate which is issued by the state/territory.

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