29 September 2019

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

| Ian Campbell
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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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Capital Retro10:35 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

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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