A MOVE by the state government to overturn a ban preventing P-platers from driving the latest turbocharged vehicles has been described as a win for common sense.
Provisional drivers in NSW will be subject to fairer vehicle guidelines from next year, when the government adopts a national framework that better reflects vehicle performance.
Under the current laws there is a blanket ban on all turbocharged vehicles, some of which have been classified as the safest, most fuel-efficient cars on the market.
The new laws will be determined on a power to weight ratio.
Mechanic Ross Preen said it was about time the government caught up with the latest in car manufacturing.
Some of the cars on the banned list include the Volkswagen Golf 90TSI, which produces only 90kW.
Mr Preen agreed with the banning of HSV Commodores and ESP Falcons, but said car manufactures had been designing turbo charged cars to reduce petrol consumption, not increase power.
“Driver education is the biggest thing,” he said.
“The situation at the moment in NSW is that a lot of standard production cars are turbo charged.
“The lowest-powered car on the market these days has more horsepower than what we thought was a fast car when we were young.”
Under the changes, to be rolled out as early as January, the blanket ban on turbocharged and supercharged vehicles will be replaced by a formula that calculates the power-to-weight ratio of a car, with a limit of 130kW/tonne.
Orange and Cabonne road safety officer Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan said there was a need to review and update the legislation and agreed there should be restrictions.
“It’s always a balancing act to save lives and reduce the risk for young drivers,” she said.
“The change in legislation creates a more level playing field for the east coast.”