Fishing Rod Holders

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 06, 2005 at 23:27
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I have a GU Patrol with Fishing Rod holders on the Bull Bar, someone has told me the holders are illegal and should not be fitted?
At the moment I have taken them off, but no one in the local 4WD shops seems to know whether they can be used or not! Any ideas.
PS I am in WA

Jacko
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Reply By: garrycol - Wednesday, Jul 06, 2005 at 23:36

Wednesday, Jul 06, 2005 at 23:36
Certainly now illegal on the east coast
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Wednesday, Jul 06, 2005 at 23:44

Wednesday, Jul 06, 2005 at 23:44
Illegal in SA but you do see loads of them.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 06, 2005 at 23:48

Wednesday, Jul 06, 2005 at 23:48
search is your friend.. yes they are illegal, there are many threads on them on this site.. search the archive section.
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Reply By: Hilly - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 07:04

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 07:04
JackO,

I know that the easties need to be protected from each other and have laws covering just about anything but it's my understanding that the cops over here won't give you any grief if you are carrying rods in them. If you aren't and they pull you up for any other matter they will encourage you to remove them until they are needed again.

Cheers,

Hilly
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Reply By: hilux bert - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 08:32

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 08:32
they are NOT illegal in nsw provided they don't project forward of the bar.so some mods may be needed to make them fit. also spotties and winch fairleads are not illegal providing their mounts are behind the front of the bar and the profection is blunt and/or flat.
so there ya go nswelshmen.

p.s. i know this cos it was linked in one of the threads on this site
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Follow Up By: flappa - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 09:32

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 09:32
Actually , I thought they were only illegal if they weren't being used ?

Happy to be corrected though.
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 09:53

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 09:53
This is my understanding for QLD as well. You can not have anything which protrudes forward of the bullbar. This means that some driving lights and antenna couplings you see on the road are also technically illegal.
I still see a lot of rod holders on bullbars. Imagine hitting a pedestrian with them and you can understand the problem.

Shouldn't be too difficult to design a rod holder that brackets onto the bull bar without protruding forward. I love my fishing, so will keep my eye out for a solution.
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Reply By: locallaw - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 09:16

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 09:16
Gidday,One thing you must remember is if you fit anything illegel and you have an accident your insurance policy may be revoked.Then you are up for a lot of money etc.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: robak (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:13

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:13
Jacko

IN QLD you're allowed to have them on if they are in use. Otherwise take them off or twist them back behind the bullbar

"Fishing rod holders may be fitted provided they comply with
the following conditions:

• The fitting allows the driver a view of the road and
of traffic to the front and sides of the vehicle.
• They must only be attached to the left side of the vehicle.
• They must be designed to carry no more than four (4)
fishing rods.
• Rods, hooks and sinkers must be properly secured.
• Vehicle lighting must not be obstructed by rods or holders.
• Rod holders must be either removed when they are not
in use or retracted behind the profile of the bull bar."

see here page 10

Cheers

R.
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Follow Up By: robak (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:16

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 10:16
The links don't seem to work so just cut and paste this

http://toymods.org.au/Repository/TechDocs/QLD%20Vehicle-Modifications.pdf

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Reply By: Coops (Kalgoorlie) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 12:27

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 12:27
definitely illegal in WA - cost me $100 a couple of years back. I offered to remove them there & then but all he could say was I had 2 weeks to remove them after the fine.
I did nothing else wrong so couldn't understand what he was on about but that's life. Removed them there & then while he wrote the ticket just to prove a point.
They wonder why - Nah, never mind !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt Mu (Perth-WA) - Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 14:43

Thursday, Jul 07, 2005 at 14:43
Yeah Coops, there isnt much in the East thats different in WA in that respect, most of the laws are the same, ie fog lights, bullbars, etc.
I have just found the difference is in the enforcement. Most times in WA you get away with the little things, but if someone wants to make a point then the will and it costs you $$$$$.

Its a shame that the police are so victimsed by all the do gooders etc they dont trust anyone and always think the worst of people now! If they let you off, people will winge that they are too soft and if they fine you then they are just bas----ds, they are damned if they do and damned if they dont!! Look at the craap that goes on at the underage parties in Perth. If they go in tough and dont take $hit they are abused on the news for heavy handed tactics. Yet if they approach quietly and try to talk them down they are usually hurled with rocks and then abused on the news for being unprepared and inadequate.

Look what we have done!

As for the rod holders I believe if the dont protude and HAVE rods in them they are 'asseptable' otherwise its five mins to remove it!!

Matt.
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Reply By: Spade Newsom - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 20:02

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 20:02
I have always thought that rods exposed to road dust, tiny stones, birds etc can cause damage. I have always been advised never to use external rod holders for that reason.

Spade
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Reply By: Jack0 - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 09:36

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 09:36
Thanks for the advice guys, first time I have used this forum.
Very impressed.

Once again thanks

Jacko
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 11:28

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 11:28
Best place for your rods is on the side of roof rack/bars ,just as easy to get to, less chance of snapping a rod on a low branch and best of all its legal.
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