Trip Convoy Rules
All vehicles on trips must be roadworthy, registered and have:
(1) Towing hooks front and rear (not just tie down hooks).
(2) Snatch Strap with eye splices at both ends.
(3) Full Comprehensive Insurance or at a minimum Third Party Property Damage.
(4) A UHF two way radio – vehicle mounted (club handheld radios are available for short term use only)
* It is also suggested that enough food, drink and clothing is carried for emergency supplies and also an exe or bow saw is advantageous.
The Trip Leader should call a group meeting at the commencement of the trip reminding members of convoy rules and giving a brief overview of the day's planned trip/events. A Tail End Charlie (who advises when all vehicles have progressed past points of travel etc.) Permits should be issued; Trip Sheet signed and nominates a trip reporter and Sergeant at Arms before heading out for the day.
Members shall observe and obey all road rules at all times.
Members are responsible for the vehicle following behind them. At intersections the driver MUST NOT MOVE ON unless the vehicle behind is turning onto the correct track or road.
Should the convoy become separated and you arrive at an intersection where there is no vehicular indication of the next stage, pull off to the side of the road or track and await for a member of the previous party to return. DO NOT PROCEED ANY FURTHER EXCEPT ON EXPLICIT RADIO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE TRIP LEADER.
When encountering GATES, ensure that they are left as they are found at all times.
Keep a safe driving distance behind the vehicle in front at all times, especially in hilly country, heavy dust, and wet roads and after deep water crossings.
Allow the vehicle in front of you to clear obstacles before you attempt to follow. Upon clearing an obstacle remain insight until the following vehicle also clears the obstacle, then move to safer ground or continue on.
Vehicles wishing to leave the convoy for any reason must advise the trip leader of their intentions.
Drivers are responsible for the behavior of their passengers. Refer to "Duty of Care".
The TRIP LEADER or a person nominated by him/her should oversee any winching, snatching or towing and all bystanders should adhere to any directions issued by that person in the interest of personal safety.
To avoid damage to trees or bark when winching, padding or webbing should be placed to protect tree trunks. Any ground damage should be repaired after recovery.