Interlock Program Duration

From the time the person who has acquired a qualified driver’s license with an “I” condition on it (interlock) and has an Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device successfully installed on his/her nominated vehicle, he/she needs to be on the program for a term of up to two years. The length of time that a person can be in the program varies whether he/she strictly follows the rules of the program.

But a person can be exempted and may apply for exemptions with the following conditions:

If the person lives in a remote area (150kms from nearest interlock centre)

If the person lives on a remote island (Karragarra, Lamb, Russell and Macleay islands are not included in this exemption)

If the person has a medical condition (You will require specialist’s reports to support your claim.)

Springwood Complete Automotive Service can assist you on your questions or queries if you have any and we are more than happy to assist you.
A person may be charged or fined if the person will not be able to show an approved exemption certificate once asked by the police. If granted an exemption, one must always carry his/her approved exemption certificate so not to be penalized.
An application for exemption can be done up to 6 weeks before the person’s drink driving disqualification period ends. A person can apply via personal appearance or through email.
Please refer to interlock exemption information sheet (S4863) (PDF, 206KB) that can be downloaded on www.qld.gov.au/transport for more information and guidelines about exemptions and what documents are needed to apply. Costs are attached to the Application for an exemption and all claims must be evidence based.

I need an Ignition Interlock Device. What do I need to do?

When a person has been convicted of an alcohol while driving offence, they may be required to participate in the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program. You can choose not to participate but you will not be eligible to drive on the road. You can choose not to have an approved Ignition Interlock Device installed on a motor vehicle, but you will only be able to drive after completing a period of after two years of ineligibility.

You must apply for a driver’s license once the disqualification period ends, at The Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre. The License will be issued with an “I” condition on it meaning an Interlock is required before you can drive on the road.

Then you will then need to arrange an installation of an interlock device on his/her nominated vehicle by an approved service centre. Springwood Complete Automotive Services is the only approved service agent for the Guardian Interlock Program in Queensland, servicing Coomera, Helensvale, Hope Island, Runaway Bay, Ormeau, Pimpama, Beenleigh, Browns Plains, Logan, Rochedale, Mt Gravatt, Yeronga, Capalaba, Wynnum, weelington point, Cooparroo, Tarragindi, Moorooka, Carindale, Slacks Creek, basicly the area from the Northern Gold Coast to South Brisbane, east to Redland bay and west to Forrest Lake.

To book an appointment for an approved Interlock Device to be installed please call 1300 461 017. You will be responsible to pay for all costs on the installation including the installation, service, violation and removal fees for the interlock device.

A Vehicle Nomination form (F4841) needs to be completed by and the registered owner of the car along with a copy of his/her valid driver’s license upon arrival to the service centre. Springwood Complete Automotive Services will then provide Queensland Transport the details of the installation of the device on the nominated vehicle of the person involved. Then training will be conducted by the service centre once installation has been completed.
For the program to be completed Springwood Complete Automotive Services, the person must have an approved Guardian Interlock Device fitted to his/her nominated vehicle for a minimum period of 12 months and hold a valid driver’s license with an ‘I’ condition (for ‘interlock’) on it.

To book an appointment or if you have any questions in relation to the installation of an approved Interlock Device please call 1300 461 017. Question in relation to the Interlock condition or Program should be directed to Guardian Alcohol Interlock on 1300 881 005

Petrol Vs Diesel Cars – Pros and Cons

All-New 2012 ML350 BlueTEC 4MATICShould I buy a diesel or petrol car?? This is a question we at Springwood Complete Automotive Services are being asked on a more regular basis, so I thought I would put together a list of some of the basic pros and cons surrounding the difference between diesel and petrol cars to help.

Diesel Engines can be amongst the most fuel efficient cars in Australia. Governments worldwide have been pushing to produce low-emission diesel engines for not only passenger cars but trucks, buses, and industrial equipment. There has been many advances with new low-sulphur diesel fuel, catalytic converters, particulate advanced filters, and other devices to cut down or destroy toxic emissions like Adblue. Adblue is a system that injects a urea and water solution into upstream of the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) reducing the nitrous-oxide emission by as much as 85%.

We all know that diesels get great mileage. Diesel fuel economy is normally 25 to 30 percent better than equivalent performing petrol engines. A diesel engine also delivers as much or more fuel economy than traditional hybrids combinations. Most Car manufactures now also offer diesels with stop start technology like VW’s Blue motion or Ford’s Auto start to name just a few, will only further extending the range of the tank.

Although historically, diesel fuel was cheaper than petrol – in the current market it costs the same amount or more. So as demand for diesel passenger cars increases, diesel fuel prices are likely to continue to increase. Commercial trucks, home and industrial generators, and heating oil, are also increasing in demand placing even more demand. But even if this demand continues to grow, diesel fuel would have to cost 25 to 30 percent more than petrol to outweigh the cost advantage of a diesel engine’s fuel efficiency.

It is true that diesel engines are built sturdier to allow for the strain of higher compression. As a consequence, they normally experience a longer life than petrol powered vehicles before they require major engine rebuilding. The longevity and dependability of diesel engines should be taken into account if the purchase is for the long haul and can help with trade-in and resale values.
It is also true that diesel engines have no spark plugs, coils or distributors, but they still need regular servicing to keep them running. You will still have to change the oil, the air, oil and fuel filters. Later model diesel fuel systems no longer require you to filter off excess water of the system, but many cars and light commercial vehicles still have water separators.

Then there’s good old torque, because of the method used to burn fuel, a diesel engine provides far more torque or pulling power to the rear wheels than a gasoline engine does. Extra torque means that most late model diesel passenger cars move much quicker from a standing start than the equivalent petrol powered options. That’s why if you tow a trailer or caravan or love to get off road, diesel is the best option and gives better fuel economy.

So if you don’t mind the smell of diesel on your hands and more money in your pocket, we think it’s a clear choice.
We hope this pros and cons article makes it a little easier to make a decision when you next purchase a vehicle. If you have any questions about whether you should buy a diesel or petrol car, or about servicing and repair related subjects, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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What Checks Should I Do Before a Going On a Driving Holiday?

car in trafficBefore departing on holiday or any long journey go through this simple checklist to ensure a safe and timely arrival:

1. Check all fluid levels including radiator coolant, wiper washer fluid, brake fluid, engine & transmission oil levels, clutch fluid (if applicable) and battery ( if a maintenance type).

2. Inspect battery terminals (as per owner’s manual) for corrosion and tightness.

3. Check tyre pressure when the tyres are cold: recommended tyre pressures are printed on sticker affixed to inside of driver’s side door in most cars (see manual).

4. Check tyre tread. Tread depth should not be less than a match head. Uneven wear may indicate a fault with the steering, suspension or wheel alignment.

5. Don’t forget to check the spare tyre pressure and condition, all too often a common oversight.

6. Check to ensure you have your toolkit including your jack, wheel brace, spare globes and fuses.

7. Ensure your wheel nuts are correctly tightened. Over tightened wheel nuts can prove very frustrating when there is a need to change tyres.

8. Consider a car first aid kit and vehicle fire extinguisher.

9. Check wiper blades for condition of the rubber and ensure the windscreen is clean.

10. Clean headlights and check (high and low beam) tail lights, indicators, brake lights, park lights, stop lights and number plate lights.

11. Check brakes and consult Springwood Complete Automotive Services if the car has a tendency to pull to one side when braking or any other unusual symptoms.

12. Check handbrake by parking the car on a hill, put into neutral and if it does not hold firm, have it checked and adjusted.

13. Check belts. The fan belt and any other drive belts, such as air conditioning or power steering need to be inspected thoroughly for fraying and correct tension so that they do not slip and any belts that are even slightly frayed should be replaced.

Whilst you don’t have to do these checks every day, it pays to do so on a regular basis, because ensuring your car is maintained not only reduces risk of an accident and fatality, it increases resale value of your vehicle.