The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has reversed its decision to make 40 channel UHF CB radios illegal from June 2017
It is estimated there are thousands of UHF, or citizens band (CB) radios on farms and in trucks, caravans and businesses throughout Australia. Upgrading to 80 channel radios was going to cost some businesses tens of thousands of dollars.
The manager of spectrum licensing policy at ACMA, Dominic Byrne, said the two systems are working well alongside each other so the authority had decided to remove the requirement to upgrade to 80 channel UHF sets.
Truck drivers around the country were taken by surprise by the original decision to make the 40 channel radios illegal, according to Rod Hannifey from Dubbo in NSW.