Mutant vehicles are licenced by The Jilakin Rock City Department of Mutant Transport “the DMT”. The DMT also licenses vehicles for use by disabled participants. The DMT must balance the desire to have vehicles at the event, with the community standards of keeping Blazing Swan a foot and bike friendly event and maintaining a level of safety. Because of these limiting factors, not all vehicles can be licensed.

The DMT is open at Jilakin Rock City for operator and vehicle licencing (hours: mornings from Monday before event until Friday of the event). The DMT is also available in the months leading up to the event for pre-registrations and build advice related to safety.

This page contains a summary of the rules for the movement of vehicles, and the types of vehicles allowed, in Jilakin Rock City. The Mutant Vehicle and Operator PDF download below covers all of the rules.

How to pre-register

Email dmt@blazingswan.com.au by the 12th of March with the following information:

  • Your motivations
  • Details of mutation(s)
  • How it meets the criteria, where not obvious (see MV criteria on page 4 of the pdf below)
  • Your safety considerations

Use photos or sketches to make your points

What is a Mutant Vehicle?

A Mutant Vehicle is a unique, motorised creation that shows little or no resemblance to its original form, or to any standard street vehicle. Mutant Vehicles are radically, stunningly, permanently (usually), and safely modified from their base vehicle. Sometimes the whole vehicle is made from scratch. “Mutant Vehicle” is an art car classification created by Burning Man. The classification was created because the term “art car” can have a broad definition and the DMT did not want to deem whether or not someone’s creation was “art”.

Mutant Vehicles may include such non-standard motorised forms such as furniture, other non-street vehicles such as a boat or train, animals, or just about anything imaginable. For safety reasons, they must not mimic any type of emergency service or law enforcement vehicle.

Vehicles merely stripped to the frame and engine, and vehicles with minimal changes or temporary decorations, are not considered Mutant Vehicles.

Mutant Vehicles are integral to the culture and community at Blazing Swan. They contribute to the surreal, visual quality that binds Jilakin Rock City together. If you are interested in bringing a Mutant Vehicle to Jilakin Rock City, see the Mutant Vehicle Licensing and Criteria information below.

If you have any questions, read the Mutant Vehicle and Operator Licencing Manual below. If you still have questions please email the DMT – DMT@blazingswan.com.au

Operator licences

Mutant vehicles can only be driven by licenced operators. At the event, after your mutant vehicle is licenced you can get your operator’s licence. The process should take about 10 minutes.

  • You must have a driver’s licence valid in Australia (P plates are okay, L’s are not), we take a copy of it
  • You must read the Mutant Vehicle Driving Protocols and Mutant Vehicle Sound Policy below and agree to abide by them
  • Go over the vehicle’s inspection sheet to cover its particular operation, visibility and hazards
  • We remind you of the potential to lose your vehicle and operator’s licence if you act unsafely

Vehicle types

These tables outline how vehicles are classified at Blazing Swan, and the requirements of each vehicle type. Decorating and mutating vehicles is always encouraged. Pedestrians always have right of way.

Human and low powered vehicles

Vehicle Requirements
Bicycles and other human powered vehicles Lights required for night use
Electrically assisted bicycles (motor under 750W) Lights required for night use
Motorised skateboards, small, stand-up (no seat), one-person style “skateboards on wheels”. We encourage you to use an electric model, or one that does not create that loud “buzzz”, which many feel detracts from the event
Stand-up pivoting mast type wind powered vehicles Do not use in crowded areas or at night.
Electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters Lights required for night use

Motorised vehicles

Vehicle Rules
Street vehicles driven to the event When you arrive at Jilakin Rock City you must drive directly to your camp and park there until you leave
Staff, emergency, and law enforcement vehicles These are critical to the functioning of the event and can drive anywhere required
Licenced Mutant vehicles Can be driven during the event by a licenced operator following driving protocols
Vehicles for people with disabilities Usage on a case by case basis

Vehicles Not Allowed to Enter Jilakin Rock City

Any vehicle not listed above, including off-road recreational vehicles, may not enter Jilakin Rock City. If you attempt to bring it to Blazing Swan you will be required to leave it at the Gate in an unsupervised lot, or bring it back home before you enter the event. Be aware that operating these vehicles at Blazing Swan can result in your vehicle being impounded, and your being fined by law enforcement and/or ejected from the event.

Download the full vehicle manual…


Mutant Vehicle and Operator Licensing