Five years of lobbying bears
What new RVSA
will mean to caravan industry
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AUSTRALIA'S peak caravanning body has welcomed new laws which it claims
will transform the industry.
The new Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) ‒
which will come into force next year ‒ has
navigated its final hurdle through the Senate after five years of lobbying
by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
Chief executive Stuart Lamont said it would result in safer caravanning
products and provide better conditions for industry businesses burdened
with having to compete with cheap imported products flouting tough
Australian standards and design rules.
The association has released information explaining
what the new rules will mean for industry businesses:
All manufacturers and importers (over four units annually) will be
required to obtain an approval from the Federal Government to supply RV
product under 4.5 tonne to the market.
All products manufactured or imported (first supplied to market – new or
used and above four units annually) within three weight ranges will be
required to be covered by a model approval.
All products supplied to market (below four units per made) will be
required to be physically inspected by a Government approved facility
against Federal compliance.
All products manufactured or imported will be required to be logged onto a
Register of Approved Vehicles (an electronic database) prior for
individual products will be able to be registered through a state based
registration system. This database will be able to be searchable by
Government authorities and consumers alike.
The Federal Department will have increased powers which include removing
approval to supply to market, fines or the issuing of a recall (which
includes for non-safety related matters).
The rules and logistics which sit below the legislation are still being
worked out through consultative groups, which Caravan Industry Association
of Australia is an active participant within.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia will work with state
associations and industry businesses to ensure that industry is both fully
aware of their obligations and are compliant by the time the law comes
into effect. It will also continue to provide information as it comes to
hand of the rules which sit below the legislation.
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