AUSTRALIA'S caravanning industry has slammed suggestions it has free
rein when it comes to building RVs.
"To suggest the industry has little or no regulation or is self-regulated
is rubbish," Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive
Stuart Lamont (pictured) said.
"The system is by no means perfect, however with over 615,000 vehicles
registered in Australia it would be impossible to suggest that some
problems don't occur, and in these situations we urge industry businesses
to make sure they understand and comply with their legal obligations."
There have been frequent calls for a Royal Commission into the industry
which is constantly being criticised for the alleged poor quality of some
caravans rolling off production lines and being imported.
to over 100 design rules, standards & regulations
The Australian caravanning industry counters by arguing that it is subject
to over 100 Australian Design Rules, Australian Standards and regulations.
It is also overseen by state and federal government departments and
authorities with regulatory enforcement based around risk profiles,
reported incidences and risk to consumer safety.
In addition to compliance, buyers have added rights and protection
surrounding unfair contract terms and around warranty and consumer
guarantees through Australian consumer laws, it points out.
The association recently welcomed a Federal Government announcement that
it was looking to introduce even tougher enforcement measures surrounding
trailers, including caravans and other RV products.
Mr Lamont said the news followed over four years of heavy lobbying on
behalf of consumers and industry to generate even better outcomes within
"The industry is made up of many genuine businesses who employ many
Australians and have a strong commitment to manufacturing or importing
product which is not only compliant but which seeks to offer the greatest
level of satisfaction to their caravanning customer," he said.
"These changes contemplated will provide tougher and swifter penalties for
businesses doing the wrong thing, providing greater consumer protection,
and better confidence within those industry businesses committed to doing
the right thing by the consumer."