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Industry's peak body welcomes
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AUSTRALIA'S peak caravanning body has welcomed a government
announcement that it will introduce a Road Vehicle Standards Bill into
parliament before the end of this year.
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia congratulated Minister for
Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and his Cabinet colleagues, including
the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, on successfully working
through complex measures with extensive consultation to ensure the Road
Vehicle Standards Act could be legislated.
There will be better identification and a consistent approach to both
locally manufactured and imported products.
Enforcement provisions surrounding what is already one of the toughest
compliance standards globally within the industry will be improved.
It will also mean greater confidence and certainty for manufacturers and
importers seeking to supply product into a highly competitive market.
"We are encouraged that Australian consumers will be better protected
through the strengthening of the laws governing trailers in the Australian
market and thank the coalition for its support for the caravanning
industry more generally." Caravanning Industry Association of Australia
chief executive Stuart Lamont (pictured above) said.
The association looked forward to continuing to work closely with the
government through the legislative process and subsequent implementation
phase of the new provisions.
The announcement came after a four-year review and consultative process of
the 1989 Motor Vehicle Standards Act.
New measures will provide for better consumer outcomes and greater
certainty within industry with more appropriate regulatory enforcement
measures to be introduced.
"The Australian caravanning industry has an exceptional story to tell," Mr
"Caravanning and camping is a dynamic and growing industry, which provides
positive impacts through regional dispersal, job creation and social
The number of caravans and campervans on Australia’s roads has been
steadily increasing over the last six years, with the highest production
levels for more than 37 years.
Combined registrations of caravan and campervans peaked at a record high
of 615,301, which included 554,344 caravans and 60,957 campervans, for the
year ending January 2016. Seventy percent were manufactured in Australia.
Mr Lamont said this was built around consumer confidence in the product
and having the highest safety standards.
The caravanning and camping industry was worth an estimated $19 billion to
the Australian economy annually, he added.
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