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ARTSA backs RVSA delay

  • Posted on Thursday 4th, July 2019.

The Federal Government has announced a proposed change in the commencement date of the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) which was due to commence on 10 December 2019.

Amending legislation is expected to be introduced into Parliament this week.

Martin Toomey, Chair of the Australian Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA), said it is pleasing that the Government listened to the industry’s strong message about more time being needed. 

"We remain hopeful that Parliament will pass the amending legislation and ARTSA remains fully committed to these important reforms, however, it is important that any new legislation should not adversely impact the competitive situation of Australian suppliers with respect to overseas manufacturers or the continuity of supply of compliant components and vehicles to the market.

“Overall we should applaud the Department for this result for our industry as it shows the effectiveness of having a consultation framework which promotes industry associations engaging with the Department.

"We will continue to work with Government to make sure that the implementation of RVSA will have minimum impact on businesses day to day operations," he said.

The Government has advised that it will seek to set a new commencement date in consultation with all affected industry sectors.

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In other news, ARTSA member, Dr Peter Hart, will highlight the key causes of truck fires at a heavy vehicle fires conference on 15 August at Royal Randwick in Sydney.

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