The Turnbull Government will introduce the Road Vehicle Standards Bill into Parliament before the end of the year, with a view to it taking effect by 2019.
This follows a review of the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act conducted from 2013 to 2015, the announcement of the changes proposed in response to the review in February 2016, and extensive industry consultation since that time.
The new Bill introduces reforms to modernise and strengthen the laws governing road vehicles when first supplied to the Australian market; clarify vehicle recall arrangements; accelerate harmonisation of vehicles with international standards; and provide more choice through streamlining and consolidating the regulatory pathways through which non-standard vehicles are imported.
The new Act will better protect the community when it comes to vehicle recalls, by mirroring the safety recalls provisions in the Australian Consumer Law. This means vehicle recalls provisions will apply to all road vehicles sold in Australia, whether private or commercial.
The Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA) and its State and Territory Motor Trades Association and Automobile Chamber of Commerce Members welcomes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) decision to recommend a mandated scheme to allow the nation's mechanical and motor body repairers fair and reasonable access to repair information.
The recommendation, contained in the ACCC interim New Car Retailing Market Study report issued this morning, acknowledges the significant advocacy, representation and leadership MTAA and Members have provided on behalf of its thousands of member businesses.
A landmark report launched today by Senator Nick Xenophon reaffirms an urgent need for a coordinated whole-of-industry policy and actions to address current and emerging issues in the Australian automotive industry.
The report, ‘Directions in Australia’s Automotive Industry 2017’ confirms that Government inaction risks the industry’s $37.1 billion (2.2% of Australia’s GDP) annual contribution to the Australian economy.