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What is the RVSA?
The Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) is the biggest legislative change the Australian Caravan Industry has seen in over 30 years. For Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers in Australia, the RVSA is set to completely transform the industry as we know it.
The Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) 2018 is replacing the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. The RVSA better reflects the significant changes in global and domestic vehicle markets and improvements in vehicle technologies over the last few decades.
What effects will the RVSA have on Industry?
The RVSA provides industry businesses a level playing field, create a barrier to entry for newcomers and startups, improve the safety and compliance of Recreational Vehicles being manufactured and arm federal government regulators with greater enforcement powers to assist in stamping out non-compliant and more importantly, unsafe Recreational Vehicles making it onto Australian roads.
What are the Key Changes?
Manufacturers and Importers of Low ATM Trailers (Towable Recreational Vehicles with an Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) of 4.5 tonnes or less)) are particularly affected, as all trailers under RVSA will need to hold federal government approvals.
Low ATM Trailer Manufacturers and Importers can no longer “self-certify” and provide trailers to market simply in accordance with VSB 1. All Low ATM Trailers provided to the Australian market for the first time must be entered into the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV). For a low ATM trailer to be recorded in the RAV, Manufacturers and Importers providing more than 4 trailers to the Australian market must obtain a vehicle type approval for their trailer type within a 12-month transition period beginning July 1, 2021.
Campervan and Motorhome manufacturers will also need to transition their current MVSA approvals across to RVSA approvals at which time all vehicles manufactured must also be recorded on the RAV.