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.
In November 2020, the Federal Government RVSA Implementation Team published the Guide to Light Trailers – Overview which provides high level important information for light trailer manufacturers and importers. The Department has also released a document which provides a summary of the regulatory changes that will affect Low ATM trailers (light trailers) which can be viewed here.
What affects will the RVSA have on Industry?
The RVSA (once fully in force) will provide 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 Towable Recreational Vehicles will be particularly affected, as all trailers (including Towable Recreational Vehicles) under the new act (RVSA) will need to hold federal government approvals.
Towable Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers will no longer be able to “self-certify” and provide trailers to market simply in accordance with VSB 1. All importers and manufacturers (supplying more than 4 units per year) will need to register with the Federal Department and obtain a type approval for the model of trailer they wish to supply or manufacture.
Upon commencement of the RVSA, all manufacturers and importers of light trailers moving forward will need the appropriate type approval/s to continue to supply to market.
Furthermore, each and every vehicle and trailer will need to be recorded on the online Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV). Vehicles and Trailers (identified by VIN) which do not appear on the RAV will not be able to be registered by State Transport Authorities.
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.