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When can a road vehicle component be covered under a Component Type Approval?

Road vehicle components under the RVSA are intended to cover:

  • a component capable of being assessed for compliance with a national road vehicle standard (Australian Design Rule (ADR)) or an equivalent standard, or
  • an assembly of one or more components capable of being assessed for compliance with the applicable national road vehicle standards or an equivalent standard.

Importantly, the component or assembly is capable of being assessed for compliance against a relevant standard only if the standard provides for the assessment of that particular kind of component or assembly and is independent from an assessment of a broader system of the vehicle.

A component that is intended primarily for general sale directly to consumers is not expected to be approved under the RVS legislation.