Second Stage of Manufacture (SSM) involves modifying or adding to a new vehicle (the base vehicle) to create an alternate vehicle (eg. motorhome). Under the RVSA, type approval holders can modify base vehicles that are on the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) and base vehicles fitted with a Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) identification plate.
SSM performed according to an approval granted under the MVSA can continue in accordance with the MVSA Identification Plate Approval (IPA) until 30 June 2022.
NOTE: MVSA approval holders cannot fit an identification plate to a base vehicle that has been added to the RAV.
Under RVSA, all motorhomes, either as an originally built motorhome or as a Second Stage of Manufacture (SSM) to a completed or base vehicle, provided to the Australian market for the first time must be entered into the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV). For a motorhome to be recorded in the RAV, Manufacturers and Importers must obtain a vehicle type approval for their vehicle type. More information about importing motorhomes can be found HERE.
IS A VEHICLE TYPE APPROVAL REQUIRED FOR EACH MODEL OF A VEHICLE?
No. A vehicle type approval may be issued for a motorhome, either as an originally built motorhome or as a Second Stage of Manufacture (SSM) to a completed vehicle. An application for a type approval for SSM can only be made using one (1) base vehicle. Therefore, separate applications for SSM are required for each different base vehicle approval.
When completing an SSM application, you will be required to use a unique make and model combination different from the base and other approved vehicle types.
HOW CAN I APPLY A VEHICLE TYPE APPROVAL?
From July 1, 2021, all applications for approvals will be managed through ROVER (Road Vehicle Regulator) which is the department’s administration system for the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA).
ROVER provides a single integrated system for all approvals and activities under the Road Vehicle Standards legislation, allowing you to:
- Submit and pay for an application
- Monitor the progress of your application
- Receive and respond to requests for information regarding your application
- Be notified of the decision outcome of your application.
The Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation allows the Department to refuse to consider applications in certain circumstances. Refusing to consider an application means the application is closed without either granting or refusing to grant the requested approval. A guide released by the Department sets out why the Department may refuse to consider an application, how to avoid that happening and what you can do if the department refuses to consider your application. To access the guide, CLICK HERE.
The Authority To Act within ROVER allows an organisation to have multiple tiers of authority to represent the organisation. Multiple tiers are able to represent the organisation for any application or approval request, or for recalls, and are able to see any information pertaining to that organisation contained within ROVER. More information and requirements can be found in the Authority to Act section of this website.
A video providing guidance on how to add design and manufacturing facilities within ROVER can be found under the Videos tab.
Further information about ROVER, including how to create an account, can be found in the Department’s ROVER Resources page.
APPLYING A NEW VEHICLE TYPE APPROVAL
To be eligible to apply for a new Vehicle Type approval, the applicant must be able to demonstrate they fulfil all of the relevant eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are quite strict to ensure approval holders have the necessary skills, capabilities and business arrangements in place to consistently build compliant trailers. The eligibility criteria include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- The Manufacturer/ Importer is able to supply (provide) motorhomes which comply with all the applicable National Road Vehicle Standards – e.g. Australian Design Rules (ADRs);
- The Manufacturer/ Importer has control over all stages of the design, componentry and manufacturing process for the type of vehicle or is able to access information, including information about any changes, relating to the design, componentry and manufacturing process for the type of vehicle that may affect the compliance of the motorhome with the applicable ADRs;
- The Manufacturer/ Importer is able to ensure that the design, componentry and manufacturing process will consistently produce compliant motorhomes;
- The Manufacturer/ Importer has the ability to access the original and any subsequent versions of the supporting information for the approval, provide the information to the Federal Regulators (VSS) if requested and ensure the supporting information is kept up to date; and
- The Manufacturer/ Importer is able to arrange for the Federal Regulators (VSS) to inspect premises used, or to be used, in the manufacturing process for the purposes of assessing compliance with the applicable ADRs and any other requirements of the Act, the Rules, or an instrument made under the Act.
The Vehicle Type Approval applicant must retain all relevant information to support their application.
The application fees associated with obtaining a Vehicle Type Approval for a Motorhome (eg. NA, NB, NC) and entry of trailers into the RAV are as follows:
- Application Fee = $330
- RAV Charge (per Vehicle) = $6.60
- Variation of an RVSA Approval = $140
A video providing guidance on how to use a UN Approval in ROVER to demonstrate compliance with the ADR can be accessed in the Videos tab.
More information about SSM and vehicle type approvals can be found in the Department’s Vehicle Type Approvals webpage.
APPLYING A VEHICLE TYPE APPROVAL UNDER THE OPT-IN ARRANGEMENT
Motorhome Manufacturers and Importers who holds certain approvals under the MVSA can transition to RVSA Vehicle Type Approvals through an Opt-in Arrangement. Under opt-in arrangements, applications are not assessed against the full eligibility criteria for an RVSA road vehicle type approval. Rather, they are approved on the basis of the applicant’s existing compliance evidence satisfying the conditions of the MVSA approval. However, the Department may request further information confirming that you are complying with the conditions of your approval.
Applications for a vehicle type approval under opt-in arrangements are only available in ROVER for the 6-month opt-in period from 1 July 2021 until 11:59 pm AEST, 31 December 2021.
You can indicate the date you want the vehicle type approval to start within that 6-month opt-in period only. A vehicle type approval through an opt-in arrangement will be in force for 5 years, unless revoked earlier.
The Guide to Vehicle Type Approval Opt-in Arrangement encourages applicants to submit application at least 30 days before the nominated start date. This will allow an assessor to validate the applicant’s eligibility for opt-in and reduce the possibility of a period where you cannot add vehicles to the RAV.
An application fee for opt-in is $20.
More information about SSM and vehicle type approvals can be found in the Department’s Guide to Vehicle Type Approval Opt-in Arrangements webpage.
VEHICLE MARKINGS (PLATING REQUIREMENTS)
The RVSA introduces a requirement for new vehicles to carry a Secure Vehicle Identification (SVI) marking. The SVI will replace the previous Identification Plate requirements of the MVSA.
To implement these changes, Australian Design Rule 61 – Vehicle Marking has been updated to include the requirements for SVI as formal identification for new vehicles supplied to market under the RVSA.
The SVI will appear in 2 different forms within Recreational Vehicle Industry manufacturing, depending on the type of vehicle. For more information on these changes – CLICK HERE.