The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) has released two explanatory documents detailing how Component Type Approvals will be managed under the new Road Vehicle Standards Act, which is due to come into effect next year.
Through ongoing consultation with industry stakeholders, DITRDC has been made aware of concerns that there would be significant cost and regulatory burden if testing of a component is required to be undertaken where the test evidence remains relevant, correct and current but the test facility registered in the Road Vehicle Certification System (RVCS) no longer exists.
“For example, it was identified that for some heavy vehicle mechanical connections, the design of the component and manufacturing process for the component has not changed since the original testing was completed and the facility that performed the original testing no longer exists. We understand the length of time required for some of these tests may be many months and even if testing capability exists in approved testing facilities – there will not be sufficient time or capacity to test all components covered by CRNs or SARNs.”
The two explanatory documents are:
- A draft Guide to Component Type Approvals. This outlines the suggested process for applying for approvals under the new legislation and can be viewed by clicking here.
- A discussion paper on RVSA Implementation Consultation Framework. This outlines the suggested process for businesses where the test facility that conducted the original component test no longer exists. It also provides advice for manufacturers on how to apply for a registration number. Further to this, it is proposed that manufacturers will have to provide a test report that shows the component complies with current standards. Click here to view the discussion paper.
Your national heavy vehicle association, Commercial Vehicles Industry Association of Australia (CVIAA) has been advocating for this change on your behalf.
If you have any feedback or questions, please contact your Industry Engagement Specialist, Nathan Groves, by clicking here.