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Thursday, 30 May 2013

RVMA audit finds RV weights, safety chains, external lights common issues

RVMA CEO David Duncan
RVMA CEO David Duncan

The Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Association of Australia Ltd (RVMA) CEO David Duncan says that 23 per cent of manufacturer members have been audited for compliance. The first round of physical inspections/compliance audits started at the end of April.

"The most common issues highlighted during the audit process so far concern weights, safety chains and external lighting", David Ducan said.

RVM Australia accreditation certificates remain current until the date of the manufacturer's next audit (ie initially six months' time).

"Those members who are required to rectify certain matters identified during the audit process are given 10 working days to do so before they receive their certificate", David Duncan said.

"Importantly, there will be no more excuses for manufacturer members not being audited in accordance with their audit cycle because RVMAP has been specifically designed to ensure that every member is audited within one month either side of their next audit falling due", he said.

Editors Note: GoSeeAustralia's report on the RVMAP launch by the Federal Minister for Road Safety, Catherine King is available in the free GoSee library of more 1000 free Information Articles. There is a link at the end of this story.
David Duncan explains RVMAP direction
David Duncan explains RVMAP direction

"RVM Australia has committed to complete an audit of all manufacturer members, regardless of their geographical location, by late August/early September in accordance with another key announcement at the April launch", David Duncan said.

" I am confident that RVMAP is a significantly improved audit/ compliance program compared to our former compliance offering, and it will enable RVM Australia as the peak body for Australia's manufacturing industry to reinforce with the Federal Government our credentials to assist in better managing the importation of RVs into Australia", he said.

Automotive engineer Murray Longe has joined the RVMA technical team. In his role as Contract Technical Adviser, Murray will work primarily on the RVMAP roll-out and other technical initiatives.

RVM Australia has been invited to participate in the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport's review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and associated regulations.

RVMA members now have an opportunity to attend workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport is seeking stakeholder views on the currency and operation of the
RVMAP David Duncan Catherine King Chris Goddard
RVMAP David Duncan Catherine King Chris Goddard

Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (the Act), and its associated Regulations, which are administered by the Department. These views will assist in determining whether the objectives of the legislation continue to meet the aims of government and needs of Australia, and whether the stated objects of the Act are appropriate to serve these objectives.

Introduced in May 1989, the objective of the legislation was to give effect to the Australian Government's commitment to road safety and environmental quality on a nationally consistent basis.

To stimulate discussion and feedback, the Department has released a Consultation Paper and is inviting submissions from any interested parties.

Submissions on the Consultation Paper should be emailed to

All submissions received will be made public through uploading to the MSVA Review website. The closing date for submissions to be received is close of business on Friday, 21 June 2013.

The release of the paper will be supported by a short series of half day workshops to further discuss stakeholder views. The Consultation Paper and details of these workshops and how to register are available on the Review website.

Please see this free Information Article from the GoSee library:

Federal Road Safety Minister launches RVMAP and raises bar for Recreational Vehicle compliance


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