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

May 30, 2013
RVMA  audit finds RV weights, safety chains, external lights common issues

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

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

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

Those members who are required to rectify certain matters identified during the audit process aregiven 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 inaccordance with their audit cycle because RVMAP has been specifically designed to ensure thatevery member is audited within one month either side of their next audit falling due, he said.

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

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

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

RVM Australia has been invited to participate in the Federal Department of Infrastructure andTransport'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 andBrisbane. The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport is seeking stakeholderviews on the currency and operation of the

David Duncan explains RVMAP direction
David Duncan explains RVMAP direction

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

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

To stimulate discussion and feedback, the Department has released a Consultation Paper and isinviting 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 discussstakeholder views. The Consultation Paper and details of these workshops and how to register areavailable on the Review website.

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RVMAP David Duncan Catherine King Chris Goddard
RVMAP David Duncan Catherine King Chris Goddard