Component Type Approvals papers released

Yesterday the Department of Infrastructure released two documents explaining how Component Type Approvals will be managed under the new Road Vehicle Standards Act which will come into force next year.

The first of the documents is a draft guide to Component Type Approvals which outlines the process for applying for one under the new legislation.

The second is a discussion paper outlining the proposed process where the test facility that conducted tests on an existing component no longer exists.

This discussion paper outlines a process for manufacturers of components to apply for a registration number by completing a declaration.

The manufacturer will need to provide a test report that demonstrates that the component complies with current requirements.

The report needs to detail that:

  • the testing facility that produced the report no longer exists
  • the component currently produced is identical to the component tested
  • there would be no safety benefit in retesting the component
  • the cost and time frame for testing are both significant.

This is significant progress from the attitude that the department initially took to this issue but HVIA still has some reservations about the proposed approach.

HVIA will attend a teleconference to discuss these papers on 30 April at 11AM AEST.

The Department has asked for preliminary feedback on the documents by COB Monday 27 April.

HVIA will be providing comments but is interested in the views of it’s Members.

Greg Forbes HVIAs Manager Policy and Government relations has circulated the documents to members of HVIA’s RVSA working group today.

If you have not received this email or would like to be added to the working group please contact Greg on 0437923755 or

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