Questions over ROVER readiness to administer new certification scheme

Work continues on the implementation of the ROVER IT system which will replace the current certification application system, RVCS for vehicle and component certification.

From today 23rd September, the Component Type Approval application module will be made active under ROVER.

The roll-out of each module of ROVER is tied to key legislative implementation milestones in the lead up to the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) being fully implemented.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking reiterated industry concerns regarding the state of readiness of the system.

“HVIA and the broader industry have expressed concerns both for the CTA module and the recently rolled out Test Facility application module,” Mr Hacking said.

“The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has undertaken to provide more opportunities to consult with industry to rectify the issues identified in the ROVER system.”

DITRDC has also indicated, that while the CTA module of ROVER will go live today, industry is not compelled to use the system immediately, and can continue to submit certification request via the current RVCS electronic forms.

Industry can continue to use the current procedures under the RVCS for component approvals (namely CRN’s and SARN’s applications) right up until the start of the new Road Vehicle Standard Act which is current scheduled for 1 July 2021.

“HVIA will continue to work with the Department to iron out the issues in ROVER between now and its full implementation,” Mr Hacking said.   

HVIA recommends to its members to continue using the current RVCS application process in the short term, while ongoing remedial work on the ROVER system is carried out. HVIA will communicate progress on this work with its members over the next few months.

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