Following strong lobbying by Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Australia and Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Victoria, along with other industry stakeholders, the government has decided to push back the commencement date of the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.
Originally scheduled for 10 December 2019, it is agreed more time is needed to fully understand the end-to-end process under the new regulatory structure. This additional time will also allow industry and governments the chance to properly consider, plan and prepare for a smooth implementation.
The revised implementation date is currently unknown as the amended legislation needs to pass both houses of Parliament. It is expected to be introduced to Parliament later this week. The government will then seek to set a new commencement date in consultation with all relevant industry sectors.
It is important to note that until this legislation has been passed by both houses of Parliament, the commencement date of the RVS legislation remains set at 10 December 2019. Accordingly, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development will continue working towards this date, and early commencement of some provisions on 10 September – until such time the amending legislation is considered and passed by Parliament.
CVIAA and CVIAV thanks the government for listening to the voice of industry and moving to a pragmatic solution. We will keep members informed of any further updates.