Road Vehicle Recalls Working Group
On 7 February 2018 the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, introduced the Road Vehicle Standards package of legislation (RVS legislation) into Parliament.
The RVS legislation will benefit industry, the consumer and the regulator to deliver safer roads by modernising current processes. A significant inclusion in the RVS legislation are recall provisions.
The recall provisions under the RVS legislation apply to road vehicles, and approved road vehicle components. They empower the Minister to issue a recall notice for a compulsory recall, and set out the obligations on suppliers in relation to notifying the Minister of certain information about a compulsory or voluntary recall.
If the RVS legislation becomes law, the recall provisions will come in to effect 12 months later, and will be administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (Infrastructure).
Infrastructure is establishing a working group, to be known as the Road Vehicle Recalls (RVR) Working Group, which would provide a forum that:
- enables suppliers to raise issues and experiences of common interest in relation to recalls, and
- facilitates industry-departmental consultation and engagement in relation to the implementation and administration of the recall provisions under the RVS legislation by Infrastructure.
Infrastructure plans to convene the RVR Working Group every two months leading up to the implementation of the RVS legislation. Post implementation, the members of the RVR Working Group will agree on the frequency of future meetings.
Each RVR Working Group meeting will have a pre-determined agenda of questions for the membership to address, on matters such as roles and responsibilities in relation to the notification of recall action to Infrastructure, reporting and performance monitoring, and the training and support needs of industry.
The RVR Working Group will be chaired by the General Manager of the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch within Infrastructure, with the balance of membership to be comprised of:
- Representatives from Infrastructure
- Industry associations
- Five individual industry nominees, and, where relevant
- Other authorities (e.g. the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, or National Heavy Vehicle Regulator)
For transparency and to facilitate further engagement, Infrastructure will publish key RVR Working Group documentation to this website, such as the Terms of Reference, meeting papers and key decisions made.