The Federal Government has taken new steps this week to further align Australian Design Rules (ADRs) regulations with international vehicle standards.
In a move that the government says ‘cuts red and green tape’, two United Nations (UN) regulations will be adopted as part of an ongoing reform program.
UN regulation 19 is the first, which governs the design of front fog lamps. A new testing method will be adopted for the lights which better represents their use in the ‘real world’.
The second adoption, regulation 46, allows new types of rear-vision mirror to be introduced while strengthening current mirror testing procedures.
This move is expected to save the local industry around $1 million per year, as items already approved by the UN will be able to be submitted for simple, local approval.
Eventually, the government hopes any future updates to UN vehicle regulations will be automatically adopted by Australia.
The government hopes this move will ensure the latest safety technology is available to Australian motorists “as quickly as possible”.
“We are currently working through further UN regulations that can be applied, in close cooperation with industry as well as state and territory agencies, and will be making more announcements throughout next year,” Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said in a statement.
“These changes are in addition to our recent decision to abolish the requirement for manufacturers to install rear mudguard extensions on new motorcycles, which will deliver $14.4 million in industry compliance and manufacturing savings every year.”
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) CEO, Tony Weber, supported the government’s position.
"We continue to work with the government throughout the harmonisation process to bring ADRs into line with the UN regulations. This will ensure that Australians continue to have access to the latest vehicle safety technology,” Mr Weber said.
Easier ADR approval and the associated savings may eventually lead to cheaper new cars for local buyers, and make the process of one-off ‘grey imports’ simpler.
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