The New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has announced a new scheme which aims to streamline the assessment of modified vehicles, while reducing the incidence of fraud.
The new VSCCS or Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme, came into effect on December 19. Under the new scheme, RMS will license qualified people to inspect modified vehicles.
The scheme does not change the existing vehicle standards and the rules regarding modifications have not been changed.
The VSCCS replaces the current Engineering Certification Scheme, which was considered out-dated, paper-based and open to manipulation.
“Up to 30 per cent of examiners previously were uninsured or under insured. The VCSSC will end this problem,” Director of Regulatory Services Peter Wells said.
Licensed VSCCS certifiers will be subject to background checks by RMS and regular auditing to ensure high standards of professional service and to minimise the opportunity for fraudulent behaviour.
The scheme ensures that all VSCCS examiners have the requisite skills and knowledge required to undertake vehicle inspections, and that they also have adequate professional indemnity and public liability insurance in place.
Under the VSCCS licensed examiners will inspect modified vehicles. If a modified vehicle complies, the VSCCS certifier will provide a certificate which confirms the modifications meet standards.
The VSCCS will also save time for the customer and provide greater convenience.
“For example, under the VSCCS certifiers will send the results of their inspection direct to RMS. This means customers no longer need to visit a motor registry to present their certificate or have their vehicle inspected by an authorised inspection station, unless it is unregistered," Wells said.
RMS will also work to ensure that there are clear guidelines in place for owners wanting to modify their vehicles.
“RMS will ensure there is clear information available to vehicle operators about the steps they need to take to have their vehicle certified and when they need to have it inspected," Wells said.
“RMS is working to publish the list of modifications requiring certification and will soon be calling for comment to help finalise a draft list of important modifications which should be subject to mandatory inspection."
NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, has accepted an invitation from the Australian Confederation of Motor Clubs to attend the inaugural Motor Enthusiast Conference at the Eastern Creek International Raceway on Sunday 26 February 2012.
The Minister is keen to hear how the state government and its agencies can better work with and support motor enthusiasts in NSW in the future.
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