The peak body representing franchised new car Dealers has welcomed the passage of the Road Vehicle Standards Bill through Parliament.
After a nearly five-year long review process, the Bill has passed Parliament, and work can begin on the underlying regulations which will inform Australia’s vehicle standards and import regime.
“I congratulate the Government and the Opposition for the bi-partisan approach they have taken in relation to this legislation,” said AADA CEO David Blackhall.
“Following the passage of the Bill, the AADA will now focus on supporting the development of the underlying regulations to make sure that greater numbers of grey imports do not come into Australia”, he said.
“Expanding the number of used cars coming into Australia is not in the public interest and we will be seeking assurances that the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle scheme (SEVs) does not allow used car imports to come in via a backdoor channel”, he said.
“The SEVs offers imported vehicles concessions against national vehicle standards and should be used for vehicles which are truly specialist and enthusiast in nature rather than used mainstream cars”, he said.
“There are real concerns around provenance and safety of imported used cars vehicles, which have been sharply highlighted recently by the Takata airbag recall”, he said.
“The Government has already rejected the potential for used car imports through its responses to the Competition Policy Review and the inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Automotive Industry”, said Mr Blackhall.