It’s been a busy time at RVM Australia since the official launch in April of the new Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP) by the Federal Minister for Road Safety, the Hon Catherine King MP.
The first round of RVMAP physical inspections/compliance audits commenced at the end of April and almost a quarter of manufacturer members have been audited to date. In conjunction with auditing a manufacturer’s finished vehicle, RVM Australia technical advisers have been apprising members about RVMAP and, in particular, outlining their obligations and responsibilities between audits.
RVM Australia CEO David Duncan said early results had been very promising. “As hoped and expected, the level of compliance at these audits has been high, with the relatively few identified issues of non-compliance being attended to within the 10 working days allowed for rectification so the vehicles involved can receive their accreditation certificate.”
When a member fulfils the RVMAP audit requirements, they are issued with an RVM Australia accreditation certificate that remains current until the date of their next audit, which in this initial phase is in six months’ time. Mr Duncan said RVMAP was designed to ensure that every member was audited within one month either side of their next audit falling due.
“RVM Australia has committed to complete an audit of all manufacturer members, regardless of their geographical location, by September,” he said. “I am confident that RVMAP is a significant improvement on our already respected compliance program. It will reinforce RVM Australia’s credentials, as the peak body for Australia’s manufacturing industry, to work with the Federal Government in better managing the importation of RVs into Australia.”
To assist with the implementation of RVMAP, Murray Longe has joined RVM Australia as a part-time technical advisor. Qualified in automotive engineering and business management, Murray joins Daniel Sahlberg in visiting manufacturer members to conduct RVMAP audits and assisting with all aspects of RVMAP.
With the additional staff resources, Mr Duncan is confident that RVMAP will achieve its targets of being fully implemented across all RVM Australia manufacturing members within its first year of operation.