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HVIA responds to recall benchmarks proposal

The HVIA has weighed in on the proposal as public comment is now open on the benchmarks for motor vehicle recalls

The Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) says it is supportive of proposed product recall benchmarks as the Department of Infrastructure opens comments on the idea.

The responsibility for vehicle recalls was transferred from the Department of Consumer Affairs to the Department of Infrastructure with the introduction of the Road Vehicle Standards Act.

The extension of the recall provisions to heavy vehicles, including trailers and components, has been in place since the commencement of the Road Vehicle Standards Act in 2021.

Now that the industry is nearing the end of the phase-in period, the department is proposing benchmarks for recall rectification to provide “suggested timeframes for industry to progress and complete voluntary recalls”.

Percentage of vehicles rectified

25%

50%

75%

100%

Priority level: High

6 months

12 months

18 months

24 months

Priority level: Medium or Low

9 months

18 months

27 months

36 months

Proposed Recall Rectification Benchmarks

According to the department, these benchmarks have been informed by research on the performance and progression of recalls within an international context and are based on average rectification rates for Australian recalls.

The HVIA says the department has contacted stakeholders and discussed this issue at the recent RVSA industry webinar (#19 held on February 23) and the department has opened the proposed benchmarks to public comment commencing on March 1 and closing on March 31.

HVIA says it’s supportive of the benchmarks as a means of providing a target for recall completion rates; achieving a 100 per cent rectification rate may not be possible in many cases.

The feedback provided at the industry webinar that the completion of recalls accurate information from state registration systems and cooperation from the public both of which are outside of industry control.

Where recalls are safety critical action by state road authorities to suspend registrations can also assist in completion of rectification.

HVIA is planning to formalise its feedback along these lines but if any member has views on the benchmarks, please contact HVIA’s Greg Forbes.

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