RMS flags J and P code modifications deadline


Certification must be made by a licensed authorised vehicle examiner from next month

RMS flags J and P code modifications deadline
Peter Wells says 5,000 trucks a year would need certification.

 

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has sought to remind the industry of the enforcement deadline for all J and P code modifications in New South Wales.

These must be certified by a licensed authorised vehicle examiner (AVE) from July 1, with fines of up to $2,200 for non-certified modifications after that date.

For modified and non-standard vehicles, including individually constructed vehicles, a heavy vehicle J code modification includes simple body mountings and a P code modification includes tow coupling, fifth wheel and king pin installations.

AVE’s licensed to certify heavy vehicle modifications in NSW are third-party providers enrolled in the Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme (VSCCS) or VSCCS and VSCCS J and P.

"The introduction of the HVNL a year ago required the certification of these types of modifications to fully comply with the national law," RMS safety and compliance director Peter Wells says.

"The new requirement meant about 5,000 trucks a year would need certification, providing opportunities for new certifiers to become licenced to carry out J and P code certification.

"Some existing approved VSCCS authorised vehicles examiners are automatically qualified to certify J and P code modifications but industry feedback indicated the number of certifiers was not sufficient for the estimated increase in the volume of modifications.

"Roads and Maritime worked with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to provide a grace period until 30 June this year to allow time to increase the number of suitably qualified licensed certifiers.

"The Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme J and P was developed to improve customer access to licensed certifiers."

The scheme was developed in consultation with the Motor Traders Association, Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers and other industry organisations to address the impacts including the training and educational requirements needed to obtain certification.

MTA NSW CEO Greg Patten backs RMS in recognising the need to provide an alternative to the original Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme.

"Roads and Maritime was instrumental in acquiring National Operational Advice from the NHVR which led to the establishment of an industry committee representing affected stakeholders," Patten says. 

"Roads and Maritime worked with the committee to develop an acceptable procedure to address the issue of J and P code modifications before the enforcement deadline."

RMS  says more certifiers are needed and encourages mechanics, mechanical engineers and other similarly qualified people interested in participating in the scheme to contact its enrolment processing unit at ais@rms.nsw.gov.au or 1300 79 11 86 for the requirements for entry and benefits of joining the scheme such as increased business demand.

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