A couple of months ago, a little known regulation covering the height at which a number plate is mounted on the back of a caravan stirred up a hornet’s nest of angst amongst the caravanning community.
There was near universal outrage when around-Australia-traveller, Steve Laws, was fined $415 and given three demerit points because the rear licence plate on his Crusader van was sitting 30cm higher than regulations allow.
Now, peak industry body, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), has reacted to concerns that this is not the only regulation that the manufacturers of some rigs are overlooking
In a statement, the association said that, over the coming months, it is to actively undertake Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP) audits and, during its inspections, will focus on recurring issues. It says these issues include:
In order to be accredited, Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers must manufacture products according to all the relevant Australian Design Rules, applicable standards and also to RVMAP’s Code of Practice.
“Caravan Industry Association of Australia wishes to acknowledge the efforts and support of all the manufacturers who have been audited and have taken the necessary action to resolve any audit issues,” said the associate statement. “A big congratulations to the manufacturers who have completed their audit and have been issued with their new Accreditation Certificates.”