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Repeal to reduce motor vehicle red tape

17 January, 2014

The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs, has approved a comprehensive review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 in the hopes of reducing regulatory costs to business and improving road safety.

"The Act delivers national vehicle standards for new motor vehicles and regulates the first supply of used imported vehicles to the Australian market," Briggs said in a recent statement.

"Having modern and effective streamlined processes is vital for motor vehicle manufacturers and importers whilst ensuring the quality and safety of vehicles for car owners and all road users."

With the Act last reviewed 14 years ago, Briggs stresses the importance of updating its definitions and provisions in order to eliminate red tape.

Briggs stated: "Since the last review there have been significant changes in vehicle technology and the motor vehicle manufacturing industry. We are working to deliver a regulatory system that is in touch with industry best practice, encourages innovation and improves productivity.

"The review will identify options to reduce the regulatory burden on business and improve the safety, environmental and anti-theft provisions of the legislation. These options will be assessed in a Regulation Impact Statement' and public consultations are expected to commence mid-year.

"This is another example of the Australian government's commitment to remove the burden of excessive red and green tape currently stifling the productive capacity of our economy, and is in addition to the 8,000 unnecessary rules and regulations the prime minister has already committed to removing."

Briggs reported that overall the repeal is expected to reduce the "regulatory burden on industry" by roughly $1 billion a year.

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Bill Fell | Monday, January 20, 2014, 4:05 PM
Laws make for direction and harmony in society. We all have to work together in a society of multiple personalities. But, laws made for the sake of making law is a debilitating aspect of governing bodies, many oblivious to the realities of life. My world of the forties to the eighties is long gone. Then we stood up for ourselves without crushing laws that stifle todays society. If we allow the public service to continue to regulate everything we will cease to function as free people To many outside powers influence the workplace that provides the movement of goods and services generated by the few but leached by the many. Lets manufacture and prosper or just sit aside and import from those who work harder.