Companies and individuals that test road vehicles and road vehicle components should apply for a testing facility approval under the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation now.
Having an approval brings immediate benefits, as applicants for vehicle type approvals, component type approvals and Model Report approvals will need to obtain test reports from approved testing facilities to demonstrate they comply with applicable national road vehicle standards.
Importantly, if an existing test facility is granted an RVS approval, test reports it prepared while registered in the Road Vehicle Certification System (RVCS) will still be able to be used as supporting material for applications made under the RVS legislation to demonstrate compliance with applicable standards. This means your clients can rely on the results of any testing you conducted in the past.
Your RVS approval will also be publically available on a List of Approved Testing Facilities – visible to anyone who needs access to a testing facility.
On 1 July 2021, the RVS legislation – which is replacing the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) – fully commences. By applying early, you reduce the risk of getting caught in the rush of last minute RVS applications and possible delays in granting of approvals.
Also, if you wait until after 1 July to apply, you risk having an ‘in between’ period where your previous test results are no longer valid and an RVS approval has not yet been granted. In that time, you will not be able to conduct testing as an approved testing facility.
More information about testing facilities under the RVS legislation is available on the Testing facilities web page.