Vehicle modification industry welcomes new scheme

22 December 2011

The vehicle modification industry has welcomed the new Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme (VSCCS) which will streamline the assessment of modified vehicles.

The VSCCS replaces the Engineering Certification Scheme.

The new scheme administered by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) improves consumer protection, vehicle safety and provides greater certainty for all parties.

"The VSCCS provides greater protection for road users and creates a more streamlined method for people to have certificates issued,” Motor Traders Association CEO James McCall said.

"The MTA believes better regulation of compliance certificates will be achieved under the new scheme.  It was long overdue for an update".

The new scheme does not change the existing vehicle standards, but improves the way vehicle modifications are checked and certified. 

Executive Director of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, Stuart Charity, is pleased vehicle  standards will not be varied. 

“It is a significant benefit for vehicle modifiers to have the difficulties of the old certification scheme addressed through the VSCCS,” he said.

“Every modified vehicle owner has an obligation to ensure their vehicle complies in order to protect themselves, their passengers and other road users.”

Under the VSCCS, RMS will license qualified and skilled people to inspect modified vehicles. If a modified vehicle complies, the VSCCS certifier will provide a certificate which confirms the modifications meet standards.

“As the VSCCS gathers momentum, I see NSW motorists benefiting from improvements in certification services, with greater access and a streamlined process for the certification of vehicles,” Mr Charity said.

“With the VSB 14 now being available as a guidance document, vehicle modifiers have clear direction on requirements to obtain certification.

“The AAAA looks forward to continuing to work with RMS by streamlining the process to carry out reasonable and safe modifications of vehicles.”

The new scheme assures customers their vehicle is being certified by a person who has the appropriate qualifications, skills and experience to do the job, is backed by professional indemnity and public liability insurances and retains accurate records of the certified vehicle.

It also puts greater safeguards in place to prevent fraudulent certifications and missing records.

There have been two cases where certifiers have admitted in court they issued fraudulent certificates. 

In one case, a certifier accredited in a number of different states including NSW, pleaded guilty to falsifying 26 certificates. He was fined $9,000. 

In the other case, a NSW accredited certifier admitted to issuing 20 fraudulent certificates to register imported high performance vehicles between 2005 and 2008. 

Anyone wishing to become a licensed certifier will be subject to background checks by RMS and regular auditing to ensure high standards of professional service and to minimise fraud.

To find out if a vehicle requires inspection or to find a licensed certifier visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/vsccs.

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