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Australia: Refreshed Vehicle Standards to Be Delayed
Source: https://www.9news.com.au
Source Date: Monday, September 09, 2019
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: Australia
Created: Sep 10, 2019

It will be another two years before Australia's decades-old motor vehicle safety standards are refreshed. Laws creating the new system passed parliament last December and were poised to begin later this year, but the federal government has successfully pushed back the start date. The draft laws to delay the new regulations were introduced in the Senate in July before passing the lower house on Monday. "We thought it was important - as the government told us then - to get that legislation in place as quickly as possible," Labor's transport spokeswoman Catherine King said during debate on the bill. "They had a year to get all of this in place, but now they're saying: 'Nup, can't do it'." The government argues more time is needed to ensure a smooth transition to the new system.

But Ms King rubbished the government's argument the industry had asked for more time, accusing the coalition of failing to give bureaucrats enough money to update their IT systems to implement the changes. Although Labor criticised the government's handling of the proposal, the opposition ultimately didn't vote against delaying bringing in the new regulations. The new vehicle standards are on pause until July 2021. The delayed regulations include: * A national register of approved motor vehicles. * Requiring manufacturers to mark vehicles to protect against theft and rebirthing. * Giving the federal transport minister the ability to recall any vehicle or vehicle component.

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