The purpose of this communication is to outline actions that JOST Australia (JOST) is taking to comply with new legislation under the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA). The RVSA replaces the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) effective 1 July 2021. Please note, this is only how JOST sees the implications to us in our role as a manufacturer/supplier of coupling components and King Pins – all firms should seek advice on how the new legislation impacts them. [i]
Components that use Component Registration Numbers (CRN) or SARN approvals to demonstrate compliance with Australian Design Rule legislation (ADR) under the MVSA must now meet a different set of requirements to comply with the RVSA, for them to be issued with a new Component Type Approval (CTA) number. The CTA replaces CRN. Components with ECE approval numbers do not need a separate CTA.
Similarly, the RVSA has implications for OEM Manufacturers of Truck and Trailers (OEM) that currently use Identity Plate Approvals (IPA); these will transition to a new system of Vehicle Type Approval (VTA) from 1 July 2021.
If the component is to be used by an OEM for fitment using an existing IPA design that has been registered with the MVSA before 1 July 2021, then the OEM can continue to fit a JOST coupling / King Pin with the existing JOST CRN until 30 June 2022. However, if the OEM is fitting a JOST coupling / King Pin to a new VTA design registered after 1 July 2021, then the OEM must fit the JOST coupling with its relevant CTA or ECE number.
Please note components supplied for aftermarket / replacement fitment do not need to comply with this aspect of the RVSA, because the RVSA applies only to new OEM manufacturing production. In this instance, they will continue to be governed by the requirements of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
As most JOST Couplings and King Pins have an existing ECE number, they already comply with the RVSA and are not required to have a separate CTA. In addition, JOST is submitting separate CTA applications for some components that are specific to Australia road freight applications (so do not necessarily have ECE approvals). These applications will be supported by evidence of Conformity of Production and dedicated laboratory test results. CTA numbers will be published as soon as they are available. In the meantime, and as stated above, OEM can continue to use JOST CRN numbers for their IPA designs registered with the MVSA by the 30 June 2021 deadline.
Finally, JOST will not be applying for a CTA on some JOST branded tow-eyes and the entire range of Buyers branded tow couplings. We will continue to make these available as aftermarket / replacement parts, as well as for continued OEM IPA designs under the conditions above.
If you have any further questions, please discuss with your JOST sales representative who will be happy to help.
[i] See https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/rvs/index.aspx and/or discuss with industry association (HVIA, TIC etc)