none

CARAVANS IN DIRE NEED OF SAFETY RATING

13-06-2017
by 
in 

Australia manufactures over 21,000 caravans a year, yet there is no unified safety standard.

Addressing the situation, WA’s Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has called for a five-star safety rating to be introduced for Australian caravan manufacturers, and has said that measures should be put in place to ensure imported caravans are also up to quality.

Papalia says buyers should be able to make an informed choice when it comes to buying a van on the market, and the five-star system which already exists for automotive safety rating is a logical place to start.

“In our country, you can import sub-standard safety caravans,” Papalia said.

“We’ve been looking to engage with the industry to get safety standards recognised at point of sale so people can make an informed choice.”

There were almost 80,000 caravans registered last in WA alone, making this issue of no small priority.

A spokesperson for the Caravan Industry Association said it is constantly working to improve safety.

“The design codes kick in when you’re manufacturing caravans and we’re constantly working with manufactures to improve that,” he said.

After a recent fatality due to a collision between a car and a caravan-towing vehicle, the Caravan Industry Association has expressed hopes that a full inquest into the accident, and caravan safety standards, will push the industry to adopting uniform and rigorous policy.

Related news & editorials

  1. 22.07.2021
    22.07.2021
    by      In
    Cybercrime taps into the vulnerability of business systems and can pose a real threat to a robust supply chain. A sophisticated ransomware attack recently targeted the world’s largest meat processor. Following the business system breach, operations in the US and Australia were disrupted, resulting... Read More
  2. 22.07.2021
    22.07.2021
    by      In
    The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the Earth. As its permafrost ice melts, powerful methane greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, which speeds up global warming in an increasingly destructive cycle.
    Professor Katey Walter Anthony is an Arctic researcher and National... Read More
  3. 22.07.2021
    22.07.2021
    by      In
    A challenge to reduce the assembly times of wind power generator couplings has halved the time and labour taken to do the job – and increased safety as well.
    The Australian Technofast Industries hydraulic fastening company was asked by a US operation of a major European manufacturer to improve the... Read More
  4. 20.07.2021
    20.07.2021
    by      In
    Australia’s manufacturing industry has demonstrated its commitment to growing local jobs and innovation by pledging more than double the Federal Government’s investment into new projects under the latest round of AMGC’s Commercialisation Fund.
    Administered by the Federal Government’s Advanced... Read More
Products
Suppliers