Changes to motor vehicle repairers regulations 2021

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Motor industry

Information for repairers about the amendments to regulations under the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003

On 25 September 2021, changes were made to the Motor Vehicle Repairers Regulations 2007. Most of these changes relate to the classes of repair work listed in the regulations, and are described below. In most cases, repairers do not need to take any action.

The flowchart [PDF above and image below] shows the changes to the prescribed classes of repair work.

Classes of repair work

The number of classes of repair work has been reduced from 29 to 23. This has been done by making the following changes:

  • merging driveline servicing and repairing work, driveline work, and transmission work to create a new class of driveline and transmission work;
  • merging diesel fitting work and diesel fuel and engine work to create a new class of diesel work;
  • merging tyre fitting (light) work and tyre fitting (heavy) work to create a new class of tyre fitting work;
  • absorbing exhaust system work and steering, suspension and wheel aligning work into the existing class of underbody work; and
  • absorbing cylinder head reconditioning work into the existing class of engine reconditioning work.

The following classes of repair work are now categorised as superseded classes: cylinder head reconditioning; diesel fitting; diesel fuel and engine; driveline servicing and repairing; driveline; exhaust system; steering, suspension and wheel aligning; transmission; tyre fitting (heavy); and tyre fitting (light).

What do repairers need to do?

Repairers do not need to take any action. Existing repairer certificates remain valid. Any repairers certified for a superseded class will continue to be able to carry out the same work.

As part of the transitional arrangements, it is possible to apply for certification in a superseded class until 24 September 2022. From 25 September 2022, applications will only be accepted for the classes of repair work prescribed in the Motor Vehicle Repairers Regulations 2007.

Accessory fitting work

The definitions for electrical accessory fitting work and mechanical accessory fitting work have been narrowed. Certification is now only required for work to install or remove an accessory where that accessory affects the performance, security or safety of a motor vehicle.

What do repairers need to do?

Repairers already certified for electrical accessory fitting or mechanical accessory fitting will not be affected by this change.

Consumer Protection has developed a guide for the repair industry to assist with understanding which accessories may be exempted from certification requirements..

Locksmith work

A new repair class for locksmith work has been introduced, and will cover work required to service, repair or replace a locking or transponder system fitted to a motor vehicle.

What do repairers need to do?

Previously, repairers carrying out automotive locksmithing were required to be certified for either electrical accessory fitting work or mechanical accessory fitting work. Consumer Protection has developed a procedure to allow these repairers to have their certificate reissued with the new class of locksmith work. All repairers certified for electrical accessory fitting work and/or mechanical accessory fitting work will be provided with instructions about the transfer process. If this applies to you but you have not been contacted by 31 October 2021, please contact the Licensing Branch by email at cplicensing@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

Are there any other changes that affect motor vehicle repairers?

Segways and vehicles with a power output of not more than 200 watts will be added to the list of exclusions from the definition of motor vehicle. This will make it clear that any repairs to these goods do not need to be carried out by a certified motor vehicle repairer.

Why have these changes been made?

These changes are administrative in nature and are intended to streamline processes and reduce costs for industry, consumers and government.

What to do you if you need more information?

If you have any questions or would like more information about these changes, please contact Consumer Protection on 1300 304 054 or by email.

Motor vehicle repairers classes flowchart of changes 2021
Motor vehicle repairers classes flowchart of changes 2021, by Consumer Protection

 

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Last updated 04 Oct 2021

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