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The event, the Australian Motor Festival, is a
joint initiative of the Victorian Automobile
Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and the Royal
Automotive Club of Victoria (RACV).
VACC Executive Director, David Purchase,
said the Motoring Festival, to be held from
March 26 – 29, will differ from the traditional
display-style motor show, by providing visitors
with multiple opportunities to interact with
vehicles and vehicle technology through test
drives and simulation.
“The Australian Motoring Festival is a new
concept and devised to connect automotive
manufacturers and distributors with the vehicle-
buying public in a new and dynamic way.
“Extensive research shows that people want
to be able to engage and interact with the
exhibits and activities at motoring events and
that’s what we intend to deliver at the
Australian Motoring Festival,” Mr Purchase
To be held over four action-packed days, the
Australian Motoring Festival will combine
displays and exhibits with interactive on and off
road driving/riding experiences.
New, and historic, cars and motorcycles will
be on show, and there will also be aftermarket
exhibits, a major industry conference,
Australia’s Best Car award recipients, the VACC
Automotive Design Awards winners and family
entertainment, including car-themed film
screenings and numerous children’s activities.
RACV General Manager Motoring and
Mobility, Gordon Oakley, said RACV was
delighted to team up with VACC to stage this
“Our organisations have proud histories of
serving Victoria and our respective members,
and we aim to deliver a world-class motoring
event next year in Melbourne.
“The Australian Motoring Festival will
provide a wonderful experience for our members
and their families, with visitors of all ages
treated to a vast array of memorable and
“This will be an entirely new event on the
Australian motoring calendar and it will be a
very different experience from the traditional
motor show,” Mr Oakley said.
VACC represents the retail automotive
industry in Victoria and Tasmania and has
5,500 members. RACV is Victoria’s leading
motoring organisation representing 2.1 million
members who benefit from member savings on
a diverse range of products and services. VACC
and RACV members will receive discounts off
entry to the event.
The Melbourne Showgrounds will host a new motoring event next year in March.
REVIEW OF MANDATORY STANDARD FOR
CHILD RESTRAINTS IN CARS
The mandatory standard for child restraints in motor vehicles – based on the 2000, 2004 and 2010 versions of AS/NZS 1754 –
is currently being reviewed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The review process, which is now closed, proposed to change the
way the ACCC supports the safety of children in motor vehicles using state
and territory road user regulation and the voluntary Australian Standard
The standard - last amended on 7 May 2011 - covers various
requirements for the design, construction, performance, user instructions,
marking and packaging of child car restraints.
Under the mandatory standard, a child car restraint is a device used
together with an adult seatbelt to restrain a child car passenger and reduce
the risk of their bodily injury or death in the event of a car accident. It does
not apply to child restraints designed for children with a disability or to
features that already come with the car.
Suppliers must comply with any one of the 2000, 2004 and 2010
versions of AS/NZS 1754 with variations outlined in the mandatory
Under the Australian Consumer Law, supply includes in relation to goods
- (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase
and in relation to services - provide, grant or confer.
This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying
child car restraints, including manufacturers, importers, distributors,
retailers and hirers.
For complete information about the mandatory requirements for child
car restraints, stakeholders should read Consumer Protection Notice No.
21 of 2011 at www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2011L00721, and AS/NZS
1754:2000, AS/NZS 1754:2004 or AS/NZS 1754:2010, available from
SAI Global at www.saiglobal.com
Suppliers may also find the Regulation impact statement - Child
restraints for motor vehicles and the Explanatory Statement helpful in
understanding aspects of the mandatory standard.
For all information about this review, visit
NEW MOTORING FESTIVAL ON CALENDAR
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