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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 - Australia

Infrastructure in Australia is looking for public submissions on reducing costs and improving safety.  You can make submissions at the link below.

Recently Holden, Ford, and Toyota have announced that they are pulling manufactuering out of Australia. The high costs associated with building cars has made the companies look for alternatives. Losing jobs is always a bad thing, but in a global marketplace, a company has to be able to compete in order to be profitable, and survive.

Also check out this article.  Imported Used Cars Aren’t a Threat to Australia

"On 16 January 2014 the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, approved the Terms of Reference for a comprehensive review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 with a view to reducing regulatory costs to business and individuals and improving the safety and environmental performance of road motor vehicles."


Since the last major review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 in 1999 there has been significant change in the domestic and global environment of vehicle manufacturing, in vehicle technologies and in purchasing preferences of consumers. A copy of the 1999 report is available for viewing:
In 2013 a Public Consultation process was conducted by the Department to seek feedback from interested parties on the need for a review and on the currency and operation of the legislation.

The 2014 Legislative Review

The 2014 review will involve a submission process along with public consultations on possible future options for the Act. An Options Discussion paper has been prepared and a number of public workshops will be used to facilitate this process. The public submissions will be used to develop recommendations to Government and to prepare a Regulation Impact Statement.
Further updates on the status of the review will be provided on this website and enquires can be made via the MVSAreview@infrastructure.gov.au email address.

2014 Options Discussion Paper

On 4 September 2014 the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, released an Options Discussion Paper for the review of the Act and called for submissions from all interested parties.
The Options Discussion paper is now available for download. The Options Discussion paper outlines the problem, considers the need for government involvement, identifies some broad options and poses a number of questions for stakeholder responses. Stakeholder feedback is a crucial part of a Regulation Impact Assessment process and will help design the options that are taken forward to Government later this year. A separate document has also been prepared summarising the questions within the Options Discussion paper to assist contributors in framing their submissions.

Public Submissions

The closing date for submissions on the Options Discussion Paper is COB Monday 20 October 2014.
Written submission should be emailed to MVSAreview@infrastructure.gov.au. An acknowledgement email will confirm that your submission has been received.
Received submissions will be made publicly available on the Department's website unless the submission is marked confidential by request or as a result of being determined by the Department to contain private or confidential information.
Please also indicate if you wish either your personal identity and/or your paper (in part or full) to be confidential.
All submissions provided to the Department will be given consideration in the conduct of this review.


Public workshops will be held for any interested person or organisation to discuss the content of the Options Discussion Paper in the following cities:
  • Sydney (Parramatta), Tuesday 23 September 2014—afternoon
  • Brisbane, Wednesday 24 September 2014—morning
  • Melbourne, Friday 26 September 2014—morning
  • Adelaide, Wednesday 1 October 2014—morning
  • Perth, Thursday 2 October 2014—morning
Additional places are now available for these workshops
If your preferred workshop fills, please go onto the waiting list so that you can be contacted if additional sessions are held or there are cancellations.
Note that you are encouraged to bring your own copy of the paper to the workshop, as additional copies will not be available.
Please note, places at these workshops are limited. For more information or to book in for a workshop, please go to the attached booking site atwww.eventbrite.com.au/o/mvsa-review-6940182573.

Friday, September 12, 2014

49 CFR Part 565 - Code of Federal Regulations - AKA the Worst Chose Your Own Adventure Book Ever

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 49 - Transportation

Volume: 6Date: 2011-10-01Original Date: 2011-10-01Title: Section 565.14 - Motor vehicles imported into the United States.Context: Title 49 - Transportation. Subtitle B - Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued). CHAPTER V - NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. PART 565 - VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN) REQUIREMENTS. Subpart B - VIN Requirements.

 565.14Motor vehicles imported into the United States.(a) Importers shall utilize the VIN assigned by the original manufacturer of the motor vehicle.(b) All passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, low speed vehicles and trucks of 4536 kg or less GVWR certified by a Registered Importer under 49 CFR part 592 whose VINs do not comply with part 565.13  and 565.14 shall have a plate or label that contains the following statement, in characters that have a minimum  height of 4 mm and the identification number assigned by the vehicle's original manufacturer  inserted in the blank: SUBSTITUTE FOR U.S. VIN: _____ SEE 49 CFR PART 565. 
The plate or label shall conform to § 565.13 (h) and (i). The plate or label shall be permanently affixed inside the passenger compartment. The plate or label shall be readable, without moving any part of the vehicle, through the vehicle glazing under daylight conditions  by an observer having 20/20 vision (Snellen)  whose eye-point is located outside the vehicle adjacent to the left windshield pillar. It shall be located in such a manner as not to cover, obscure, or overlay any part of any identification number affixed by the original manufacturer.  Motor vehicles conforming to Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 115 are exempt from this paragraph.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Fined $256,000 for Violating Air Pollution Laws

Yes that headline is correct. The state fined the County for air pollution law violations. 

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board fined the Los Angeles CountyDepartment of Public Works $256,375 for failure to comply withCalifornia air quality regulations.
A routine investigation by ARB’s Enforcement Division documentedthat LADPW failed to:
Properly self-inspect its diesel trucks to insure they met statesmoke emission standards;Properly affix Emission Control Labels on the engines of theirfleet vehicles;Follow requirements of the Transit Fleet Vehicle and PublicAgency and Utility Rules.

“This significant fine reflects the serious nature of LADPW’sviolations,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “We holdpublic agencies accountable for their mistakes the same as we doprivate businesses. We hope that this fine sends a message topublic and private fleet managers that they must follow the lawand maintain their vehicles and records properly.”
LADPW provides regional bus service for Los Angeles Countyresidents and also operates a public works fleet to maintainroads and county infrastructure. Following ARB’s investigation,LADPW realized that the transit and public works fleet requiredmore hands-on management and its staff have since worked with ARBto ensure that both fleets are in compliance.
As outlined in the settlement agreement, the LADWP paid$192,281.00 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, whichprovides funding for projects and research to improveCalifornia's air quality, and $64,094.00 to the Peralta CollegesFoundation to fund diesel education classes conducted by LosAngeles Trade Tech College under the California Council forDiesel Education and Technology (CCDET) Program.
As part of the settlement, LADPW must also comply with thefollowing:
Ensure that staff responsible for compliance with diesel truckmaintenance attend CCDET diesel education courses;Instruct vehicle operators to comply with California idlingregulations;Ensure that trucks have the most recent low-NOx softwareinstalled;Provide documentation to ARB that smoke opacity inspections arebeing conducted for the next three years; andEnsure that all 1974 and newer diesel-powered vehicles are up tofederal emissions standards for the vehicle model year and areproperly labeled with an Emission Control Label.

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and more than40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, Californiaidentified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminantbased on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and otherhealth problems.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Registration and Title Guidelines for Vehicles Over 25 Years Old

International Vehicle Importers (IVI) will provide all the necessary legal documents needed to title and register your over 25 year old vehicle in most states. We recommend using a DMV service, if available, to help you with the process. Imported vehicles are out of the normal for most clerks, so having a service take the documents for you, helps. AAA, or look up “Registration Service” to see if anything is available locally.   The documents are as follows:

1. Customs Entry Summary (Customs Clearance)
7501 - Entry Summary (can be paperless)
For multiple vehicle entries, the information may be over two pages.
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3461 - Entry/Immediate Delivery Document(can be paperless)
For multiple vehicle entries, there may be only a single original of this document.
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2. DOT Entry Document- HS7 (this is not a requirement for paperless entry)
The HS7 is the NHTSA entry document for customs. Now days, with paperless entries, you might find that this document is not stamped by US customs.

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3. EPA 3520-1 Entry Document
The 3520-1 is the EPA entry document for customs. Now days, with paperless entries, you might find that this document is not stamped by US customs.

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4. Export Certificate (also called Deregistration certificate)
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The Export Certificate is the Japanese equivalent of a title. It has all of the vehicles pertinent information on it.  In the top middle of the document is the date of first registration. If a date of manufacture can not be determined, then this date can be used to prove the vehicle is over 25 years old, and FMVSS exempt. In this case the date of first registration is given as 6/1989.  The last box at the top has the chassis number. In this case it starts HCR32, showing this vehicle is a Nissan Skyline GTS. Right under there is the engine or RB20.  The owner and user with addresses are listed in the next section.  Under that is the cars dimensions and weight. Under that section are notes. You will often see mileage information here. This is a very important document, please do not lose it.

Translated copy of Export Certificate
Same items as on the Export Certificate, translated into English

5. DMV Document
Bill of Sale - Noting VIN, Purchase Price, Seller, and Buyer

Every state has its own requirements, fees, inspections, and taxes when it comes to titling and registering a vehicle. Prior to purchasing any vehicle, we highly recommend checking with your local authorities to verify the procedure, and documents required.

In most cases, the only documentation needed to transfer registration of the vehicle from us to you is the documentation above. Some states may require a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification. A 25 year old Japanese car doesn't have a 17 digit VIN/Chassis number. Vehicles over 25 years old are not required to meet FMVSS standards, so they aren't required to have a 17 digit VIN. Some states may have some specific title requirements, but please read this newsletter from the NHTSA before they "assign" a VIN to your vehicle.

Please make extra copies of the documents we provide for your records. The Japanese Export Certificate/Deregistration is not reproducible. Please do not lose it, there is only one original.

California - California has some specific Direct Import requirements that make it very difficult to register a vehicle. Please see this DMV newsletter. http://www.importavehicle.info/2014/06/california-vehicle-industry-news-2014-14.html

Hawaii - Hawaii has some specific requirements that make it very difficult to register a vehicle. Please see the following post about Hawaii regulations. http://www.importavehicle.info/2014/02/direct-import-vehicles-over-25-years.html

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