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October 9, 2013 MICE No Comments Email Email

The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA Vic) has moved a step closer to ensuring all caravans and motorhomes exhibited at its shows are compliant with the appropriate Australian standards and regulations for recreational vehicles.

At the recent Melbourne Leisurefest at Sandown, a pilot compliance inspection program was conducted by RVM Australia on behalf of CIA Vic on caravans and motorhomes.Untitled

CIA Vic chief executive officer Rob Lucas said the inspections were designed to ensure the compliance of all RVs on display.

“This is the culmination of a process we began 18 months ago to give consumers true peace of mind when shopping for an RV at our shows,” he said.

“Beginning with our Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow at Caulfield last year, we have been steadily tightening up our compliance requirements for exhibitors.

“For the Sandown show we have taken our compliance program to the next level by conducting a pilot inspection program conducted by RVM Australia based on their Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP).

“We run this show in partnership with the VACC and the Boating Industry Association of Victoria, and compliance is vitally important to all of us.

“The Sandown audits may well set the benchmark for all our shows – the RV & Camping Leisurefest at Bendigo, the Supershow at Caulfield and the Border RV & Camping Expo at Wodonga – after we conduct a full evaluation on the outcomes of the pilot.”

RVM Australia chief executive officer David Duncan said CIA Vic had adopted a streamlined version of the RVMAP physical audit and document checks for its show inspections.

“It is a credit to the Council and management of CIA Vic that it is taking this initiative to ensure true peace of mind for show patrons,” he said.

“I’m pleased to report we found excellent compliance, with few items requiring correction, which is very reassuring for the many thousands of people who attended Leisurefest.”

Mr Lucas said it seemed the RVMAP-based process struck an ideal balance in the quest to give consumers peace of mind while accommodating the logistical realities of conducting a big show.

“We have only two days before the show to conduct all the inspections, so it’s a big job for the RVM Australia technical advisers to cover all the exhibitors,” he said.

“Thanks to the efficiency of the advisers and the goodwill of our exhibitors, we got the job done with the minimum of fuss, so that’s a good thing for exhibitors and patrons alike.”

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