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Low-volume car importers not affected by tariff



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A Bob Brown Minister for Land Transport

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24 December 1991

LOW-VOLUME CAR IMPORTERS NOT AFFECTED BY TARIFF

Importers of motor vehicles who qualify under the Federal Government's low-volume scheme will not be affected by a tariff imposed on high-volume importers by the Government on 2 December 1991.

The low-volume scheme operates as a concession to help reduce certification costs for low-volume imports of vehicles into Australia.

Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, said today that organisations who have established businesses based on a genuine commitment to the principles of the low-volume scheme will not be affected by the tariff.

'The scheme will stay in place to ensure that the Australian public has access to a wider range of vehicles', Mr Brown said.

'Those involved in personal and low-volume imports of vehicles, including cars can rest assured that the Federal Government will not be restricting their traditional operations.'

Mr Brown said he was concerned that the scheme should not be distorted to supply large numbers of vehicles through multiple approvals of similar models for interests seeking to circumvent the spirit of the scheme.

'The low-volume scheme for the certification of used cars under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act will remain just that -— a low-volume scheme', he said.

Mr Brown said he had asked the Federal Office of Road Safety to monitor used vehicle imports to ensure that the scheme continued to function according to the Government's intentions.

'I want to make it clear to all those involved in the import of used vehicles that the government is committed to ensuring that the low-volume scheme is not corrupted but remains available to the importers of genuine enthusiast cars', he said.

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