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Monday, 20 August 2001
Page: 29803

Mr Gibbons asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 4 June 2001:

(1) Will small businesses importing only several vehicles each year to convert to right-hand drive have to close down their businesses due to the costs imposed by the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme.

(2) Will he put in place measures to assist small businesses to remain viable.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No.

(2) The Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme is designed to facilitate the importation and supply of a number of specialist and enthusiast vehicles. The concessions currently in place to assist small businesses in the low volume scheme will also be applied to the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme. These concessions are:

- exemption from the $12,000 per vehicle special duty applied to full volume used imported passenger cars

- exemption from the expensive destructive vehicle crash testing

- required to comply with vehicle standards at time the vehicle was built rather than at date of importation as for full volume suppliers.