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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 386

(Question No. 255)


Senator Chaney asked the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, upon notice, on 8 May 1985:

(1) Has the Government received representations in relation to the importations of tyres that have been banned from other markets because of manufacturing faults.

(2) Are tyres that have been banned from other markets because of manufacturing faults being imported into Australia.

(3) Do standards exist in Australia that local manufacturers of tyres are required to meet for safety or other reasons; if so, are imported products required to meet the same standards; if not, why not.

(4) What action, if any, has the Government taken to ensure that faulty tyres are not offered for sale in Australia.


Senator Grimes —The Acting Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) Neither the Department of Transport, which was consulted on this question, nor the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce are aware of any evidence that tyres banned from other markets because of manufacturing faults are being imported into Australia.

(3) Australian Design Rules 23A and 23B apply to both locally manufactured and imported tyres fitted to new passenger cars and derivatives. There are no mandatory standards for new replacement tyres for either passenger car tyres or for bus and truck tyres.

(4) The Australian Transport Advisory Council, which comprises Federal, State and Territory Ministers with transport responsibilities, is undertaking, as a priority item, a comprehensive review of all aspects of road vehicle tyres.

A recall code to cover tyres is under consideration.