Following is the general
process for certifying a motorcycle to the RVCS (Road Vehicle Certification
Scheme) full volume requirements.
certification/homologation process involves the following steps.
of a sample unit for the purposes of testing.
of the model
of certification documentation.
of evidence to Federal Government.
inspection of model type known as SUTI (Single Uniform Type Inspection)
Importation of model.
Specific details of the
requirements are as follows:-
Registration of Licensee, Design and
to being able to import a sample model for testing, the Federal Government
require the manufacturer to be registered as a Licensee and to have the Design
and Production facilities registered. In addition, the following documents must
be provided to the Government.
statement that the manufacturer allows the Government access to the Design and
Production Facilities for the purpose of Conformity of Production (COP) audits.
copy of the organizations ISO 9001 Quality System Documentation or approval
Business plan for the sale of the motorcycles in Australia.
of the proposed use of the test and evaluation unit.
Application for Import Approval for
To get the sample model/s into Australia, an
Import Approval must be applied for. An accompanying letter to the pro-forma
application must be sent detailing that the vehicle will be used for Engineering
evaluation and testing for the purposes of obtaining a Compliance Plate
Approval. You must also attach photographs/specifications and/or web site
details so that the government can verify the model specification. A fee of
$50.00 must accompany the pro-forma application.
The test samples must NOT be shipped until
the Import Approval has been granted. The Import Approval must be given to a
customs agent to arrange clearance.
Before formal testing is commenced it is
recommended that Protech perform an initial evaluation of the model to determine
if there are any physical barriers to the certification ie-dimensional limits in
relation to lighting or equipment fitted. As part of this evaluation, we
highlight any potential non-compliances and their possible solution together
with an estimate of the cost for the solution. This will allow you to determine
of the model would remain financially viable.
Provided the initial evaluation is
satisfactory, full testing then commences.
Upon successful completion of the testing,
the ADR submission is then compiled and submitted electronically.
Single Uniform Type Inspection (SUTI).
A production ready sample must be presented
for inspection by the Government. This inspection would normally take place at
our premises and takes 1/2 day. The inspection verifies the evidence submitted
and basically does the type of inspection we performed at the start of the
Once any SUTI issues are resolved and all the
documentation is cleared, DoIT issue the Compliance Plate Approval. Import of
volume may then commence. Volume units also require an Import Approval from the
Federal Government and must be obtained before the units are shipped.
DoIT have a 34
day approval timing from receipt of the last correct piece of evidence. An example
of the expected timing would be as follows:-
Import Approval 5 weeks
Initial Evaluation 1
Testing 12 weeks
submission 3 weeks
Minimum of 4 weeks after submission received by DoIT
Approval issued:- Approx
2 weeks after SUTI successfully completed.
The approximate project
time from the landing of a sample vehicle to approval would be approximately 24
This assumes that all tests pass first time and that little or no development
time is required.