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Post by reecho » Wed, 01 Apr 2015, 19:15

Some of you may know and I have mentioned this on the forum previously that the government is considering changes to the importation of vehicles in Australia.

The recent report given to government has called for a New Zealand style import experience, which will reduce prices for consumers and improve supply.

But these changes will have a dramatic effect for us consumers of EV's.

Come 2017-2018 we should be able to import from anywhere in the world a vehicle less than 5 years old.

The vehicle will have to come under the "world car" category. Pretty much every EV on the market comes under this category anyways. ADR compliance will be streamlined using testing from other markets as a benchmark.

Rather that waiting for the importers to consider EV's for our market, we can get in first.

The local industry will cease manufacturing in 2017. From that point there is no local industry to protect.

That's not to say they will not push back. They will no doubt. The arguments will be that there will be no local backing and cars will not be to a high standard.

But that didn't stop imports from flooding in previously.

One of the best cars I ever bought was a Jap import 1988 Toyota Crown with a 1G-GZE supercharged 2 litre engine. The car was 4.5 grade and one owner. Purchased from the auction house for a measly sum of $275AUD.

Complete with doilies and plastic still covering original trim. Staggering.

With freight etc it was about $4k on the road. Still remember how beautifully smooth it was to drive. Sold it to a collector who tracked me down after a few posts on a forum. Didn't what to let it go but the money offered was crazy not to.

So If you are considering Tesla model S, Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf series II, Smart Fortwo ED, Kia Soul EV, Zero etc. this will be good news.

Pg 165-178 of the following report .....



Harper Report: Parallel Imports

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Post by jonescg » Wed, 01 Apr 2015, 19:22

Will this mean LHD cars may be imported? That will open us up to a crapload more EVs. And I wonder if it will make importing new cars easier? Dealerships won't like it, but they are free to bring them in too. With a bit of luck EVs are about to get cheaper!
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Post by Johny » Wed, 01 Apr 2015, 19:27

jonescg wrote:And I wonder if it will make importing new cars easier?
The report specifically mentions 2nd hand vehicles, not more than 5 years older than the import date and from markets with similar vehicle safety regulations.
One interesting thing is that auto workshops can not bring in more than 100 cars a year. You could make a living bringing in 2nd hand EVs!

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Post by reecho » Wed, 01 Apr 2015, 20:02

Not sure about LHD vehicles but likely that they will be included. You can currently import LHD cars under the current rules...

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Post by jonescg » Wed, 01 Apr 2015, 20:09

I knew the report was specifically about second hand cars, but I guess my pondering was whether or not this will eventually lead to a softening of the regulations concerning new imports. Once you start deregulating these old protective laws, you might as well keep going.

Richard, I thought the current LHD rules only applied to vehicles older than 25 years or something. I might be mixing my state and federal laws here though...
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Post by reecho » Wed, 01 Apr 2015, 20:43

Yes 1989 or older cars at the moment.

So with the changes LHD Teslas could be imported...

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Post by g4qber » Wed, 01 Apr 2015, 20:50

Are stickers needed to drive lhd car in a Rhd country ?
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Post by ZIPPIE11CAR » Thu, 02 Apr 2015, 04:45

Wonder which would work out cheaper with the trade agreements?

US or Japan.

They might use the ruling left hand drive only before a certain age like classics?

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Post by reecho » Thu, 02 Apr 2015, 04:47

IIRC you don't need LHD stickers anymore...

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Post by carnut1100 » Thu, 02 Apr 2015, 23:10

Most places LHD is restricted to older cars.
Japan market EV stuff will be sweet though....

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Post by reecho » Thu, 16 Apr 2015, 19:16

So Jamie Briggs has had a press conference this morning. They have signalled their intention to relax import laws for NEW vehicles LESS THAN 12 MTHS OLD and 4000kms. Used vehicle restrictions will stay in place. Depending how this goes in the senate this change could go through as soon as June 2015...

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Post by Gabz » Thu, 16 Apr 2015, 19:19

so I can get myself an Uk egolf only problem would it would be type 2 CCS
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Post by ZIPPIE11CAR » Thu, 16 Apr 2015, 19:23

Shame there is no changes to second hand cars...

Very disappointing.

But a start I guess

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Post by ZIPPIE11CAR » Thu, 16 Apr 2015, 19:27

I would have liked to see an opening up of models under the SEVs,RAW system.

Not just the limited choice at the moment.

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