The success of the AMEP on a Federal level has opened doors to negotiation which have previously been unavailable to us as motoring enthusiasts. The unity displayed by members and supporters of the AMEP has sent a clear message to those who would see our culture dismantled – we are not a minority, and we will not give up the fight for our right and freedom to pursue our lifestyle.
The success of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (AMEP) comes at an important time in our motoring and political history, and we thank those who are playing their part.
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Aims and Objectives
The Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party was formed with the primary aim of protecting the lifestyle of Motoring Enthusiasts, and to ensure the ongoing rights of those whose passion revolves around the motoring culture.
The aims and objectives of the Party are to:
- Preserve and protect the Motoring Culture
- Unite, recognize and celebrate who we are as Motoring Enthusiasts
- Develop innovative, inclusive Motoring Policy
- Promote motorsport and the need for more venues
- Be a significant contributor to the Road Safety Debate
We will achieve these aims and objectives by working together with Government, Industry Groups, Peak Motoring Bodies, and Road Safety, Driver Education, Vehicle Standards and Motoring Experts.
To unite the Motoring Enthusiast Community and Industry to work together to gain recognition for the value of the Motoring Culture in Australia, and to be an integral part of establishing and developing innovative and inclusive motoring policy.
Our strategy has been to position ourselves to be in a place of influence and to be seen as being responsible and open to working with everybody that we can to create innovative motoring policy in Australia.
The focus has been to work towards sensible, workable solutions that will create jobs, grow the industry and provide a better road safety outcome.
This considered approach promotes ‘education and awareness’ emphasizing the social and economic value of the motoring culture in Australia, as we work towards changing the motoring enthusiast stereotype. These are all driven by a vision to create a positive flow-on effect to enthusiasts through sensible regulations and enforcement.
There is an unprecedented opportunity to re-evaluate our current regulatory framework to stimulate the wider automotive industry with the end of domestic vehicle manufacturing in Australia.
Current regulation inconsistencies between states are restricting industry potential significantly. State-based inconsistency and enforcement around modifications are still significant issues to our community. These individual state authority systems, requirements and layers of confusing red tape strangle the Motoring Culture and aftermarket industry by burying users in regulation paperwork that even the best engineers struggle to follow.
Enthusiasts then go on to struggle with the legality of modifications (engineer certificate or not) as they travel interstate. It is lunacy that an Australian vehicle owner can drive a legally certified vehicle in their home state, but then be deemed defective in another. It is time for a national solution. We believe simple changes can be made to support the industry, economy and the Australian Motoring Culture into the future.
National Code of Practice (NCOP) – VSB14
AMEP asserts that the National Code of Practice for light vehicle modifications (VSB14) must be rolled out to all states under an applied law system, rather than the current model law system. This is especially necessary as we continue to harmonize with International Design Rules, to prevent state bodies overruling the national or international vehicle standards with local registration controls. NCOP (VSB14) and VSCCS are widely accepted by industry and enthusiasts as fair, effective, transparent and easy to follow mechanisms for determining the requirements of vehicle modification. This approach can also be applied to personal imports with modifications offering opportunity to cut further unnecessary red tape. Administratively linking NCOP (VSB14) to the MVSA (Motor Vehicle Standard Act) and the NRSS (National Road Safety Strategy), the NSW certifying model (VSCCS) should be included as the basis for operation nationally. This regulatory reform would provide a consistent mechanism for engineer certified modifications giving the automotive aftermarket and motorsport industry scope, certainty and accountability when developing products to market.