Car standards and safety to be scrutinised

THE standards governing the safety of cars sold in Australia will face scrutiny this year, with the Abbott government announcing the first review of the regulations in 14 years.

Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs said the review would focus on modernising the regulations, improving efficiency and removing red tape.

Starting immediately, the review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989, public consultations on the potential changes will begin mid-year.

"Since the last review there have been significant changes in vehicle technology and the motor vehicle manufacturing industry," Mr Briggs said.

"We are working to deliver a regulatory system that is in touch with industry best practice, encourages innovation and improves productivity."

Mr Briggs said in a statement it would aim to identify options to reduce regulations and improve safety, environmental and anti-theft parts of the standards act.

However, it will also have a broader remit to investigate the "current and future likely structure" of the motor vehicle industry and how federal laws interact with state regulations.

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