Following the establishment of the Australian Automobile Aftermarket Association (AAAA) Technical Working Group on Total Joint Mass (GCM), the draft GCM Vehicle Modification Code was published this week by the Queensland Department of Transport and Highways (TMR).
The AAAA explains that the number of customers requesting upgrades of gross combined mass has increased significantly, as larger vehicles and towing loads require modifications to the main vehicle to ensure that motorists are not overloaded; damage to their vehicles or risks affecting road safety.
Although the industry certainly wanted to be able to confidently respond to consumer demands, this was challenging as the path to GCM approval was inconsistent between the Australian states, leading to uncertainty for all participants.
The AAAA then organized an industry forum and shortly thereafter formed a GCM technical working group to develop an appropriate test protocol as a starting point for dialogue with government regulators.
AAAA has been able to bring together respected industry engineers for this process and is now in dialogue with regulators around testing models, and will respond to the TMR project based on the view that good regulation supports responsible engineering.
For more information on the draft code, the AAAA perspective and activities around the draft code, as well as the consultation process that is now open, contact www.aaaa.com.au