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The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has raised concerns over recently proposed regulations that could limit the ability of trained auto technicians to service electric vehicles (EVs). Continue reading Proposed Electrical Safety Act change would limit ability of automotive technicians to work on EVs

Between April 19 and May 31, 2023, the Australian federal government received a remarkable 2700 responses to the proposed implementation of a Fuel Efficiency Standard (FES) from a diverse range of sectors, including the vehicle industry, climate groups, consumers, think tanks, unions, regional Australians, and individuals.  Continue reading Who is for and against the fuel efficiency standard including credits for low-GWP refrigerants?

Despite Australia generally enjoying good urban air quality, certain cities are exceeding the goals set by The National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure for fine particles and ozone. Experts have identified the escalating threat of unregulated non-road diesel emissions used in construction machinery as a significant contributing factor to this issue. Continue reading Non-road engines: The next clean air battleground

Results from the 2022-2023 motor vehicle refrigerant survey are in, suggesting a bit of a bounce-back for hydrocarbon refrigerant usage – although participation in the survey was higher with 548 vehicles analysed compared with 500 last year.  Continue reading HC bounceback detected in 2022-2023 vehicle refrigerant survey

Brett Meads (2022-present) As VASA celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, it’s quite an interesting exercise to reflect on just how much change our industry has undergone, and how those changes have influenced the professionalism of those working on the humble motor car. While 1993 saw the official birth of VASA as an industry association, Continue reading VASA presidents reflect on the association’s first 30 years