How does the legislation regulate the safety of automotive gas fitting work on an automotive gas fuel system?
The following definitions from the Gas Safety Act 2019 (the Act) and the Gas Safety Regulations 2021 (The regulations) are applicable to automotive gas fitting work:
- automotive gas fuel system means a gas system that supplies gas as a fuel to an internal combustion engine for the main purpose of propulsion, regardless of whether or not the gas is supplied concurrently with another fuel
- automotive gas-fitting work means work associated with the installation, service and repair of an automotive gas fuel system in motor vehicles, or in industrial equipment, in accordance with applicable standards, codes or determinations
A person who carries out gas-fitting work on an automotive gas fuel system or proposed automotive gas fuel system must ensure that:
- they are an automotive gas-fitter with an automotive gas-fitting qualification that authorises the holder of the qualification to install automotive gas fuel systems,
- the automotive gas fuel system is installed in accordance with the applicable standards, codes, determinations, and any manufacturer's recommendations that are not inconsistent with the applicable standards, codes or determinations,
- the gas installation is not made unsafe during the gas-fitting work, and
- the gas installation is safe for use on the completion of the gas-fitting work.
What do automotive gas fitters need to do?
The Regulations require automotive gas-fitters who have installed an automotive gas fuel system to:
- attach an automotive gas-fitting work compliance plate in a conspicuous position; and
- provide a return to the Director of Gas Safety. A return must be submitted within 10 days after the end of each month and specify the details of each automotive engine that the automotive gas-fitter has converted to an automotive gas fuel system within that month.
How to I comply?
Automotive gas-fitting compliance plate
An automotive gas fitting compliance plate is required to be in a form approved by the Director.
An automotive gas fitting compliance plate is a durable aluminum plate that captures the information similar to below. Information can either be stamped or scribed directly onto the plate.
Above: an example of information on an automotive gas fitting compliance plate
Automotive gas fitting compliance plates are available for purchase through the Tasmanian Automobile chamber of Commerce (TACC), 200 New Town Rd, New Town TAS 7008, (03) 6278 1611, email@example.com, https://vacc.com.au/TACC.
Automotive gas-fitting return
A return for automotive gas-fitting work is required to be in a form determined by the Director. A return must be submitted within 10 days after the end of each month and specify the details of each automotive engine that the automotive gas-fitter has converted to an automotive gas fuel system within that month.
It is intended that the return will be similar to the template provided below, including the automotive gas fuel system information to be captured. Noting that the information contained in a return will be entered into a searchable database, the information contained in the proposed return template is deemed to provide valuable information in the event of a component or system recall, or similar event.
Returns can be downloaded from Gas Safety Regulations 2019 Reg 79 Automotive Gas Fitting Monthy Return.DOCX (DOCX, 40.8 KB)
The monthly return should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or posted to the Director of Gas Safety PO BOX 56 Rosny Park TAS 7018 within the prescribed time frame.
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