ACCC needs to review its pram laws
Many of you would have spend hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars on strollers and prams for your children over the years. You may have done so in the hope that oneday, when your children no longer ride in prams, you can on-sell them and recoup some of your hard earned money. New laws enforced by the ACCC, effective 1st July will mean that you cannot sell any prams or strollers that do not comply with the mandatory standards, which include but are not limited to: &acirc;ï¿½&cent; the pram or stroller has a tether strap that connects it to the person controlling it &acirc;ï¿½&cent; the pram or stroller has parking device actuators that are clearly red in colour From the ACCC website: &quot;Penalties for non-compliance with the mandatory standard: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission regularly conducts random product safety surveys to ensure compliance for products subject to mandatory safety and information standards. Penalties under the Trade Practices Act 1974 can be severe on suppliers who fail to comply with these standards. Courts can impose fines of up to $1.1 million for corporations and $220 000 for individuals.&quot; Unfortunately its not just a matter of adding your own tether strap and painting your brakes red yourself. Your tether strap must also comply with their standards. &quot;The length of the strap should be as short as practical, with any loop in the strap having a perimeter of less than 360 mm.&quot; and it &quot;must be permanently and conspicuously marked with a warning in characters not less than 2.5 mm high as follows: WARNING: USE THIS STRAP TO STOP THE PRAM/STROLLER* ROLLING AWAY Prams and strollers must be permanently and conspicuously marked with the below notice in a prominent position in characters not less than 2.5 mm high bearing the following...&quot; and then there are a series of dot points that need to be listed. More can be read here: http://www.accc.gov.au In short, the new laws make it VERY hard for anyone to onsell their prams that have not been manufactured since this date in 2008 and you run the risk of hefty fines if you do. You are also unable to donate or give away your prams to those in need if they do not comply with the new safety standards. All of this means that there will be more prams going to dumps adding to an already problematic landfill issue.