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PPSA 'Motor Vehicle' Definition Changed

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The definition of ‘motor vehicle’ for the purposes of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (the PPSA) is now narrower, following an amendment passed on 1 July 2014. The change will mainly affect organisations who hire equipment to customers, as some equipment will no longer be a ‘motor vehicle’ under the PPSA. Such items will no longer be ‘serial-numbered’ and consequently, different registration timeframes apply.
The change applies to leases entered into from 1 July 2014 and the change will not affect most common types of ‘motor vehicles’ such as cars, vans, utes, trucks and motor bikes.
The highly anticipated amendment to the definition of a ‘PPS Lease’ (which changes the requirement to register leases of serial-numbered goods from 90 days to 12 months) has not yet been passed by Parliament. For more information regarding these amendments, please read our email alert published earlier this year here or contact our Business Services Team to obtain further advice.

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