Category: Latest News

Repair data, real-world emission change in the air

Pia Duxbury Monday, 14 August 2017 11:31

Australian independent mechanics and body shops are likely to get compulsory access to manufacturer repair data.

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) and state Automobile Chamber of Commerce members are championing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for recommending compulsory nationwide access to repair information.

The ACCC’s interim New Car Retailing Market Study draft released today strongly advocates for MTAA auto repair and bodyshop members to be provided access to manufacturer vehicle data in order to service and repair, independent of dealerships.

ACCC has issues with BP and Woolworths acquisition

Pia Duxbury Monday, 14 August 2017 11:14

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has flagged preliminary concerns regarding the proposed acquisition by BP Australia Pty Ltd of Woolworths Limited’s (ASX:WOW) network of retail service station sites and is seeking feedback from interested parties.

The ACCC has today outlined its preliminary view that the proposed acquisition may substantially lessen competition for the retail supply of fuel across metropolitan areas.

Is this the end of the internal combustion engine?

Pia Duxbury Monday, 14 August 2017 11:02

Enjoy that Porsche boxer growl or Mercedes-AMG V-8 roar while you still can. Reuters reports that automotive parts supplier Continental predicts that German manufacturers will cease development of new internal combustion engine designs sooner rather than later, perhaps as early as 2023.

Below is a message from MTA WA CEO Stephen Moir to members:

The ACCC today released the draft report into the New Car Retailing Industry.

I have attached a copy of the media release from the Motor Trade Association of Australia (MTAA) in response to the release of the report. Importantly the report validates the position taken by the MTA WA and MTAA in ensuring that the consumers have the right to choose who repairs their vehicle but that any repair must be undertaken by a suitably qualified and equipped repairer.

Car dealers operate on 2.6 percent profit margins, automotive employs 379,365 people, and electric vehicles make up 0.01 percent of the nation’s fleet, a new report into Australia’s automotive industry reveals.

The first comprehensive analysis of the nation’s automotive industry in three years, launched today by Senator Nick Xenophon at Parliament House, Canberra, explores the full scope of the industry.

ACCC takes action against Ford

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:34

The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited (Ford) alleging that it engaged in unconscionable and misleading or deceptive conduct, and made false or misleading representations in its response to customer complaints.

The customer complaints were about Ford’s Focus, Fiesta and EcoSport vehicles supplied in Australia between 2011 and 2016, which featured a type of transmission known as PowerShift Transmission (PST).

Chain of Responsibility information session

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:24

Heavy Vehicle Services (HVS) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) invite you to attend an industry information session on Chain of Responsibility (CoR) on 23 August 2017.

This Industry Information Session will provide attendees with an understanding of their responsibilities under CoR (within WA) and an overview of upcoming changes to CoR under National Heavy Vehicle Law (NHVL) and what it means for west-east freight tasks.

The CoR Information Session will be held on 23 August, between 10 am – 12 Midday at the Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Services Redcliffe office.

Places are limited, so to register your interest, please contact HVS no later than 18 August 2017, with your contact details and number of attendees to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 138 HVS (486).

Holden accepts ACL enforceable untertaking

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 03 August 2017 12:44

The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from GM Holden Ltd (Holden), which commits Holden to comply with its consumer guarantee obligations under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and adopt recommendations from the recent ACL review.

The ACCC investigated Holden following consumer complaints about its response to a manufacturing fault.

More inspections for licensed dealers and repairers

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:18

As of 1 July 2017 the Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection became a part of the new super agency, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).

DMIRS is just one of the new super agencies created by the McGowan Government’s initiative to reduce the number of state government departments by 40 per cent with the aim of creating a more efficient public sector. By joining together all of the bodies which are responsible for overseeing industry regulation the Government aims to increase communication and cooperation across areas.

WA Auto & Parts fined for odometre tampering

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:03

A licensed Maddington motor vehicle dealer and repairer has been fined $30,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 28 July 2017 for selling four vehicles that had their odometers wound-back.

Mazin Alkiaat, operating as W.A. Auto and Parts, was also ordered to pay costs of $350.35. He pleaded guilty to four charges of making false or misleading representations about the history of the vehicles which were originally purchased at auction by Mr Alkiaat, then on-sold to another dealer.

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