Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:33

MTAA and State and Territory Associations secure historic agreement for thousands of member businesses to access repair information MTAA and State and Territory Associations secure historic agreement for thousands of member businesses to access repair information

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.

The MTA WA has been working with the MTAA over the last three years to improve the level of access for technical information to the independent repair sector. Specifically we have been attempting to reach a balanced outcome that would see information made available on commercially fair terms and have been working with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry (FCAI) and the Australian Automotive Dealers Association (AADA) in an effort to achieve this.

There is much work to do before we reach a workable solution but all parties are committed to continuing the process. I will be attending a meeting in Canberra on Monday to continue these negotiations and I will keep you all informed of any further progress.

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MTAA Media Release

The Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA) and its State and Territory Motor Trades Association and The Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA) and its State and Territory Motor Trades Association and Automobile Chamber of Commerce Members welcomes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) decision to recommend a mandated scheme to allow the nation’s mechanical and motor body repairers fairand reasonable access to repair information.

The recommendation, contained in the ACCC interim New Car Retailing Market Study report issued this morning,acknowledges the significant advocacy, representation and leadership MTAA and Members have provided on behalf of its thousands of member businesses.

MTAA CEO Richard Dudley said the recommendation of a mandated scheme recognised MTAA and members uniqueunderstanding of a highly complex issue by harnessing knowledge from all of its member constituents.

‘This enabled MTAA and Members to deliver a balanced and pragmatic input and suggestions to resolve this issue and deliver improved consumer choice, enhanced fair competition and greater certainty to all industry participants.

‘The ACCC Market Study team have tackled an extremely complex and multi-faceted issue as part of theirinvestigations and MTAA and Members welcomed the opportunity to provide comprehensive information from grassroot businesses, other materials gathered and to provide access to member businesses and resources, Mr Dudleysaid.

‘MTAA facilitated the original heads of agreement with Government and has spent the past two years investigating improvements, gathering detailed information on specific problems and trying to facilitate further enhancements.

‘We now look forward to continuing that leadership by working with the ACCC, Government and willing members ofthe industry to cement the recommendation into action,’ he added.

MTAA and Members are now considering the other recommendations and observations in four main areas of the report dealing with consumer guarantees and warranties, fuel consumption and emissions, parts supply and the interim report in general.

MTAA, on behalf of members, will provide a further submission to the interim report and look forward to furthercontributions to the final report that is likely to be delivered towards the end of this year.

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