Tuesday, 29 May 2018 11:08

Mr Glenn Probyn speaks to members at Nedlands Yacht Club Mr Glenn Probyn speaks to members at Nedlands Yacht Club

An ACCC briefing to WA Manufacturer representatives, dealers, auctioneers and wreckers regarding their obligations in response to the Takata Airbag Recall was held on the morning of the 28th of May at the Nedlands Yacht Club.

Led by Mr Glenn Probyn, Deputy General Manager of the Takata Task Force with the ACCC and Mr John Fogarty, Senior Associate at law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the event detailed the required actions of businesses that actively buy, sell or trade affected vehicles. Additional topics included the current state of the recall, important milestone dates as well as a question and answer session. These questions from our members demonstrated the desire to see similar obligations to apply for “private-to-private” vehicle transactions. The MTA WA has suggested that the Department of Transport’s Driver and Vehicle Services flag the registration of affected vehicles and prevent the transfer of ownership until such time as the vehicle's airbags have been repaired by authorised centres. This would effectively prevent such private market transactions.

MTAA CEO Richard Dudley spoke of the desire to reduce the opportunity for “rogue” vendors to capitalise on the sale of affected vehicles without complying with Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

MTA WA Group CEO Stephen Moir suggested that whilst there was information currently available to the public, more needed to be actioned to educate and encourage private owners to actively participate in remedying their affected vehicles.

The ACCC representatives suggested that whilst there were discussions taking place between state and territory bodies, to date, there has not been any formal decision as to how the private sales of affected vehicles will be treated.

The MTA WA would like to thank those members who attended the event, as your representation ensures that your opinions, values and individual experiences are heard at a national level. Information from the presentation will be provided via the MTA WA “Engine Room” newsletter, as well as the MTA WA Facebook page.

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