Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:05

The Federal Government has effectively snubbed its nose at the automotive industry by announcing today that it intends to introduce changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989, which will come into effect from 2018.

Despite numerous assurances from senior Ministers that this issue had been “put to bed” it now appears that the intention is to amend the law to allow for the personal importation of a new car or motor cycle from another country with comparable standards to
Australia’s, up to once every two years, if specified conditions are met.

According to the Government, the vehicle must be a motorcycle or right hand drive passenger vehicle, be no more than 12 months old and have no more than 500km on the odometer. The Government will specify the countries considered to have comparable standards. Of the world’s right hand drive countries, Japan and the United Kingdom currently meet the standard. Other countries may be included upon reaching a comparable standard.

The Government is estimating that approximately 30,000 vehicles a year could be personally imported, but said that most Australians would continue to purchase vehicles directly imported by manufacturers and sold through their existing dealer networks.

The MTA WA has at both a state and national level fought these changes and, as stated earlier, we had been  informed that the matter was not proceeding. This decision overnight has taken not only the MTA by surprise but also over key representative groups such as the FCAI and AADA.

The MTA has issued a media statement on this announcement today and we will continue to oppose this change. Letters have been drafted to key Ministers expressing the industry’s opposition to this announcement and calling for a review.

I will keep you posted as to any updates.

Yours sincerely

Stephen Moir

Group Chief
Executive Officer

MTAWA is proudly supported by