JMR WITH ASSISTANT TREASURER, MINISTER FOR HOUSING MICHAEL SUKKAR
The Morrison Government has introduced ground breaking legislation to establish a mandatory scheme for the sharing of motor vehicle service and repair information.
For the first time the more than 35,000 automotive service and repair businesses in Australia, will have fairer competition and offer consumers more choice.
Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson visited South West Autohaus workshop in Geelong, an independent repairer set to benefit from the scheme.
“Currently, around one in ten vehicles taken to repair workshops are affected by a lack of access to service and repair information,” Minister Sukkar said.
“When this is the case, it results in higher costs for consumers because there is little choice as to where a vehicle can be repaired.”
“We need a strong service and repair industry to keep Australia’s 19.8 million vehicles on the road.”
Senator Henderson said consumers across regional Victoria will benefit from operators being able to access servicing and repairs in a fair, competitive market.
“Independent operators have been asking for fair go. I am delighted that our government is delivering legislation which levels the playing field and puts our small business operators in the industry in a stronger position to assist their customers.”
Gareth Toddun, owner and Master Technician of South West Autohaus, said: “During my career in the automotive industry, the German vehicles we specialise in have always been at the forefront of innovation and technology. This scheme will ensure we can provide the best service for our customers by giving our technicians access to all the information they need.”
The majority of vehicles on Australian roads will be captured by the scheme at its expected commencement on 1 July 2022.