In a move welcomed by industry, the Federal Government has announced that the release of draft legislation for mandating access to motor vehicle service and repair information is imminent.
“Fair access to motor vehicle service and repair information from car manufacturers is only right. This development is a major win for the independent businesses that keep Australia moving, and means we are one step closer to being able to better serve motorists,” said VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym.
With the draft expected to be provided for consultation shortly, the government is also set to commit $250,000 for the establishment of an industry-led organisation – which will include representation from the Chamber’s national body, the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) – to create the necessary infrastructure and processes to implement the legislation.
The advocacy efforts, including key research and policy submissions, from industry bodies including VACC were instrumental in bringing access to service and repair data to the forefront of the government agenda.
“Australia’s industry bodies have fought long and hard for a more even playing field for independent repairers when it comes to access to service and repair information, and this is a big step in the right direction,” said Mr Gwilym.
VACC, MTAA and the wider automotive industry look forward to the release of the draft legislation and applaud the government’s response to industry research and recommendation on behalf of independent repairers.