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COALITION DELAY COSTING AUSSIE DRIVERS BIG BUCKS (1)

October 30, 2019


 Labor welcomes the Government's belated commitment to a mandatory scheme that would require car manufacturers to share technical information with independent mechanics, but holds concerns over the scope and timing of implementation.
 
Labor has been calling on the Coalition to take action for years.
 
In the lead up to this announcement the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) confirmed that the Liberal Government’s inaction on data sharing among mechanics is costing Australian drivers over one billion dollars a year.
 
This obscene cost must spur the Government into action.  Enabling legislation needs to be drafted, consulted and introduced without delay and we call on the Morrison Government to stick to its commitment in to “implement a scheme in 2019.”
 
We won’t hold our breath.
 
Labor also has concerns about the exemption of certain passenger cars from the code.
 
The consultation paper proposed to initially cover passenger and light goods vehicles as defined (by clause 4.3 and subclause 4.5.5 respectively) in the Vehicle Standard (Australian Design Rule - Definitions and Vehicle Categories) 2005. Automated driving systems in vehicles of level 3 automation and above as defined by Society of Automobile Engineers Standard J3016 would not be covered.
 
CONSULTATION UPDATE, OCTOBER 2019
It is vitally important the Government doesn’t capitulate to the demands of multinational car companies and limit the information independent mechanics need to service cars.
 
Independent mechanics are struggling to stay in business. While the Coalition has stalled reforms, the costs for everyday Australian drivers keep accelerating.


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