The Australian government lowers the cost of car repairs

Australian drivers will soon have the freedom to have their vehicle serviced by any mechanic, which means more choice for repairs and more money in their pocket.

New cars are computers on wheels. Real-time access to vehicle information, such as digital files and codes, varies from car to car, but is necessary to perform many aspects of a repair or service. Automakers typically own and control this technical information and, in many cases, only share it with dealer networks and affiliated repairers, making it difficult for independent repairers to effectively compete for business.

The Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme, Starting Tomorrow, requires car manufacturers to make motor vehicle service and repair information available to all Australian repairers and approved training organizations at a fair market price.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will monitor and enforce the program to ensure information is shared consistently and on time. If necessary, the ACCC has the power to take enforcement action, with a maximum fine of $10 million for systemic violations of the scheme.

The Australian Government recognizes the significant contribution of the Australian automotive industry in the development and launch of the program. The Government has appointed the Automotive Service and Repair Authority Limited (AASRA) to the statutory role of Scheme Adviser. As an advisor, he will perform key functions, including appointing facilitators to arbitrate program disputes, publishing information regarding the cost of program information, and working with the government and the ACCC to ensure the program success. AASRA has informed the government that it intends to help facilitate access to and delivery of program information through an online information sharing portal that will be fully managed by industry for the industry.

“Labour has campaigned for years for Australian drivers to have more freedom over who repairs their vehicle. Whether you own a Toyota Corolla or a Ford Ranger, everyone should be able to choose where to have their car serviced. said Minister Leigh.

“This program provides that freedom and aims to reduce the cost of owning and maintaining a car, ultimately providing better value for the many Australians who drive a car every day.

“Motor vehicle maintenance and repair is a $23 billion industry in Australia, but there are over 23,000 independent repairers in Australia who increasingly find they don’t have the information they need. need to repair a modern car. These new reforms create a level playing field for our independent businesses.

“Labour will always champion small businesses, Australian trades and keep the cost of living low for families.”

Automotive Service and Repair Authority Limited Company Secretary Stuart Charity said: “Minister Leigh has long been associated with the issue and we look forward to working closely with him, particularly in the early days of the legislation.

“New automotive legislation has led to the formation of a joint industry-led organization that will provide technical support and manage an online portal to help facilitate the sharing of system information securely and efficiently between automakers and repairers. AASRA will help Australian repairers obtain service and repair information directly from automakers. The new program will lead to a stronger Australian auto repair and service industry, keeping 19, 8 million vehicles on the road.

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