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Press Releases

Access to automotive data to provide greater consumer choice

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) today welcomed the Australian Government's decision to introduce a new mandatory data sharing law that will provide fair and equitable access to motor vehicle service and repair information in a move that will revitalise the automotive service and repair industries and transform consumer choice.

The Government announced their decision during a specially convened meeting between peak automotive representative organisations with Federal Assistant Treasurer the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP and Treasury Department officials in Melbourne this afternoon.

MTAA CEO Richard Dudley said the MTAA and State and Territory Members have been at the forefront of a long campaign to bring about change for consumers and automotive service and repair industries in achieving today's milestone.

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Global Automotive Recycling Associations sign historic Memorandum of Cooperation

The Auto Recycling Associations of the Australia, United Kingdom, United States, and Malaysia have signed an historic agreement to increase collaboration, cooperation and communications to provide a united global voice for the Automotive Recycling Industry.  

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) and the Auto Parts and Recycling Association of Australia (APRAA) initiated the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with other organisations as an outcome of an International Roundtable held earlier this year in the United Kingdom. The Auto Recycling Associations of Canada, New Zealand, Japan and others are currently considering becoming signatories to the MoU.

Already, participating International Auto Recycling Associations have provided intelligence, statistics, and identified issues confronting automotive recycling and associated businesses in each jurisdiction as well as other information on the global automotive market impacting the industry. The associations are also sharing briefings on Electric Vehicle (EV) dismantling and associated safety issues and overall occupation health and safety requirements for automotive recycler professionals.

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AFCA finding protects consumer’s and motor body repairer rights

A finding of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) has been welcomed by the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) and the Australian Motor Body Repairers Association (AMBRA) as validation of the need for an independent consumer complaint handling authority for those experiencing difficulties with financial and insurance firms.

In this benchmark ruling, AFCA found that an insurance company was bound, under the terms of its policy, to settle a policyholder’s claim in accordance with the consumer’s preferred car repairer’s quote.

The car insurance policy entitled the policyholder to choose their own car repairer, but the policy also gave the insurer a discretion to determine how much it would pay for those repairs.

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