Labor puts reform in the fast lane for Flynn's mechanics - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY
SHADOW MINISTER CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES
MEMBER FOR FENNER
 
ZAC BEERS
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR FLYNN
 
LABOR PUTS REFORM IN THE FAST LANE FOR FLYNN’S MECHANICS

Labor is fixing a broken system for car owners and independent mechanics in Flynn with a plan to make timely access to technical information a reality.

Whether you drive a Nissan Micra or a Ford F-150, everyone should be able to choose where they get their car serviced. But independent repairers are being driven to despair by their inability to get fair access to the data and software upgrades they need.

Under Labor, multinational car manufacturers will have to share the same technical information with independent mechanics that they currently provide to authorised dealers.

Our policy means more choice for drivers, some of which are currently stuck with long drives to specific repairers. It will also level the playing field for independent mechanics, who would be able to stay in business as a result and continue to hire young apprentices.

Labor called for this change more than a year ago but the former minister in charge of the issue, Michael Sukkar, sat on his hands for months before being exiled to the backbench. After even further delays, all the Coalition has is another inquiry via a lemon of a consultation paper.

Unlike Labor, Scott Morrison and his chaotic Coalition won’t back independent mechanics in Flynn over large foreign multinationals.

Labor understands it’s your car and it should be your choice where it gets repaired. It’s time Scott Morrison hit the accelerator for reform.

ENDS

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra.


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