Labor takes the wheel for mechanics in La Trobe - 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
 
SIMON CURTIS
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR LA TROBE
 
LABOR TAKES THE WHEEL FOR MECHANICS IN LA TROBE

Labor is driving a better deal for car owners and independent mechanics in La Trobe with a plan to make timely access to technical information a reality.

Whether you drive a Holden or Ford, Porsche or Prius, everyone should be able to choose where they get their car serviced. But independent repairers are struggling to get fair access to the standard service information they need.

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

This would mean more choice and easier access to repairs for drivers. 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 an insipid consultation paper document riddled with bad ideas.

Unlike Labor, Scott Morrison and his chaotic Coalition won’t back independent mechanics in La Trobe 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 stopped sitting in neutral.

ENDS

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra.


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