THE AAAA is confident its Choice of Repairer campaign will lead to positive change in the new federal parliament, having received positive responses from the major political parties in the run up to the recent election.
While one of its strongest supporters, Ricky Muir from the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, lost his seat in the Senate despite launching a bid for a mandatory Automotive Repair Code of Practice, the AAAA received a level of support from the returned Turnbull government, the Labor opposition, the Australian Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team.
After issuing an ‘election scorecard’ on the eve of the national poll, AAAA executive director Stuart Charity said he was satisfied that “the positive responses from these parties mean that regardless of the election outcome, the nation’s vehicle owners and their independent repairers can now look forward to government action to ensure we have an open and competitive vehicle repair and service sector”.
“We are heartened to see that all of these parties have stated their unequivocal support for the consumer’s right to choose their preferred repairer,” he said.
“We also welcome the commitment that all these parties have made to review the existing voluntary industry agreement for vehicle data sharing.”