Have your say on laws affecting WA’s motor vehicle industry

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Feedback is being sought on various options for changes to the laws regulating the buying, selling and repair of motor vehicles in Western Australia.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe is encouraging consumers and anyone involved in the industry to have their say through a consultation paper released today (Friday 6 November 2015).

“With more than two million motor vehicles registered in Western Australia, a lot of people are affected and should comment on the suggested options for change.

“These laws impact consumers who buy motor vehicles (including cars, caravans, camper vans and motor cycles) from dealers, as well as consumers who have their motor vehicles repaired. It also affects people working in the motor vehicle industry such as dealers, salespeople and repairers.”

Mr Newcombe said any potential law changes must balance providing appropriate protections for consumers while, at the same time, ensuring the motor vehicle industry remains viable.

“The review provides a vital opportunity to look at ways of improving the legislation, removing unnecessary regulation and reducing red tape for business.

“In the process, consumers should still get the highest standard of quality and service possible because purchasing and maintaining a motor vehicle accounts for a substantial portion of the household budget.”

Examples of key issues considered in the consultation paper include:

  • Licensing of motor vehicle sales staff.
  • Categories of motor vehicle dealer licensing.
  • Cooling off periods for motor vehicle purchases.
  • Types of repair work covered by motor vehicle repairers’ legislation.

The release of this consultation paper represents the second stage of review of WA’s motor vehicle industry laws. The first stage of the review saw 33 written submissions and more than 600 survey responses from industry participants and consumers.

Responses to this paper will assist the State Government in deciding whether changes are needed and if there is sufficient support for reform. Submissions close on Friday, 18 December 2015.

The consultation paper can be downloaded from www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consultations and enquiries can be made by calling Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or by emailing consultations@commerce.wa.gov.au

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Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Nov 2015

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