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Motor industry asked 'how do you do business?'

The NSW Government is seeking feedback from the motor vehicle sales, recycling and repair sectors as it undertakes a review of the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013.

Fair Trading Commissioner, Rose Webb, said the legislation establishes a regulatory framework covering the operations of motor dealers, recyclers, repairers, and related trades. The regulation of the automotive industry is important as it impacts many members of the community - car owners, drivers and their passengers.

“As part of the review process, a Motor Dealers and Repairers Act Discussion Paper has been released to gain feedback on whether the Act effectively regulates the automotive industry in NSW,” Ms Webb said.

“The industry and consumers can offer important insights into whether existing
legislation provides effective consumer protections while effectively regulating and
licencing the industry.

“This review process is vital in ensuring the legislation is contemporary, fit-for-purpose and meets the challenges faced by the industry such as rapid developments in technology with hybrid and electric vehicles, and new ways of doing business,” Ms Webb said.

Fair Trading is seeking feedback from industry stakeholders, consumers and members of the public on the ways in which the regulation of the automotive industry could better meet the demands of the industry and consumers.

“The NSW Government wants to hear from people who work in and have experience with the industry about their views or concerns,” Ms Webb said.

“We will consider all submissions, with a report to be tabled in both houses of Parliament by 1 December.”

Feedback can be provided through the online form for this consultation on the NSW Fair Trading website.

More detailed submissions can be made by responding to the questions in the discussion paper.

Detailed submissions can be emailed to motordealersandrepairersact@customerservice.nsw.gov.au. Submissions close at midnight on 14 August 2020.

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