NSW Government to send outdated auto trades and tow truck rules to the scrapheap

Published: 25 Jun 2020

Motor dealers and repairers stand to save up to $175 million over ten years and slash over 6000 hours in unnecessary training time while maintaining the highest safety standards under sweeping changes to the NSW Government’s licensing rules.


Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson visited Langes Auto in Queanbeyan and announced from July 1 the NSW Government will slash red tape by introducing specialised classes of motor vehicle repair tradesperson certificates.

“These specialised certificates will mean mechanics will only need to be trained in the work they actually perform,” Mr Barilaro said.

“These reforms will benefit small businesses and the community by making it easier to perform work without reducing consumer protections.

“This is great news for communities right around the state, particularly in regional areas like Monaro where drought, bushfires and COVID-19 have taken a massive toll on local economies.”

Mr Anderson said these common sense reforms will give power back to dealers and repairers to get the workers they need to keep their businesses going and reduce employment costs.

“Too many motor dealers and repairers in NSW, particularly in regional areas, simply can’t get workers due to difficult requirements that see mechanics training for work they will never practice on the job,” Mr Anderson said.

New regulations are also coming into effect on July 1 for tow truck drivers and operators.

“Anyone who has been involved in a car accident knows only too well the stress and hardship it can cause. These regulations will help motorists understand their rights while still on the scene,” Mr Anderson said.

“Drivers involved in an accident will now be given a quote at the scene and will have the right to decide where their car will be towed to, as well as the right to refuse to allow their car to be towed.”

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