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It is rare that one industry association takes aim at another over an issue that affects both their respective memberships but, that is exactly what the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has chosen to do in their campaign for access to technical information. So in the interest of accuracy, I think it is time to set the record straight about who is doing what on behalf of their members.

It would appear that AAAA have taken exception to MTA WA’s position calling for an accredited focussed solution to facilitate access of manufacturer’s technical information. AAAA also appear to be in disagreement about the MTA WA stating at an ACCC hearing that we had only received four complaints through our portal from repairers at the time of the ACCC hearing. Facts are facts, and the MTA has had a facility available for our members to lodge complaints when they have had difficulty accessing repair information and we have only received four complaints. This does not suggest we are siding with manufacturers or not recognising that there may be an issue, just reporting the facts.

Get involved and keep 4WD tracks open

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:48

Members are invited to join the 4WD Industry Association in installing signs at the Big Darkin Piggery Road Wetland on Saturday 6 May.  

The Motor Trade Association of WA’s (MTA WA) Four-Wheel Drive Industry Association (4WDIA) has been working closely with TrackCare WA (TCWA) and the Department of Parks & Wildlife (DPAW) to educate four-wheel driving enthusiasts to create sustainable four-wheel-driving practices in Western Australia. The aim of the partnership is to keep tracks open, increase access and ensure that four-wheel driving is available for future generations.

Car dealership employee fined $9,500 over death

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:36

An employee of an Attadale car dealership has been fined $9500.00 (and ordered to pay $12,052.75 in costs) over the death of a fellow worker at the dealership in 2013.

Leslie Taylor was found guilty of failing to take reasonable care not to adversely affect another person and, by that failure, causing the death of that person, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court today.

St John keeps members safe with new member benefit

Pia Duxbury Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:26

In a move that’s quickly becoming the standard across the Perth business landscape, McInernery Ford in Morley has received accreditation through the St John Safe program. The program, which was launched by St John Ambulance WA last year, officially recognises businesses that are ready for any first aid situation.

McInernery Ford’s Loris Cecconi said he welcomed any opportunity to enhance their readiness in the event of an emergency.

46% of Australians want driverless cars

Pia Duxbury Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:46

Driverless cars might be regarded as a technology of the near-future, but Australians are ready for so-called autonomous vehicles RIGHT NOW.

The majority (51%) of Australian men say they would travel in a driverless car now, compared to 41% of women, a total of 46% of all Australians according to a snap poll conducted by Roy Morgan Research.

A Fair Work Ombudsman report has revealed that one in three Australian businesses audited as part of the agency’s National Apprenticeship Campaign failed to pay their apprentices correct wages.

Over the course of the campaign, which was conducted over two years to June 2016, the FWO checked on 2266 apprentices in 822 business audits.

Today, Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, gave evidence before the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017. Read Natalie’s opening statement below.

Today I am here to speak about the plight of vulnerable workers and the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017. It is an issue we have spent some time covering at Senate Estimates, and before the Education and Employment References Committee.

Digital fraud increases, business owners beware

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:09

MTA WA has been advised that there has been an increased number of digital frauds happening recently. Many financial insitutions are warning customers to be wary and check their online security.

Digital fraud can include but is not limited to:

· Supplier emails being hacked and invalid invoices being sent

· Change in bank details by a supplier

· Notification that a supplier is having issues with their account and new account number needs to used

Tesla more valuable than GM or Ford

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:26

A seminal moment for the global automotive industry was reached this week when pioneering tech-heavy electric car-maker Tesla (which sold just under 80,000 cars globally in 2016) became America’s most valuable car company by market capitalisation.

And a snap poll by Roy Morgan Research reveals why.

Qld car yard lender ordered to pay $1.2 million

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:12

The Federal Court has today fined Cairns-based lender, Channic Pty Ltd (Channic), broker Cash Brokers Pty Ltd (Cash Brokers) and the sole director of both companies, Mr Colin William Hulbert, a total of $776000 for breaching consumer credit laws. The Court also ordered the payment of costs of $420000.

Channic and Cash Brokers both operated from Supercheap, a used car dealership in Cairns which was also owned by Mr Hulbert. ASIC brought civil penalty proceedings after the Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network reported that Channic and Cash Brokers were dealing unjustly with vulnerable Indigenous consumers from the remote community of Yarrabah.

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