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MTAA Super, the industry superannuation fund for the motor trades, today announced its support of RSE’s flagship RYDA Program – a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.

Coordinated with the assistance of Rotary Clubs, RYDA is delivered throughout Australia and New Zealand to over 50,000 high school students every year, through approximately 600 schools. To date over 500,000 students have attended the program since its inception. 

A sponsored HR manager who processed underpayments of almost $600,000 to 85 Chinese restaurant staff and then helped falsify records for the FWO has been fined $21,760, the Federal Court dismissing arguments that cultural factors, family connections and a lack of formal qualifications mitigated her culpability.

Motor vehicle repairer certificate cancelled (Bradley Sabo)

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:40

Members are advised to ensure that appropriate staff have a current an valid repairers certificate.  The following media release was distributed by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety yesterday.

Media Release

A motor vehicle repairer who breached licensing requirements and failed to comply with conditions set by Consumer Protection has had his certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

Dealers 2017 Christmas Trading

MTA Super Admin Thursday, 09 November 2017 10:22

Trading hours for dealers under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act over the Christmas period for 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017 - CLOSED

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017 - CLOSED

Spray painter health checks required by WorkSafe

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 09 November 2017 09:19

For all WA automotive body repair employers, there is a legal responsibility to have a Health Surveillance program in place to minimise the risk of permanent health damage to their spray painters. Due to the significant health issues associated with isocyanate exposure when spraying, WorkSafe requires employers to register results of biological monitoring to ensure the wellbeing of employees.

UPDATE: On Demand Transport Reforms

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 09 November 2017 08:52

MTA WA Congratulates Rita Saffiotti Minister for Transport for her recent announcement of on-demand transport reforms in WA. The reforms are well overdue and we congratulate the Minister and McGowan Government on the recent announcement.

The reforms do have some controversial elements but on the whole the MTA WA supports the taxi plate buy back initiative and 10% levy. It's great to see that the levy is capped at a 4 year term. We look forward to working with the government in the future as we deliver consumers with a modern on-demand transport sector.

UPDATE: Vehicle Frontal Protection Systems in Western Australia

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 09 November 2017 08:48

Back in October the Department of Transport asked for feedback on the proposed updates to vehicle frontal protection systems in Western Australia. The impact of the proposed changes could have been far reaching for the 4WD industry in WA and 4WD owners. As a respected state based industry group MTA WA has a strong relationship with the WA Department of Transport and we recently met with them to discuss the industry's concerns regarding the proposed changes.

MRB Licensing, is it meeting industry expectations?

Pia Duxbury Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:20

When the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act was enacted in 2003 many in the WA automotive industry breathed a sigh of relief believing that regulation would help to clean up an industry which had been too long plagued with dodgy operators and unqualified repairers.

Members of the Motor Trade Association of WA (MTA WA) lobbied long and hard to have the licence introduced in an effort to clean up the sector and protect consumers. Professional, reputable automotive repairers had seen the dodgy practices of many besmirch the industry’s reputation and take advantage of the motoring public.

WA Industrial Relations System Review

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:15

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement has recently announced that the Western Australian State Government will be undergoing a Ministerial review into the State industrial relations system.

WorkSafe continues to participate in roadblock exercises, with the latest ones revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws.

WorkSafe recently participated in two joint roadblock operations undertaken by WA Police and also involving Main Roads WA and the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

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