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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.

Industry expos, be aware and cautious

Pia Duxbury Wednesday, 18 October 2017 14:08

We’ve heard that a number of Motor Trade Association of WA (MTA WA) members have been approached by representatives selling expo stands to a caravan and camping show in the peel region. MTA WA urges members to exercise caution when purchasing show space for events which do not have an established reputation or are being run by an unknown event organiser.

Clear title on PPSR for auction sales is vital

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 12 October 2017 08:53

Have you experienced delays in the removal of security interests on the PPSR? How has it impacted your business? Complete the survey now.

Since 30 January 2012, PPSR has been the single national register of security interests in personal property. It replaced all state based Vehicle Securities Registers.

TechTalk: Fuel efficient oils

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:30

This TechTalk article has been provided by our business partners Castrol.

We all remember the days when it was possible to use “one engine oil” across most vehicles with confidence.  The hardware changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions however, have led to increasingly complex lubricant requirements, the “one oil suits all” approach has become just a fond memory.

Vehicle manufacturers globally are required to reduce vehicle emissions to comply with stricter legislation.  Reducing the volume of fuel a vehicle uses is an effective method of meeting these lower emissions targets.  The European Union has set a fleet average CO2 target for all new cars in Europe commencing in 2020, these vehicles will appear on our shores complying with these requirements.  The financial penalty for breach of this target is significant, with the estimated penalty in 2020 for a single European manufacturer estimated at £350 million (Institute of Mechanicals Engineers, 2016).

Proposed updates vehicle frontal protection systems

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 05 October 2017 09:21

The Department of Transport (DoT) first published a Circular to Industry (CI) regarding the design and safety requirements for bull bars in 1995. The document was developed in conjunction with the Western Australian bull bar industry. Since then the document has been updated five times, most notably in 2005 when, following discussions between all jurisdictions, examples of non-compliant bull bars were added to provide some clarity.

Dealers squeezed by car manufacturers at consumers’ expense

Pia Duxbury Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:12

The Motor Trades Associations of Australia (MTAA) and the Motor Trade Association of WA (MTA WA) have strongly argued that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) needs to understand the unbalanced power relationship between dealers and manufacturers which places significant pressure on dealerships to absorb the costs of meeting their Australian Consumer Law obligations.

It is pleasing that MTAA and MTA WA have been heard as reflected in ACCC Chair Rod Simms recent comments at this week’s dealers conference.

The MTAA and MTA WA have called for the complexity of the dealer/manufacturer relationship to be more accurately reflected in the recent submission to the ACCC's interim report from the Market Study into New Car Retailing. 

Safe lifting for Land Cruisers.

Pia Duxbury Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:52

MTA WA encourages all repairers to ensure they are aware of safe lifting procedures for Toyota Land Cruisers. The Toyota Service Bulletin regarding vehicle lift (hoist) and support locations can be downloaded below.  Repairers are reminded that safe work practices can usually be found in the general section of repair manuals.

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