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FCAI Media Statement—review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Government’s Options Discussion Paper for the 2014 Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act, which was released today. 

The Motor Vehicle Standards Act1989 is a complex piece of legislation which covers a wide-range of issues that affect the import and regulation of motor vehicles on Australian roads.

Noting the start of public consultation for the Act review, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the FCAI is taking time to thoroughly review the Discussion Paper so that it can adequately advise the Government of any implications the options proposed may have on Australian consumers.

“Australia has the most competitive new car market in the world and this competition brings with it the very latest environmental and safety technologies for consumers. In addition, the manufacturers of vehicles made for sale in Australia have established comprehensive service environments, which provide consumers with a high-level of support. This includes the significant investment in the tools and labour force training needed to maintain a modern vehicle,” Mr Weber said.

Mr Weber reiterated that the high level of competition in the Australian motor vehicle market is benefiting consumers, with a vast majority of models sold in Australia at a cheaper price than other right-hand drive markets. “On 2 August we released research supporting this,” Mr Weber said.

“We again welcome comments by the Government that they have no intention of allowing Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries’ old second-hand vehicles, and we are pleased that the Government has articulated that any potential changes to the Act will be comprehensively examined in close consultation with stakeholders.

“The FCAI and its members will respond to the Discussion Paper and participate in public workshops.”

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Sheena Ireland, Communications Manager
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