Labor takes the wheel for Central Victorian car owners and mechanics

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP, has today announced Labor’s plan to stick up for regional car owners and independent mechanics.

Ms Chesters said Labor’s plan to make car manufacturers share their technical information so that vehicles can be serviced by any mechanic will put more money back into the pockets of car owners and give 23,000 independent repairers a boost.

“A Shorten Labor Government will require car manufacturers to share technical information with independent mechanics on commercially fair and reasonable terms, with safeguards that enable environmental, safety and security-related technical information to be shared with the independent sector.

“Modern cars are like computers on wheels, without timely access to the right data and diagnostics, independent regional mechanics can’t compete fairly in the marketplace for service and repairs.

“This limited access to vital information pushes up prices for car services, and limits the ability of independent regional mechanics to grow their business and generate more jobs.

“This is about getting a better deal for people who drive cars and people who fix them.

“This policy is also common sense. Country drivers will not be forced to drive long distances to have their car serviced. They will have the choice to use their local mechanic,’ said Ms Chesters.

After visits to Canberra and multiple meetings with Members of Parliament, the Director of Gejay Automotive Bendigo, Gary Pinner has welcomed the news.

“I was very excited to hear this announcement; this policy is heading in the right direction and is ensuring the long term viability of my local business and the whole automotive industry.

“There was a desperate need for this policy and after my trips to Canberra to explain the position of independent mechanics I was very happy to hear it was announced,’ said Mr Pinner.

Ms Chesters has called on the Liberal National Government to match Labor’s announcement.

“It’s time the Liberals listened to Central Victorian car owners and mechanics. This is good reform.

“Labor understands it’s your car and it should be your choice where it gets repaired - our plan will deliver money to the household budget and give local mechanics a boost to their business,’ said Ms Chesters.

To read through a copy of Labor's plan, click here.