2015… Road Safety is on the Agenda
As motoring enthusiasts we are diverse, yet stand united when it comes to the importance of road safety and improving driver/rider education. It is time to start a new conversation in this country about road safety, and we believe there is nobody better than Motoring Enthusiasts to drive this conversation.
Last year a motion was passed in the Senate for an Inquiry into Road Safety in
Senate Inquiry into Road Safety in AustraliaSubmissions Close: 27 February, 2015 Senator Ricky Muir is a participating member on committee.
Terms of Reference can be seen here
AMEP and MAC (Motoring Advisory Council) are working on a submission for the Senate Inquiry, and we call on anybody who is interested in contributing to this conversation to share your thoughts.
Specialist & Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme (SEVS)
As part of the review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act, the Specialist & Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme is being reviewed. The Department of Infrastructure is currently looking at the definition of what constitutes a specialist and enthusiast vehicle.
The Senator’s Office is working with Jamie Brigg’s Office in relation to the review, and is keen to speak with anybody who is currently involved in the scheme and feels they have something to contribute to this important discussion.
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A win for Australian Car Owners – Data sharing becomes a reality
The Agreement on Access to Service and Repair Information for Motor Vehicles was signed last week by five organisations representing key industry and consumer groups – the Australian Automobile Association, AAAA, Australian Automotive Dealer Association, Australian Motor Industry Federation and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
The agreement facilitated by Federal Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson is a victory for common sense. “This agreement ensures independent repairers can access all information required for the diagnosis, body repair, servicing, inspection, periodic monitoring, and reinitialising of the vehicle, in line with the service and repair information manufacturers provide their authorised dealers and repairers,” said Stuart Charity, Executive Director, AAAA.
Consumer’s choice of repairer for their motor vehicles has become one of the hottest topics in the automotive industry over the past week. With the advance in motor-vehicle technology, manufacturers and their dealer networks have jealously guarded access to information, data, software and specialised tools, effectively preventing non-authorised repairers from working on newer vehicles.
Whilst independent European and USA mechanical-workshops have full access to the same information and tools as their dealership-counterparts, Australian OEM’s are jealously guarding their technology in a move which guarantees dealerships exclusive access to new-vehicle servicing and repair; or in simple terms, the potential for growth in dealer-servicing networks at the expense of independent workshops.
In 2012, the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) recommended a voluntary industry code of practice should be implemented to ensure vehicle data sharing by manufacturers and importers with all in the industry. Negotiations broke down earlier this week when the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the body representing car makers and importers, released their own voluntary code of conduct which effectively allows manufacturers and importers to refuse access to data and equipment to any workshop not franchised to the manufacturer.
Senator Rick Muir met with the Minister for Small Business, Brue Billson yesterday to express his concerns around this issue, and applauds the Ministers decision to convene a meeting of the relevant stakeholders to ensure consumer freedom of choice when they have their vehicles serviced.
“All consumers should have a choice of repairer and we would not like to see vehicles being poorly maintained or their safety being compromises because of a lack of current vehicle service data for those who can’t afford routine maintenance at dealership.”, Senator Muir said.
The AMEP fully supports the call for an Industry code of practice compelling sharing of technology and information within the motor repair industry.
RESULTS - FUEL EXCISE SURVEY
We want to thank those Members and Supporters who had their say regarding the Government's proposed return to the indexation of fuel excise. The results were overwhelmingly clear...
Do you support the indexation of fuel excise?
YES - 3.79%
NO - 69.49%
YES, If money goes back into roads - 26.73%
Motorists already pay more than their fair share of taxes and charges, and it is not unreasonable to expect this money is returned to road infrastructure. Whilst the economic argument of returning to indexation on fuel excise is solid, the message is clear that motorists want a better deal with the money they already pay. We are working together with other Peak Motoring Bodies to get a guarantee that the money collected in taxes and charges goes back into roads.
Twelve months later the AMEP have a say in the highest Government in the land, and we have doors opening to us that have never been available before.
Twelve months ago Motoring Enthusiasts around the country united, came together to make a stand. The AMEP ran ten candidates in all five mainland states, and had a presence at polling booths around the country.
We ran on the platform of Road Safety, Driver Education, Better Roads. We strongly believe in promoting personal responsibility and a fair-go for all.
We can be proud of our achievements to date. We are seeing “Unity” at the highest levels. We are seeing Peak Motoring Bodies, Industry Groups, Road Safety, Driver Education, Vehicle Standards and Motoring Experts working together to create innovative motoring policy in this country.
As we enter our second year, we are about to embark on the next stage of our evolution as a party, and as a community and we invite you all to come along.
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Results $7 GP Co-Payment Survey
Last week we surveyed our members and supporters to gain feedback regarding the Governments proposed $7 Co-Payment, and want to thank those who took the time to share their thoughts, and to share the results.
Do you support the $7 GP Co-Payment?
YES - 14.06%
NO - 60.16%
YES, if disadvantaged people are exempt - 20.70%
Undecided - 5.08%
We will be conducting several other short surveys over the following week, so please take the time to have your say...
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