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Mr. Stuart Charity

Executive Director

American Association of Advertising Agencies , Inc.

Direct Phone: +61 **********       

Email: s***@***.au

American Association of Advertising Agencies , Inc.

1065 Avenue Of The Americas 16Th Floor

New York, New York 10018

United States

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The American Association of Advertising Agencies is the national trade association of the advertising agency business. The 1,196-member agency offices it serves in the United States employ 65,000 people, offer a wide range of marketing communications serv... more

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Executive Director
Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Limited

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Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association

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Stuart Charity Executive Director Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Ltd Phone: - Facsimile: -

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AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said that these issues are significant in the automotive market because a new vehicle purchase and its ongoing maintenance represent a significant portion of the household budget for the owners of Australia's 17 million vehicles. "For many years the AAAA has advocated for a level playing field and stronger consumer law protection for Australian vehicle owners. Within Australia's transport network, road vehicles make a vital contribution to consumers' working and family lives. This translates to a huge contribution to the national economy," he said. Stuart Charity said that three of the areas of focus for the ACCC market study have long been of concern to AAAA members and have been the subject of many submissions to various government inquiries and reviews: Compliance with consumer guarantees obligations and the ability of consumers to enforce their rights. The effect on competition and consumers of post-sale care arrangements (such as servicing). Whether consumers and businesses could be affected by any restrictions on vehicle access to data. The fourth area of investigation for the ACCC study is false, misleading and deceptive practices in performance, fuel efficiency, fuel consumption and emissions, also a topic raised in a recent AAAA submission to government. "AAAA welcomes this ACCC market study. The scope and processes planned for this work will produce important findings to help guide the industry and protect consumer rights," said Stuart Charity. "The AAAA looks forward to contributing to this work to ensure that Australian consumers drive safe and reliable vehicles - and that they benefit from an open, fair and competitive automotive market place," he said. Read the ACCC New Car Retailing Industry market study media release here.

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AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said that anti-competitive market practices see car owners forced to pay more for service and repair. "Australian motorists are currently being held hostage through a data blockade aimed at funnelling car owners back to manufacturer-supported dealer networks," Mr Charity said. "In marginal seats, where every vote counts, this will be a hot-button issue - especially in regional Australia, where car owners can be forced to drive hundreds of kilometres just to have their car serviced." In both the United States and the European Union, car manufacturers are required to provide all relevant vehicle service and repair information, diagnostic codes and software updates to independent repairers through subscription-based online portals. "This raises the question - why hasn't this proven approach been taken in Australia, one of the most car-dependent countries in the world? Mr Charity said. The AAAA has called for cross-partisan support to establish a National Automotive Repair and Servicing Portal, funded by the industry and regulated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, based on a similar regulatory model to that used in the United States. Mr Charity described the portal as an effective solution to competition issues in the automotive service and repair sector. "Given the fact that the same manufacturers selling cars in Australia are already involved in the US portal, we believe the portal could be set up within twelve months at no ongoing cost to the Federal Government," Mr Charity said.

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AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said setting emissions standards for new vehicles is not enough to achieve the purpose of the regulations. "To protect community health and the environment, the emission standards proscribed by those regulations must be enforced for the life of the vehicle," said Stuart Charity.

After seven or eight years, emissions increase rapidly," said Stuart Charity "As the vehicles age, and pass into the used car market, there are no Federal or State/Territory Government requirements to maintain its emission control system at its optimum operating level. "The nation relies on alert technicians to identify faulty emission systems when vehicles are serviced. And the decision to actually repair these systems is voluntary. "Emissions systems maintenance is further challenged because once their vehicle is out of warranty, the frequency with which most vehicle owners have their car serviced reduces," said Stuart Charity. Introduce Mandatory Vehicle Safety and Emissions Testing
"A national education program combined with random roadside emissions testing could improve compliance by vehicle owners," said Stuart Charity.

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AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity welcomed Commissioner Featherston's remarks. "The voluntary agreement signed by all industry stakeholders 16 months ago has not had any meaningful impact on the availability of vehicle repair and service information," he said.

The consumer should not be forced to use any particular service and repair option," said Stuart Charity.

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