AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said Minister Billson has a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues involved in automotive data sharing.
also recognises that, as vehicles become more technologically advanced, the need for a code of conduct covering automotive service and repair data sharing becomes more urgent," Stuart Charity
Since launching its Choice of Repairer campaign in 2009, the AAAA
has worked closely with Federal and State Governments to ensure consumer choice and competition in the automotive parts and service market is maintained.
In the meeting Minister Billson indicated that an effective code must have the input and support of all key industry stakeholders and he
acknowledged the AAAA's key role in representing the interests of the independent aftermarket.
"We welcome the Minister's strong support for the CCAAC Inquiry recommendations and his
recognition of the key role the AAAA
has played in bringing these important competition issues to the attention of Government," said Stuart Charity
"The Australian automotive aftermarket simply wants the barriers to service and repair information eliminated so their customers' vehicles can be kept in safe and reliable condition.
"We are not asking for access to the manufacturers' intellectual property.
And the aftermarket industry is prepared to pay a fair price for the data," said Stuart Charity
said these overseas arrangements include the same vehicle producers that supply the Australian market.
"Minister Billson has committed to working with the AAAA
and other industry stakeholders to ensure an effective industry code of practice is developed.
AAAA members across the country thank him for that commitment and his
valuable input in our meeting.
"We now look forward to engaging with the car companies and other stakeholders to create that code of practice," said Stuart Charity