Labor’s pitch to save local car mechanics

Labor leader Bill Shorten says car manufacturers should be sharing information with local mechanics.Car manufacturers will be required to share information about their vehicles with every n mechanic if Labor wins the next federal election.
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The opposition says this will mean a boost for 23,000 independent mechanics and allow car owners more choice when it comes to servicing and repairing their vehicles.

It’s claimed the sharing of the information will also lead to a reduction in the cost of the work.

Labor leader Bill Shorten believes the measure can keep hundreds of thousands of jobs in , while looking after the mechanical trades.

“Labor is telling the big car companies of the world that if you want to sell your cars in , which is good, we want you to share the knowledge with our local car repairer industry,” he told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.

Shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh says some people sometimes have to drive hundreds of kilometres to find a suitable repairer.

“It’s your car, it should be your choice,” he said.

“ns deserve more than what this P-plate prime minister has given them on this issue.”

The n Automotive Aftermarket Association has described the policy as a game-changer for the industry.

“The modern motor vehicle is basically just a computer on wheels,” the association’s executive director Stuart Charity said.

“Everyday simple things like changing a tyre … checking the oil level and what have you is all now computerised and the car companies are controlling the computer gateway into and out of the vehicle and how you communicate with that vehicle and at the moment, they’re shutting independent local mechanics out.”

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