Wednesday 16 August 2017

Personal Imports Decision a Significant Win for Everyone


The Motor Trade Association of South Australia today applauded the decision by the Federal Government not to proceed with proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1959 that would have allowed for the personal importation of new cars and motorcycles in Australia.

MTA CEO Paul Unerkov said the decision was a major win for consumers, new vehicle dealers and for local jobs.

“We are delighted that the Federal Government has listened to the concerns the industry had about this proposal, and acted to protect consumers, family owned dealerships and their employees,” Mr Unerkov said.

“In particular, we wish to recognise the instrumental role of the Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, in working with the industry to achieve this outcome.”

“Mr Pasin’s determined efforts on this issue are a great example of the of win-win situation that can be achieved when government works with industry to protect prosperity and grow jobs.”

“If the proposals had gone ahead, thousands of jobs in the new vehicle retailing sector, already feeling the squeeze from tight margins, would have been at risk and consumers would have been worse off.”

“The Federal Government’s decision puts to bed the ACCC’s ideological pursuit of personal imports which would only have had harmful consequences for businesses and consumers.”