Labor welcomes the Turnbull Government’s decision not to proceed with a proposal to allow personal importation of new motor vehicles from the United Kingdom and Japan.
The Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Mr Paul Fletcher, announced today that the change would not be included in the Road Vehicle Standards Bill when it is introduced into Parliament later this year.
The Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, said that the Government had done the right thing in heeding warnings from the automotive industry that safety and service standards could not be guaranteed in direct personal imports of cars.
“And if basic consumer expectations can’t be guaranteed, neither can lower costs,” Senator Carr said.
“Buying a car is not like buying a book on Amazon. Once the car arrives the consumer can hardly return it if it is faulty. There would be none of the support traditionally provided by car dealerships in Australia.”
Allowing personal imports would also have threatened the role of dealerships as the chief providers of apprenticeships and training for motor mechanics, Senator Carr said.
“In country towns, dealers are often major employers, and the closure of dealerships would have had a serious impact on local and regional economies.
“This decision is a win for common sense, for vehicle safety, and for Australian jobs.”