$175 million win and jobs saved for small motor vehicle businesses

New specialised licensing could save small motor vehicle dealer and repairer businesses from going bust around NSW, as part of the State Government’s Better Business Reforms.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the package, including introducing specialised licenses, will save small business in the motor vehicle industry about $175 million over 10 years, as well as saving regional jobs.

“I was alarmed to hear that dozens of motor vehicle dealers and repairers in NSW have folded because they simply can’t get workers under the current qualification requirements,” Mr Kean said.

“At the moment, even if you only do wheel alignments, you also need to be qualified to change an engine. It madness – and maddening for our regional motor vehicle repairers.

“That’s why we’re introducing specialised licensing, which will require workers to only be trained in the tasks they actually do.”

The Better Business Reforms also include getting rid of:

  • Inconvenient laws that stop motor dealers selling cars at car trade shows;
  • Regulations that force businesses to spend months waiting for court orders allowing them to get rid of abandoned goods and cars; and
  • Outdated laws that require motor vehicle dealers to get multiple dealership licences when they could just have one licence.

“Small business owners have told me it costs them huge amounts of time and money to get rid of uncollected goods like abandoned cars,” Mr Kean said

“You also know that regulation has gone wild when you can’t buy a car at a car show,” Mr Kean said.

“This is the best example of red tape reduction I’ve seen in decades. These reforms will create jobs and help our members and small business keep their doors open,” said Gary O’Sullivan from the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW.

Mr Kean will introduce the Better Business Reforms, which also include reforms to increase transparency for consumers, into Parliament later this month.