Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Dealer Group Welcomes Proposal

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Dealer Group Welcomes Proposal

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Byline: Alyssa Welke

PETER Roberts hopes a State Government move to split the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act (2000_ (PAMDA) into industry specific Acts reduces red tape in the motoring industry.

Mr Roberts, who is the dealer principal of Peter Roberts Honda, said the proposal would hopefully reduce the paperwork needed to complete a sales transaction.

aIt may assist us in reducing the paperwork we need to do to sell each car,a Mr Roberts said.

He said under current legislation the paperwork for both motor dealers and property agents was the same.

aIt seems to be a lot of paperwork for a relatively small transaction, in comparison with a house,a he said.

aI think if they reduce the paperwork and complexity it would be a good thing.a

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland has welcomed the move to split the unwieldy PAMDA into four industry-specific Acts.

aFor too long, motor vehicle dealers have been hamstrung by legislation that is full of duplication and unnecessary red tape,a said MTA Queensland general manager Kellie Dewar.

aIn order to comply with PAMDA, dealers have had to contend with 14 separate Government forms specifically related to the sale of vehicles.

aBy splitting PAMDA, the government has gone some way to fixing what has justifiably become an extremely unpopular piece of legislation.a

However, while the new laws are a step in the right direction, MTA Queensland is urging the Attorney-General to use this opportunity to make more substantive policy changes to the law.

MTA Queensland is calling for the introduction of measures in the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Bill 2013 which will identify dodgy backyard operators and put them out of business.

aAmong other things, we will again be asking the Government to mandate that all vehicle dealers have council-approved business premises,a Ms Dewar said. …

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