Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New regime for motor vehicle trading

New regime for motor vehicle trading

The Motor Vehicle Sales Bill, passed this morning in Parliament, heralds a new regime for motor vehicle trading, says Associate Commerce Minister Judith Tizard.

“The new legislation is an overdue reform of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1975,” says Judith Tizard. “I anticipate it will come into force towards the end of this year.

“Since 1975, the way New Zealanders have gone about buying and selling motor vehicles has changed dramatically. The restrictions, costs and procedures of working within the 1975 Act have been considered too onerous by many in the motor vehicle business, resulting in unnecessary cost and significant illegal trading.

“As a result, many in the motor vehicle business have avoided their obligations, including those under consumer law. As Minister of Consumer Affairs, I am particularly pleased that the new legislation protects and promotes the interests of consumers when buying a motor vehicle.”

The legislation: Creates a new registration regime for persons involved in the business of motor vehicle trading; Allows for the removal of unsuitable participants; Revamps the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal; Provides for car information through a revised window card; and Provides for much stronger enforcement, which will be undertaken by an enforcement team at the Ministry of Economic Development.

“We have had a great deal of consultation and input from stakeholders and experts, and this legislation has strong support from the motor vehicle industry who agree there should be protections for consumers and that bad players should be removed from the industry.

“I would particularly like to thank Paul Swain and former Commerce Select Committee Chair David Cunliffe for their work on the Bill, and United Future’s Paul Adams, who brought a willingness to share his motor vehicle trading experience with me in the course of consultations on this legislation.

“This legislation is a good example of the government working with industry and consumer groups to provide modern, straightforward legislation,” says Judith Tizard. “It will lead to a simpler system, helping consumers make more informed decisions and business to run more efficiently which, in turn, helps the economy work better.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news