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New Car Dealers Association of BC Applauds Amendments to the Motor Dealer Act

New Car Dealers Association of BC Applauds Amendments to the Motor Dealer Act

February 18, 2016

The New Car Dealers Association (NCDA) of BC is extremely supportive of the legislative amendments to the Motor Dealer Act designed to ensure the highest level of accountability across automotive dealers.

The changes include new consumer protection powers for the Vehicle Sales Authority (VSA) that gives the VSA the ability to issue compliance orders and assess penalties in order to better protect buyers. Additionally, licensing categories will be implemented for wholesalers, broker-agents and broker-agent representatives who are currently not regulated under the Motor Dealer Act.

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Minister Mike Morris introduced the amendments today, leading the ruling on consumer protection. The leadership of both Minister Mike Morris and previously, Minister Suzanne Anton aided government’s decision to strengthen protections for motor vehicle buyers.

“This legislation helps to ensure that brokers, broker-agents and wholesalers are properly regulated and held to the same standards and level of accountability as car dealers,” says Blair Qualey, President and CEO, New Car Dealers Association of BC. “Consumers absolutely deserve full protection and transparency when making an investment as significant as a vehicle. This legislation addresses important regulatory gaps in the supply chain and helps to raise the level of accountability across our industry.”

Through the outlined changes, there will be a direct increase of fairness, accessibility and efficiency in the automotive sector. The ultimate goal is to provide a more flexible atmosphere that allows for a responsive approach to compliance.

For more information please visit: www.newcardealers.ca

About the New Car Dealers Association (NCDA) of BC: The NCDA is the provincial industry association that represents more than 350 new car and truck dealers throughout British Columbia. Members of the Association directly employ over 36,000 British Columbians and are responsible for close to $11 billion of retail sales in the province. The Association speaks on behalf of the retail new automotive industry to the public, media, and government, and deals primarily with the legal, environmental, and consumer issues relating to vehicle sales in British Columbia.

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