Posted October 15, 2018 07:58:50AUSTRALIA has become the first country to ban online sale of parts for car and motorcycle models, following similar legislation in the UK and US.
Key points:Regulators say online sale has raised concerns for people buying cars and motorcyclesA crackdown on the sale of auto parts is set to begin next monthRegulators will soon issue an order for a ban on online sales of all kinds of auto, motorcycle and light commercial vehicles, including trucks, boats, planes, buses and trains, and parts of them.
The Government will soon start issuing an interim order for the ban, which will be in place until further notice.
“There is a strong public interest in the protection of the environment and the health and safety of people,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Industry Group, Michael Morris.
“This is not a new approach, and we believe we have a strong case for this and it’s not going to be an easy decision.”
Mr Morris said the Government’s decision to ban the sale would be made in a way that maximises consumer choice, and will not have an adverse effect on consumers.
“I think it’s going to have an impact on a number of people, who will not be able to make any decisions about whether they are going to buy a new car, or whether they’re going to invest in their own vehicle, or whatever,” he said.
“They’re going do it online, so we think there’s a lot more opportunity to find the best deals and the cheapest deals.”
Mr Philip, who is also the CEO of Australia’s largest online retail company, TigerDirect, said he was “very encouraged” that the Government was moving to ban such online sales.
“It is a very good outcome,” he told News24.
“When you look at the impact that there’s been on the auto industry and the economy in Australia, it’s been enormous, and it will continue to be,” he added.
“In terms of the economic impact it will be really, really good for the Australian economy and for the global economy.”
Mr Phillip said that as part of the ban there will be a requirement that all online orders be made on a secure site, with a one-time password for access.
“We’ve got to be very careful that we do not put people at risk, and there’s going’t be any people at the centre of this,” he explained.
“People can be targeted and targeted by a lot of different things.”
A ban on the online sale is set for next month, and would be enforced against anyone with a direct order or a business plan to sell a vehicle.
“Any person who has an order placed to sell or a product made for sale that’s on sale for any period after this date will be subject to a notice period,” Mr Morris said.
He said a ban would apply only to the sale, not the supply of parts or accessories.
“The key thing here is that we don’t want to have any retailers that are providing services that are not in the best interest of the public,” he advised.
“So we’ve got the responsibility here of making sure that we’re giving the consumers the best deal for their money.”
Mr Jordan said the ban was a “good move” in the long-term, and one that would allow people to make informed decisions about the purchases they make.
“Ultimately we have to balance the interests of the consumer and the interests and values of the manufacturer,” he argued.
“And there are a number that are aligned with the consumer.”
Mr Phil said he believed the Government should focus on protecting the environment.
“What I think is really interesting to see is that there are more and more governments around the world that are taking a position against this, and I think that’s good, because I think if they look at it from a consumer perspective, they’re seeing the environmental impact of the trade that they’re doing,” he remarked.
“That’s something that’s very hard to find in the world.”