New cars are computers on wheels.
Real-time access to digital files and codes, which vary from car to car, is needed to complete many aspects of a repair or service. Car manufacturers generally own and control this technical information and in many cases are the only sources.
Whatever car you own, everyone should be able to choose where they get their car serviced.
But the multinational car manufacturers guarding this information push up prices for car services, and limit the ability of independent mechanics to grow their businesses and generate more jobs.
The Liberals have only been interested in protecting their multinational mates, not driving a better deal for car owners and independent mechanics.
A Shorten Labor Government will require car manufacturers to share technical information with independent mechanics on commercially fair and reasonable terms, with safeguards that enable environmental, safety and security-related technical information to be shared with the independent sector.
Labor will stick up for small businesses, Aussie tradies and keeping the cost of living down for families.
This reform will not only deliver savings to drivers, who will have better choice and easier access to repairs, but also create a level playing field for independent mechanics who will be able to stay in business as a result.