Labor is promising to make it mandatory for car manufacturers to share their information with all mechanics, if they win the next federal election.
Currently, some smaller independent mechanics are not given access to such information.
Labor says the changes will allow vehicles to be serviced by any mechanic, creating a level playing field for independent mechanics.
Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh says the measures will keep many small businesses afloat, while making it cheaper for consumers.
“These independent mechanics feel shut out by the manufacturers,” says Mr Leigh. “They feel they haven’t been getting a fair deal through the voluntary code that’s been in place, and the independent experts agree. A report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has backed Labor’s recommendations; the Government is yet to implement that report.”
Labor says the legislation will help 23,000 independent mechanics.