LAST_UPDATEThu, 24 May 2018 8am

Trade Ministry To Table Automotive Maintenance And Repair Service Bill In March

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry will table the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Service Bill in the Parliament in March.

Its minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said the bill is important to ensure consumers get the best service when sending their vehicles to service centres and workshops.

He said the bill will set several vehicle service licence categories and ensure that mechanics have skills that suit with the job scope.

"We want the mechanics to have the skills before being employed in the automotive industry. We will determine certain regulations, and they (mechanics) need to have skills certificates based on the job scope they applied.

"Such regulations are important to prevent vehicle owners from being deceived by workshop owners," he said at a press conference after attending a townhall session with stakeholders and industry players on the bill.

He said the regulations, however, will not control the price imposed by automotive service centres and workshops. He said the charge of the service is determined by the current market.

Hamzah said the townhall session received positive reactions from the industry players, whereby they want to see the development of automotive maintenance and repair service industry.

He said the ministry wanted the automotive service centres and workshops in the country to portray a good image.

He said 30,000 automotive service centres and workshops including tyre and accessories shops are required to have a licence to operate when the bill is enforced.

He said the ministry has no intention to limit the industry players to run such business, and that the ministry will give time for them to fulfil the criteria and rules of the bill.

Earlier, 300 participants attended the townhall session, comprising representatives from relevant ministries, agencies, automotive maintenance and repair service associations, vehicle service centres owners, learning and training institutions and consumer associations.