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Committee Invites Input on Bill Proposing Auto Repair Protection for Consumers

The Standing Committee on Families and Communities is seeking input on Bill 203, Fair Trading (Motor Vehicle Repair Pricing Protection for Consumers) Amendment Act, 2016.

“Bill 203 attempts to improve cost certainty and provide greater protection for consumers when dealing with automotive service and repairs,” said Nicole Goehring, chair of the committee and MLA for Edmonton-Castle Downs. “The committee review provides opportunities for industry representatives, consumers and, in fact, all Albertans to provide feedback on this proposed legislation.”

Bill 203 proposes that amendments be made to the Fair Trading Act to better protect consumers when dealing with the service or repair of their vehicles. The Bill proposes new requirements for automotive service and repair businesses with respect to providing estimates, invoices and warranties, receiving authorization to complete repairs or work and returning removed or replaced parts.

Interested parties are encouraged to provide a written submission to the committee. Submissions and the identities of authors may be made public.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 28, 2016.

More information on Bill 203 and an online submission form can be found at assembly.ab.ca/committees/familiesandcommunities

The Assembly referred Bill 203 to the Standing Committee on Families and Communities on April 11, 2016.

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