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Today the MTA is excited to announce a major win of national significance for the collision repair industry and motoring consumers.

South Australia is now the first jurisdiction in Australia to add enforceable penalties for breaches of the national Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry (MVIRI) Code of Conduct, which will become law in the Fair Trading Act 1987.

The changes will also require insurers to disclose to South Australian policy holders whether they have choice of repairer, as well as whether they have a direct financial stake or contractual relationship with a repairer.

We are proud to become the nation leader in protecting small to medium and family run collision repairers through fairer dispute resolution processes with insurers.

This significant achievement could not have happened without the representations by MTA members to the Parliamentary Committee which started looking into this issue more than two years ago.

In particular, the MTA would like to thank Body Repair Specialists (BRD) Chair, Dario Tonon, former member of the Code of Conduct Administration Committee and former BRD Chair, Jeff Williams, former BRD Chair and MTA Board Member, Tom Skothos and BRD Deputy Chair Travis Rainsford.

We would also like to thank MTA Industry and Government Engagement Manager, Kaes Cillessen and Corporate Communications and Future Growth Manager, Daniel Forbes for working behind the scenes with all Parliamentarians to get this over the line.