The Canadian Independent Automotive Association (CIAA) is calling aftermarket professionals – members or not – to a town hall meeting over controversial proposed amendments to Alberta’s Fair Trade Act.
Bill 203, a private member’s bill introduced by Edmonton-Meadowlark MLA Jon Carson, proposes a number of changes to the way auto repair shops would have to operate in the province. The bill has already gone through first reading. Second reading could happen as early as April 11 or 18.
Among other things, it would require shops to provide an estimate before they can charge anything (unless the customer declines an estimate or authorizes a maximum amount they’re willing to pay), offer warranties of 90 days or 5,000 km on all work done, and prohibit shops from charging for estimates if customers agree to have the work done at the facility.
The meeting wil be held on Thursday April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at:
9298 Horton Rd SW
A link to the association’s position on Bill 203 can be found on the publications page of the CIAA website .