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News   April 11, 2003   by Auto Service World

Additional Mandatory Branding Meetings Scheduled


The Mandatory Branding program for severely damaged vehicles that are “total loss” in Ontario has started and questions remain in the collision repair industry about what it means.
Beginning March 31, vehicle brands will now be identified on a wide range of permits and other documents.
A series of information evenings in February and March were offered to those involved in the handling of damaged vehicles and held in nine Ontario cities.
The Collision Industry Action Group (CIAG) is offering two evening information sessions to better explain the program to those that still require additional assistance.
A meeting in Hamilton on Tuesday April 15 will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Chandelier Place (Fruitland Rd. And Barton St. in Stoney Creek).
A meeting in Toronto on Wednesday April 16 at 7:00 p.m. will be held at the Columbus Centre (Dufferin Ave. and Lawrence Ave.
Guest for the evening sessions will be Jim Cowan, MTO Mandatory Branding Administrator
The new program which now takes over from the previous voluntary program included nine public information evenings to update industry participants and interested public. There are significant changes in the new program particularly in areas such as brand assignment, re-assembled vehicles, imported branded vehicles and changes in the inspection process and handling of the completed forms.
Admission for the evening sessions is free to all CIAG association (HARA, TCRS, PVRA, DABA) paid-up members, and $40.00 for non-members.
For more information contact CIAG at 1-800-318-DENT (3368) or info@ciia.com


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