A new bill being tabled by the NDP in the legislature aims to increase consumer protection by increasing the government’s oversight powers, especially targeting the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council.
AMVIC is responsible for licensing automotive businesses and salespeople, while also investigating violations.
Minister of Service Alberta, Stephanie McLean says, however, under the current rules the Minister has little power to step in when a regulator isn’t doing it’s job:
“Today, we are changing that. This proposed legislation is an important first step to ensure Albertans that their government is ready to step in, if and when they’re needed.”
She says this will allow the ministry to step in if a board ever becomes disfunctional:
“When we stepped into government and started taking a look at how everything is structured on a very detailed basis, this is one of the things we found. It’s extemely anomalous even within Alberta government legislation to not have the ability to provide any oversight.”
McLean adds that this act will provide necessary protections for Albertans looking to purchase or repair a vehicle.