Media Centre

Here is a list of recent news articles about the ARA.

ARA News: ARA Strategic Plan

Securing the future of B.C.’s automotive businesses and demonstrating our leadership in the industry. Last year, the ARA Board of Directors set the ARA on a course designed to demonstrate the industry’s leadership capabilities in a number of areas. As an …read more »

Want $1,000?

The Automotive Retailers Foundation is handing out $7,000 in awards, deadline June 30. Click this link for more information and to apply for scholarships and bursaries.

ARA News: Refuse to Issue Program Now Underway in B.C.

Drivers who leave their cars unclaimed in an impound lot may not be able to renew their driver’s licences until they pay their debts to the tow company. British Columbia has some of the most progressive laws in the country …read more »

New Distracted Driving Laws Effective June 1

Dear Members A reminder to our industry experts who best understand the impacts of driving while distracted. Effective June 1, the new distracted driver laws are in place. Offenders will face stiffer fines, more penalty points, and possible driving prohibitions …read more »

ARA News: Automotive Retailers Foundation

Keeping the passion alive.   When Bob Clarke left the ARA, the Board created the Bob Clarke Memorial Scholarship in his name. it was the first scholarship the association ever awarded. Its intent, even then, was that it would be …read more »

Government is Listening

You asked for a review of rates. Government agrees and, together with the ARA, is executing a confidential survey managed by MNP. Watch your inbox for your invitation to join the survey. We strongly recommend that you participate. Without your …read more »

ARA 2016 Member Services Guide Now Available

The Guide has entered the digital age. The ARA 2016 Member Services Guide is now available. For the first time, the Guide is online in an electronic format. The new format allows for added features that make it easier to …read more »

Effective Immediately: Business Improvements for Glass Claims

Thanks to the efforts of the Auto Glass/ICBC liaison committees, two significant changes will be taking place, effective immediately: Glass Express providers are no longer required to search for used parts. ICBC is extending telephone support hours on Saturdays. These …read more »

Off-Road Vehicle Act regulations effective November 1

According to the Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resources Operations, “Off-road vehicle registration and safety provisions are mandatory on Crown land, effective Nov. 1, 2015, following passage of regulations in support of the Off-Road Vehicle Act. The new regulations will promote …read more »

Auto Careers Site Going Live

Post for Free – Limited Time Offer The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) and the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) have partnered to form the BC Automotive Sector Alliance (BCASA). As announced during the ARA 2015 Annual General Meeting …read more »

An analysis of the automotive dismantling industry in British Columbia: current trends impacting the future sustainability of the industry

Since 1964, the B.C. Auto Recyclers (B-CAR) have pursued industry excellence through innovation, technology, and environmental sustainability. Members of B-CAR are passionate about their industry and actively pursue their goals through participation in local, provincial, national, and international associations and …read more »

Accident on the Coquihalla Sends Tow Truck Operator to Hospital.

The Automotive Retailers Association says the Government needs to enforce Slow Down and Move Over laws and protect roadside workers. The Coquihalla Highway was shut down on Saturday, June 27, after a bus collided with other vehicles, including a tow …read more »

Find a WorkSafe BC 2016 Insurance Rates Meeting in Your Area!

ARA members are invited to attend a session on WorkSafeBC’s insurance rates for 2016. This year, we are hosting eight different sessions around the province. To find a session in your region and reserve your seat, visit or call 604.247.7333. …read more »

Correction in ICBC KPI Reports

ICBC will be releasing the March KPI reports; however, they have confirmed that an error was discovered in the claim counts, which resulted in the non-issuance of the February report. The January report will be amended to show the corrected …read more »

Hon. Todd Stone to be the Keynote Speaker at 2015 ARA AGM & Convention

The ARA is very excited to announce that Hon. Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure, and Minister Responsible for ICBC, will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 ARA AGM & Convention Luncheon on Saturday, September 19. Click here …read more »