The ARA is committed to industry advocacy and leadership. Here are some of the core issues affecting the industry, their impact on the motoring public, and what the ARA is doing about it.

Mandatory Vehicle Inspection Program for B.C.

July 25, 2013

The issue: The ARA is proposing that government consider the implementation of a mandatory vehicle inspection program. The province of B.C. does require that any vehicle imported from out of province and being registered in this province must first pass …read more »

ICBC’s Position On The Federal Competition Act

June 26, 2012

The issue: In early 2011, ICBC announced that the Corporation will no longer negotiate with trade associations or other industry representative groups on the rates it pays to suppliers due to recent changes to federal competition law. Prior to this …read more »

Total Losses

June 25, 2012

The issue:  In recent years, the number of vehicles deemed total losses by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has increased, with serious consequences for the consumer, the collision industry, and the economy. The term total loss refers to …read more »

Rebuilt Vehicle Inspection Process

June 23, 2012

The Issue: The rebuilt vehicle inspection process in B.C. needs repair. Over the last few years, industry repair shops have witnessed an increase in the number of poorly rebuilt vehicles, and recently reported media stories validate this claim. For example, …read more »

Auto Glass Standards of Performance

June 22, 2012

The issue: Public safety demands the professional installation of auto glass governed by an industry-led Standards of Performance. A Standards of Performance is a set of procedures and guidelines that insure the correct replacement of auto glass. A windshield protects …read more »

Salvage Acquisition – ICBC Buyer Terms & Conditions

June 21, 2012

The Issue: In recent years the price of salvage has risen beyond the recycler’s ability to compete on a level playing field. In the mid 1990’s, ICBC developed its buyer’s terms and conditions in order to curb many of the …read more »

Refuse-to-Issue Program

June 20, 2012

The issue: Unclaimed vehicles left in towing storage yards are a persistent and costly issue for towers in British Columbia. To assist with this problem, the ARA helped negotiate Bill 14 – 2010 with the Office of the Superintendent of …read more »

Slow Down, Move Over

June 19, 2012

The Issue: On June 1, 2009, a new regulation took effect to enhance the safety of emergency workers by requiring drivers to slow down and move over when passing parked emergency vehicles with flashing lights. As critical as it is, …read more »

Unlicensed Motor Dealers/Curbers

June 18, 2012

The Issue: Unlicensed motor dealers put the public at risk and create unfair competition for legitimate licensed motor dealers. Unlicensed motor dealers, also known as curbers, acquire vehicles and sell them to consumers from parking lots or curbsides. They do …read more »

Hertz/ICBC Auto Rental Agreement

June 17, 2012

The Issue:The rental agreement between ICBC and Hertz Canada has closed businesses, limited consumer choice, and cost the B.C. economy millions of dollars. In 2008, ICBC reached an agreement with Hertz Canada to provide rental cars at reduced prices to …read more »