Media Centre

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

Recycled parts key to electric vehicle success

Update Regarding the Auto Glass Division

Auto glass members can direct questions and comments to David Ribeiro, collision and mechanical advisor, who has extensive experience working with ICBC, or President and CEO Adrian Scovell, who has many years of experience with Belron and was chairman of …read more »

Moneris offers lower transaction rates for ARA members

Moneris Solutions Corporation (Moneris) has amended the agreement with the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) to offer the ARA’s members lower transaction rates as part of Interchange Plus Pricing and reductions to select fees. Effective February 3, 2020, Moneris will apply …read more »

Top Ten ARA Highlights of 2019

2019 was a year of change and growth for the Automotive Retailers Association and 2020 is already looking like another exciting year. Let’s take a look at the top ten highlights from 2019: 1. After eight years, over $250,000 dollars …read more »

Industry Working Committee Identifies Challenges of Micromobility Vehicles

Technology is constantly evolving, sometimes faster than regulations. One of these evolutions is the introduction of the “micromobility” products into the two-wheeled marketplace. This includes electric scooters, skateboards, and e-bicycles, which are now capable of exceeding speeds of 32km/h. As …read more »

At-Fault Crashes in Fleet Won’t Impact Driver’s ICBC Premiums

ICBC is making a change to the new rating model so that at-fault crashes that occur in a fleet vehicle will not impact the driver’s ICBC premiums. Changes were made in August to ICBC’s new model to help fleet customers …read more »

Ensuring Sustainability with Performance Group

On November 28, the ARA hosted an introduction meeting for participants wishing to take place in an upcoming performance group. The performance group, managed by AutoHouse Technologies, Color Compass, and BASF, will help shops better measure, monitor, enable, and influence …read more »

Labour Market Survey Results

In late July, Collision Division Advisor David Ribeiro sent out a survey to industry asking body shops to participate in a 23 question “Labour Market” survey. The results capture the current environment in British Columbia related to: labour market salaries …read more »

ICBC Builds Deeper Understanding and Appreciation for Towing Industry

It sounds easy—just hitch up and go—but there’s a lot more to the towing industry than meets the eye.  Over the years, vehicles have become a lot more complex and towing practices have had to evolve as well. Recently, Kathy …read more »

National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

by Nicole Edgington, RoadSafetyBC In British Columbia, the third Wednesday each November is a day to remember those who have been killed or injured in often preventable road crashes, and the loved ones left to cope with sudden and unexpected loss …read more »

First-Ever B.C. Apprenticeship Recognition Month

The government of British Columbia has proclaimed November 2019 as the first-ever Apprenticeship Recognition Month, highlighting the value of apprentices and those who support their success. It is also a great occasion to acknowledge the contribution of skilled tradespeople to …read more »

A Letter to the Auto Glass Division

Dear Members of the Auto Glass Division, It is with mixed feelings that I announce that I have left the ARA to pursue a new opportunity. It has been an honour and a privilege to be your association representative and …read more »

ARA and AutoHouse Technologies to Launch Performance Group

With the new ICBC Collision Repair program rolling out soon, there will be added focus on shop performance with respect to attaining Tier One status. Shop owners and managers will need to understand how to improve operational performance and factor in …read more »

ICBC Helps Improve Vehicle Impoundment Process

By Ken Hendricks, industry relations advisor, towing and recovery The Towing and Recovery Division has long been advocating for improvements to the burdensome process of disposing unclaimed impounded vehicles. After a serendipitous meeting with Kathy Parslow, ICBC vice president, material …read more »

Clarification Over Former Minister’s Promise of Training Centre

In 2015, Todd Stone, then the minister responsible for ICBC, surprised the ARA by announcing in a speech that he would direct ICBC to transfer their training centre over to the ARA. The intention was for the ARA to develop the …read more »