April 2, 2004

Non-profit group to oversee car dealers in B.C.

Burnaby, B.C. – A new non-profit organization, the Motor Dealer Council of B.C. (MDC), has been set up to administer and enforce the Motor Dealer Act in B.C.

The MDC oversees consumer protection and regulates approximately 1,700 motor dealers and their sales representatives. The MDC will be introducing a new process where all licensed motor dealers will be required to ensure that their staff involved in retail vehicle sales complete a licensing process. As one of the first examples in the province of a “delegated administrative authority”, it represents an alternative administrative structure for the delivery of public service by the provincial government.

The MDC registered as a not-for-profit society on July 21, 2003 and worked cooperatively with the Ministry of Small Business and Economic Development to ensure an effective transition on April 1, 2004. The MDC plays a major role in the regulation and licensing of motor dealers and the related areas of consumer protection applicable to motor dealers. More specifically, the government has mandated the MDC to assume greater responsibility for some or all of the following: licensing, standard setting and enforcement, complaint resolution, consumer protection and public industry education.

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