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Urges vehicle owners to seek quality and professional automotive repair and maintenance services

IRCSL should awake-SLASPA

President Amal Piyatilake, Senior Vice President Suraj Dandeniya, Secretary Sunil Devasurendra, Shashika De Silva, Ravith Silva, and Rohantha Samarasinghe and other officials. Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe.
President Amal Piyatilake, Senior Vice President Suraj Dandeniya, Secretary Sunil Devasurendra, Shashika De Silva, Ravith Silva, and Rohantha Samarasinghe and other officials. Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe.

The insurance sector should play a much pivotal role in the motor industry of the country and should be involved in a more vibrant performance as a regulator, Sri Lanka Automobile Service Providers Association (SLASPA), President Amal Piyatilake told a media conference held in Colombo on Thursday. He said in this regard they feel that the Insurance Regulatory Commission should awaken up.

“We had several meetings with them and are awaiting a response. The consumer has a right to use good quality spare parts and put their vehicle on the road according to manufacturers’ standards, which is not happening these days,” he said.

During the press conference, SLASPA urged local vehicle owners to seek the guidance of a professional automobile repair service centre that uses quality material and procedures. The association representatives stressed that vehicle owners should not compromise quality over increasing repair service costs even in these turbulent times. It is of utmost importance to ensure 100% safety and the vehicle’s market value for everyone.

SLASPA Media Coordinator Shashika De Silva urged that the general public should prioritise a SLASPA certified workshop for all the repairs and maintenance. SLASPA ensures that such establishments would carry out the repair or service in high moral and technical standards to keep the vehicle performing to its original condition for a longer period. SLASPA would also ensure that the organisation will independently assess all customer grievances or disagreements to ensure the vehicle owner’s interests are kept at their peak.

Similarly, suppose consumers visited any non-SLASPA workshop for any repair or maintenance job, they may be victimised by inferior repairs done according to financial benefits that favour the repairer or any other directives by third party financial interest holders. This may devalue their vehicle at resale and breakdowns at unknown times and places. At such a point, there would be no mediation opportunities to solve such calamities

SLASPA also disclosed that it had launched Fair Trade Auto as a responsible organisation. It certifies any organisation that holds this logo on their invoices, policies and or workshop/garage is certified as an exemplary business with high levels of moral and technical soundness that protect the rights of the consumer, employee, and environment as well as local and international laws and regulations. During the press conference, SLASPA urged vehicle owners to look only for SLASPA certified workshops and, in that, those who have Fair Trade Certification for quality vehicle repairs and maintenance

Furthermore, SLASPA will negotiate with Government and non-government establishments and regulatory bodies on behalf of the members and address the need for skilled and trained staff to face the challenges in repairing modern motor vehicles.

Having recognised the pivotal role they play in the industry, the Government had appointed two of their members into special Cabinet-approved committees that steer the developments of the local automobile repair service industry. Chartered Automobile Engineer Ravith Silva, Head of Strategy and National Organiser of SLASPA, was appointed by the Ministry of Industries to the Automobile Components Manufacturing & Assembly-Related Industry Committee as an advisory committee member. He was highly involved in the fabrication and upkeeping of the SOP which was launched in March 2021 for local vehicle assembly and manufacturing. Additionally, Shashika De Silva, Media coordinator of SLASPA, is a member of the Trade Development Council of the Ministry of Finance.


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