MPI and Repair Trade Move Forward with New Light Vehicle Repair Industry Model

After productive discussions, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), the Automotive Trades Association of Manitoba (ATA) and the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association (MMDA) have agreed to a new Light Vehicle Accreditation Agreement (LVAA) model, which is focused on meaningful consultation between the repair industry and the province’s public auto insurer.

The existing LVAA will expire on July 26, 2021 and over the next two weeks repair shops will transition to a new agreement.

The new LVAA model also includes a standalone consultation framework to ensure industry associations continue to have the opportunity to raise ideas, discuss emerging trends and share concerns from their members directly with MPI on their behalf. This framework outlines the creation of three standing committees – Technical and Parts Committee, Glass Committee, and Program and Accreditation Committee.

“The shared responsibility that MPI and the repair industry hold in providing safe and proper repairs to Manitobans requires a strong, trusted and collaborative relationship,” said Eric Herbelin, President & CEO, MPI. “I know that this new LVAA model will allow us to continue to be good partners by listening to valuable perspectives, and most importantly, ensure a strong repair shop network for our customers.”

This focus on building a collaborative relationship was an important component of the new model for industry representatives.

“Knowing the association’s voice on behalf of shops of all sizes, from all corners of the province, will continue to be heard at the table was a significant component of this new framework for our industry,” said Johnny Vernaus, President, ATA. “I’m pleased to see the establishment of these committees and I look forward to productive discussions that will happen as a result.”

Based on the constructive engagement from all involved to find this new path forward, the ATA, MMDA and MPI remain committed to growing this partnership in a mutually-beneficial way.

“This model helps create stability for the auto repair industry throughout Manitoba. As we hope to soon put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us all, it’s an important time for many businesses to look to the future and this new structure helps our members do that with opportunities for our voices to be heard,” said Geoff Sine, Executive Director, MMDA.

There are no anticipated customer impacts to this transition.

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Manitoba Public Insurance
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