Sunday, 21 September 2008

The EU and the block exemption

Currently manufactuerers have to make their parts supply chain available to independent garages. The EU has decided to change this with the following effects.

The EU planned changes mean car manufacturers will no longer be forced to provide parts and computer codes to independent garages so they can carry out repairs on the vehicles.

Instead motorists will have to have their cars fixed at the manufacturer's dealership workshops, where charges are up to 40 per cent more.

The average hourly charge at an independent garage is £55.63 compared to £94.70 at a dealership garage, according to recent figures.

That's nice of them, isn't it?

Can we leave yet?

1 comment:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Hang about here.

IIUC, t'was the EU who introduced the rules that forced manufacturers to supply parts to independent dealers in the first place (which seems like a fair enough rule to me, although it does override freedom of contract).

You can criticize them for introducing the rule in the first place (in which case, fair enough) but not for getting rid of it again.