The UK Right to Repair Campaign Strategy Group has disbanded. The Group was formed in February 2007 to lobby for the reinstatement of a Block Exemption Regulation for the independent aftermarket.
It achieved this objective â€“ on June 1, a new sector specific Regulation with accompanying guidelines came into force.
Jim Mazza, the Campaign’s chairman, said: â€œThe motor vehicle specific regulations and guidelines introduced on June 1, 2010, which will run until 2023, are a fantastic outcome and far beyond my expectations.
“These coupled with other European legislation and directives provide strong protection for the independent automotive aftermarket and ensure an ongoing competitive environment from which the motorist will benefit. The UK Strategy Group is very satisfied with the outcome of the campaign.â€
He added: â€œThe Campaign united the entire independent aftermarket, which added huge weight to our arguments as we were able to speak on behalf of the whole industry.
“The success of the campaign isnâ€™t due to the efforts of a few people, but the actions of everyone who has helped in providing funding and creating awareness by distributing literature, having an R2RC
presence at trade shows, exhibitions and conferences and using the R2RC logo. This shows what can be achieved by working together.â€
The R2RC logo will also be withdrawn. It had been has been licensed for use by the international aftermarket association, FIGIEFA, which spearheaded the pan-European Campaign.