NEW TRADE COALITION FORMED TO FIGHT BLOCK EXEMPTION THREAT

A coalition, comprising automotive trade associations and commercial organisations, has been formed to lobby the government on upholding the rights of the aftermarket.

The UK Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair (AFCAR), which derives its name from the European group of the same name, will lobby across a number of policy issues, most notably block exemption renewal as well as type approval, cybersecurity as well as other issues that affect market competitiveness and freedom of choice for the motorist.

Overall, the group has called for much greater enforcement of the requirements for both the MV-BER and Type Approval regulations, preferably through an expert, properly resourced section of the CMA or via a truly independent Ombudsman.

Mark Field, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “The coming together of such a wide group of trade associations and businesses underlines what’s at stake for the automotive aftermarket. Independent access to information, an effective parts supply chain, competition and a vibrant Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) landscape are critical to keeping millions of vehicles roadworthy and ensures the consumer benefits from choice and affordable mobility.”

Published by Greg Whitaker

Editor of CAT Magazine and an experienced motoring journalist @GregWhitaker5

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