IGA DRIVING EU REVIEW OF ACCESS TO MANUFACTURER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Published 22/04/2014 00:00:00 in Press Releases

“It is extremely encouraging that the European Commission has launched a review into the process of access to vehicle repair and maintenance information”, said Stuart James, Independent Garage Association (IGA) Director.

Since 2010 it has been a requirement that vehicle manufacturers make available technical information outside of their franchised networks. This includes all technical service bulletins, recall information, online diagnosis and software updates and applies to all cars from Euro 5 type approval onwards.

Despite this, a recent study by IGA’s European Counterpart BOVAG shows that elements of this information are still not available. Ricardo-AEA has been appointed by the Commission to carry out the review across the EU.

James continued, “The IGA has been instrumental in lobbying the European Commission to start a consultation and is liaising with Ricardo-AEA to ensure that the survey provides the right information. 

“It is vital that garages have access to technical information in order to repair cars now and in the future and we are pleased the commission is acting on this issue.

“We are working closely with our members to ensure that the voice of UK independents is heard and expect a high level of response by the end of the study”.

 

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Rupal Rawal, Communications Officer
Tel: 020 7307 3412
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.   

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