IGA welcome EC review on access to technical information

Published 31/07/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

“The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is pleased that the European Commission has committed to carrying out a review on access to technical information from vehicle manufacturers to independent garages” said Stuart James, IGA Director.

Recently, the IGA with the Dutch trade body Bovag met with the European Commission to present a detailed report on access to technical information for the vehicles with the Euro 5 type approval onwards.

Since 2010 it has been a legal requirement that vehicle manufacturers release all technical information to independent garages. They also have an obligation to provide technical service bulletins, recall information, online diagnosis and software updates for new cars with Euro 5 type approval.

James continued “The report proves that vehicle manufacturers are still not meeting the legal requirements that the European Commission has set for them.

“Technical information is the life blood for independent garages to be able to repair cars in the future. Without it they will struggle to carry out an effective diagnosis. Therefore it is imperative that the European Commission act now to ensure that vehicle manufacturers are meeting the requirements.

“The IGA continue to work closely with our European partners on this matter and will closely monitor any review to ensure the interests of our members are represented on such an important industry subject.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Keely Scanlan, Press Officer

Tel: 020 7307 3410

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Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406

Web: www.rmif.co.uk       Email: keely.scanlan@rmif.co.uk

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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