The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has submitted a response on behalf of members to the latest round of consultation on the UK replacement for the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MVBER), which expires at the end of this month.
Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive comments: “The MVBER is a hugely important piece of legislation, both to our members and to the motoring public. It protects consumer choice and promotes open and fair competition in the service, repair and maintenance sector.
“As the voice of the independent garage sector, we have actively engaged with the government to help shape the UK legislation which will take its place - the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Order (MVBEO), and we are pleased to see that consideration has been given to our previous comments and suggestions.
“There is a great deal to welcome in the new order. We are reassured that the MVBEO is, by and large, aligned to the needs of the British consumer and the UK motor vehicle sector. The new legislation will include greater clarity for consumers around warranty restrictions, and protect their freedom of choice in terms of vehicle service, maintenance and repair during the vehicle manufacturers’ warranty period.
“The Order also gives guidance on parts and supplier agreements which will protect the ability of independent garages to offer a quality service to the customer.
“We would have liked to have seen more clarity and reach within the CMA guidance document on the topics of access to in-vehicle data and access for independent operators to connected vehicle communications. These have the potential to mislead motorists into thinking they must take their vehicle into the authorised repair network, an important issue which we would like to see given further attention.
“Given the pace of technological advancements of motor vehicles in recent years, we are also urging the government to commit to an interim review of the MVBEO after three years, to ensure that the terminologies remain relevant and the MVBEO is operating as anticipated.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is the largest and most prominent trade body representing UK independent garages. They support members with the day-to-day challenges and complexities of running a garage business and offer a wealth of services, advice and resources, while ensuring that the sector’s voice is heard at Government level. https://independentgarageassociation.co.uk
- Read the consultation documents here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-mvbeo-guidance
- Read the IGA response here: https://independentgarageassociation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/CMA-MVBEO-Guidance-consultation.pdf
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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.