Block Exemption Regulation under review ahead of 2023 expiry

European Commission begins review of regulation which serves to protect UK's independent aftermarket

Block Exemption Regulation under review ahead of 2023 expiry
The current legislation prevents a vehicle’s warranty being invalidated if serviced at a non-franchise dealer, provided manufacturer-approved parts are used. Image: Bigstock.

The European Commission has published an ‘evaluation roadmap’ outlining the process of a consultation, review and possible revision of Block Exemption Regulation, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has confirmed.

The current regulation expires on May 31, 2023 and according to Article 7, the Commission has to draw up an evaluation report on its operation by the end of May 2021.

In a newsletter to its members, the IAAF said: “This is not yet the start of the formal consultation on Block Exemption Regulation, but a consultation on the Roadmap for the actual consultation which will commence in 2020.

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“On the 19 February 2019, the Commission announced its plan to gather facts and evidence on the functioning of BER.

“The criteria to be used in the review process include the regulation’s effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and coherence as well as its EU added value.”

The IAAF is working in conjunction with FIGIEFA – the European federation and political representative in Brussels for the independent aftermarket – to input to the Commission at this early stage of the process.

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    We do need serious help in this department, the current suppliers of technical information are becoming useless nowadays with every excuse under the sun after repeatedly ringing and emailing for proper technical information.

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