The IGA and Dutch trade body Bovag have 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 (VMs) release 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.
“The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is pleased that the European Commission has committed to carrying out a review on access to technical information to independent garages”, said Stuart James, IGA Director. “The report proves that vehicle manufacturers are still not meeting the legal requirements that the European Commission has set.
“Technical information is the life blood for independent garages to be able to repair cars. Without it they will struggle to carry out an effective diagnosis. It is imperative that the European Commission act now to ensure that vehicle manufacturers are meeting the requirements.”
The IGA has promised to continue to work closely with European partners in continuing to monitor progress.