Drivers face higher repair bills in EU car parts crackdown

Motorists face soaring fixing costs from a Brussels crackdown on unbranded car parts, among the world's biggest distributors has stated.

The EU is speaking with on a modification to supposed block exemption regulations which allow independent garages to make use of cheaper "aftermarket" parts as opposed to manufacturer-branded parts. Britain will immediately follow these guidelines under a post-Brexit contract unless UK regulators interfere.

Andy Hamilton of Euro Car Parts cautioned that motorists take the chance of being forced to spend an additional ₤ 100 a year if the Government does not action in to overrule brand-new the European Union legislation.

10s of countless mechanics could be pushed into using branded items consequently - and also Euro Car Parts estimates this would land motorists with an additional ₤ 2.4 bn each year consequently.

" Ministers need to step in to accelerate the concern. If not, Britons backwards and forwards the country will certainly have to fork out ₤ 2.4 bn in additional expenses that go right into the hands of car manufacturers - most of which bill a huge costs for repairing their cars."

Vehicle drivers have actually already been struck by petrol costs striking eight-year highs. Rises in oil rates and also anxieties about rising cost of living have pushed them to degrees last seen in 2013.

Mr Hamilton included: "Independent garages regularly rank higher for customer fulfillment than the franchised dealerships, supplying a local 'all-makes' service at a competitive cost-- critically, which can be flexed depending upon the parts the motorist fits paying for."

Ministers have actually suggested that brand-new green taxes are most likely to be introduced to counter the predicted loss of fuel duty from absolutely no exhaust vehicles.

Euro Car Parts stocks 160,000 components at its nationwide distribution centre in Tamworth and also operates 330 branches. It was gotten by LKQ Corporation, largest provider of replacement parts in the US as well as Canada, in a ₤ 280m sell 2011.

Inquiries also continue to be over exactly how the Government will spend for a ₤ 30bn budgetary opening as an outcome of its ban on sales of new gasoline and also diesel autos from 2030.

He included that any change can pose a significant risk to the UK's 30,000 independent garages and their 350,000-strong labor force.

The Competition and also Markets Authority, Britain's regulator, remains in talks with the Government concerning the present regulations ahead of their end in 2023. A final decision on what to do will be made by the Business Secretary.

Mr Hamilton said: "We quickly need to recognize what the CMA's plans are, or else British chauffeurs take the chance of being driven right into a syndicate that will certainly cost them nearly ₤ 100 a year and also much more in future.