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IAAF joins ‘Right to Repair’ movement

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has joined other global association leaders to support the global ‘Right to Repair’ movement, by signing the new right to repair position statement.

This document sets out 10 best practice principles to developing a framework for right to repair legislation that any supporting country can use and adapt to their needs.

Globally, the automotive aftermarket keeps 1.5 billion vehicles on the road while contributing $1.8 trillion to the global economy.

After vehicles exit their warranty period, independent repair outlets perform 70 per cent of repairs. This industry and the consumer choice that it creates is being threatened by automotive manufacturers that block access to wirelessly transmitted vehicle repair and maintenance data, according to the IAAF.

Without the convenience and choice of independent parts and repair, especially in suburban and rural communities, the IAAF says consumers will have limited access to affordable vehicle service and repair.

These restrictions can have “catastrophic effects” on local economies and the well-being and safety of millions that rely on vehicle transportation daily, it adds.

In the UK, the independent automotive aftermarket comprises some 50,000 (mainly SME) businesses, employing around 350,000 skilled employees who collectively generate some £13.5 billion to the UK economy, whilst also providing key societal infrastructure and mobility benefits.

Mark Field, chief executive of IAAF, said: “By joining this global Right to Repair movement, the UK aftermarket is united in a common goal to ensure competitive choice for the motorist.

“This fight is ongoing, and we have ambitious plans to raise awareness of motorists’ rights and highlight the brilliance and choice the sector offers in vehicle service and repair.”