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RMI pleased with car parts plan

Consumers would benefit from the liberalistion of the European Union parts market, according to the Retail Motor Industry Federation.

The European Commission plans to open up the €10bn market for car parts to independent parts makers, a move that would allow garages to offer cheaper alternatives.

The UK already allows the production of non-OE parts, including bonnets, bumpers, doors, and lamps.

The 2002 Block Exemption Regulation originally paved the way for independent producers to offer an alternative parts source to that of the car manufacturers.

Matthew Carrington, RMI chief executive, says: “Thanks to Block Exemption, businesses in the UK can already offer their customers non-OE replacement parts and this has become a successful and popular option for both independent and franchised garages. By opening up the market across the EU, choice could be broadened further still.

“However, maintaining quality will be vital for European parts producers: UK consumers demand quality products, so high standards in production will be necessary,' said Carrington.”

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