The final Right to Repair Guidelines published in December by the Competition Commission will come into effect from July 1, 2021.
The guidelines have distinct implications for consumers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and Aftermarket Workshops (referred to as independent service providers or ISPs). They also highlight the critical and urgent need for sharing information and training.
We are aware that many of you have queries and are looking for clarity, particularly on how best to interpret certain sections within the guidelines.
The RMI has committed to jointly communicate with all Associational members on progress regarding the interpretation and application of the Guidelines to avoid a fragmented approach and any resultant misunderstandings. This needs to be a collaborative approach between each of the four associations (MIWA, SAMBRA, TEPA, and NADA) most impacted by the Guidelines. They have accordingly just completed the process of briefing senior counsel in this regard and will be sending out a communication in the next couple of weeks. We have worked with the RMI compiling a comprehensive Q&A. Please bear with us while we check all points thoroughly. We are sure you will understand the need to prevent the spread of any inaccurate information.
Watch this space for further information – we will be in touch as soon as we are able.
Click the image above to download the Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket published by the Competition Commission in December 2020.