Another positive outcome would be its contribution to the objective of developing the circular economy.
However, the text of the proposal as currently drafted risks diminishing the effectiveness of the repair clause as it imposes a 10-year transition period and excludes some key components from the scope. This could lead to:
- Legal uncertainty - It will be difficult for consumers, independent parts producers and repairers to know whether a particular car, model or spare part is protected.
- De facto price discrimination - Owners of older vehicles will be penalized with high-priced visible spare parts, while new vehicle buyers will benefit from lower prices thanks to the new competitive market of visible spare parts.
- Limited benefits for consumers - The deflation effect of the liberalization of the spare parts market could be deterred as most of the repairs will still be subject to the old design regime or directly excluded from the scope of the Directive.