Automotive Block Exemption Regulation
Since the 1st June 2010, new rules for competition in the automotive sector are in application. Following the review of the former Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MV-BER) N° 1400/2010, the European Commission has now enacted a new Block Exemption Regulation and accompanying sector-specific Guidelines specifically for the automotive aftermarket.
These new legal texts are the MV-BER N° 461/2010 and the Sector-Specific Accompanying Guidelines N° 2010/C 138/05). They contain rules, notably on access to technical information for all independent operators, the freedom to source and supply spare parts, and the prevention of misuse of vehicle manufacturers’ warranty terms and related consumers rights.