WHAT IS THE RIGHT TO REPAIR?
The Right to repair
is the concept of ensuring that end-users and business users, as well as consumers, of technical, automotive vehicles and electronic devices are free to repair these products when a technical or mechanical failure occurs.
To allow this to happen there are four key requirements:
- Products should be designed and built in a way that allows easy repairing
- Independent repairers as well as end-users should have access to both original spare parts together with the necessary tools (software AND physical tools) within a fair market
- Repairs should not be hindered by software programming but should be possible by design
- The manufacturer of the product should clearly communicate how repairable the product is
The initial impetus for right to repair came from the automotive service sector and related consumer groups but as a wider issue it gained ground with electronic products such as computers, phones, and, with the increasing computerisation of faming and other heavy duty machinery has become an issue in agriculture and related industries.
Right to Repair advocates repair instead of replacement, which not only would make such repairs more affordable but also promotes a more sustainable, environmentally-efficient solution
Block Exemption Regulation restricts organisations in an industry or type of business from some business practises in order to create competition in the industry. It was really pioneered in the automobile industry in Europe in the early years of this century, where it stopped vehicle manufacturers from nullifying their vehicle warranties when servicing was carried out by workshops that didn’t belong to the dealer network of the manufacturer in question. The breakthrough came in October 2003, when the European Commission (EC) passed a law which gave vehicle owners the freedom of having their servicing and repairs done at their chosen workshop, providing the workshop met an agreed set of criteria.
CURRENT RIGHT TO REPAIR ACTIVITY – HOW IT MIGHT AFFECT YOU
At partsformachines.com we are closely following the latest developments regarding right to repair in Massachusetts
– where their Attorney General has said the state will move forward and enforce the Right to Repair
law from the beginning of June - and what this will mean for the construction and agriculture machinery industry.
We also welcome the latest development at John Deere
allowing access to owners of farm equipment the right to repair their own equipment or use an independent repairer.
For us at partsformachines.com providing high-quality parts and services to independent repairers and equipment owner-operators is at the heart of why we are in this business.
For us it is about ensuring that the owner/operator can find the right part using our search enabled capabilities and then has a choice on how and where they repair and service their equipment.
In UK and European markets, our own estimates suggest that a conservative 15-20% reduction in repair and maintenance costs and also, importantly, a substantial reduction in downtime are potential benefits to end-users in both Construction and Agriculture sectors, if more and more access to repair equipment and diagnostic tools can be provided to equipment owners.
We are working closely with our globally recognised partners in ensuring we have the right parts and the ability to identify those parts needed for a specific machine to support our customers.
This is something we are committed to, which we hope will benefit all customers of PartsForMachines in the months and years to come.
Keep looking in on us for further news and developments of this key industry issue.