UK car owners could see their car bills go up to £ 100 from next year.
The extra money may need to be shelled out for auto repairs, as Britain follows European Union (EU) laws to prevent independent garages from using cheaper unbranded parts.
This means that when drivers have their cars repaired, the garage will only be allowed to use branded parts that are not necessarily of better quality but cost more.
That is unless the UK government steps in to change the rules that will come in automatically, according to parts distributors. European car parts.
Company General Manager Andy Hamilton said to the telegraph: “UK drivers risk being drawn into a monopoly which will cost them almost £ 100 a year and much more in the future.”
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regulator discusses with UK government what to do but as it stands the government is expected to bypass a post-Brexit deal with the EU to avoid the changes, which would take place from 2023.
Euro Car Parts estimates that this could add an additional £ 2.4 billion to drivers’ repair bills each year.
There are around 30,000 independent garages, employing 350,000 people, reports the Mirror.
But despite concerns, a spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: ‘The proposed change to auto parts would not automatically apply to this country as the UK does not not automatically follow the new EU competition rules.
“The business secretary will decide whether the broader rules are beneficial to the UK or need to be changed, following a recommendation from the Markets and Competition Authority and its public consultation.”
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