2021/10> Car spare parts: the repair clause is finally adopted
The French law n° 2021-1104 of 22 August 2021 on combating climate change and strengthening resilience to its effects was published in the French Official Journal on 24 August. Article 32 thereof introduces into French law a so-called “repair clause” for parts intended to restore a motor vehicle or a trailer to its original appearance, as defined in article L. 110-1 of the French Highway Code.
– All independent equipment manufacturers will be able to produce and market other visible spare parts at the end of a period of 10 years from the date of registration of the design, as opposed to the current maximum of 25 years.
These important modifications were introduced to promote competition with the aim of reducing the price of visible spare parts to the benefit of the consumer and to enable French equipment manufacturers to be more competitive with other European or American equipment manufacturers whose countries already have this “repair clause” mechanism.
Article 32 of law n°2021-1104 of 22 August 2021 puts an end, at least for the time being, to a struggle between car manufacturers, spare parts manufacturers and car retailers that has lasted for decades.