Towards the middle of December 2020, the Competition Commission made a big announcement around its decision to formalise right to repair as part of the Competition Act's guidelines.
The new guidelines are set to go live on 1 July 2021. The implications are that major car manufacturers and dealerships won't be allowed to void warranties if owners decide to repair or service their vehicles at an independent provider of their own choice.
Amid this news, we helped our client Autoboys - which has been an outspoken supporter of right to repair - attain at least 38 instances of media coverage in December 2020. The story continued into 2021 with the Daily Maverick running an op-ed article from Autoboys: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-02-18-new-right-to-repair-rules-radically-broaden-car-maintenance-options/
Here are some other highlights from that coverage: