COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... of 20.5.2021 amending Annex X to Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the standardised access to vehicle on-board diagnostics information and repair and maintenance information, and the requirements and procedures for access to vehicle security information
1. The European Commission is proposing enhancements to the current “right to repair” regime within the road vehicle type approval framework. The current regime requires vehicle manufacturers to provide the independent repair sector with essential technical information to enable repair and maintenance of their vehicles, in the same way that they provide such information to franchised dealers. As vehicle type approval is part of the Northern Ireland Protocol, these new measures will apply to manufacturers placing vehicles on the market in Northern Ireland, and repairers located there.
2. The proposal contains two elements. The first is to cite an international standard (EN ISO 18541, agreed by the International Organization for Standardization and the European Committee for Standardisation CEN/ISO), for the format in which the repair information shall be provided to independent repairers. Development of this standard involved representatives of both the vehicle manufacturing sector and the independent repair sector.
3. The second element of the proposal is to set up a third-party vetting process to ensure that independent repair organisations and their staff are checked prior to being given access to vehicle security information. This is to ensure car thieves and businesses that tamper with vehicle emission and pollution control systems are not able to access this information.