Brussels, 5 October 2023 – The FIA Region I warmly welcomes the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice regarding access to in-vehicle data by independent repairers. This landmark judgment unequivocally reinforces our long-standing position that security gateways implemented by vehicle manufacturers under the pretext of cybersecurity are not only unfair and disproportional but also incompatible with EU legislation.
The Court’s decision sends a clear and resounding message: vehicle manufacturers must adhere to existing EU regulations without imposing unwarranted barriers on independent repairers seeking access to vital in-vehicle data. This ruling vindicates our stance and underscores the need for a level playing field within the automotive industry.
The FIA Region I remains unwavering in our commitment to championing fair and transparent practices within the automotive sector. We will actively collaborate with aftermarket stakeholders to ensure that this decision is respected and that the interests of consumers and independent operators are protected.
We view this judgment as a significant step forward in promoting accessibility, competition, and innovation in the automotive landscape.
Laurianne Krid, FIA Region I Director General adds, “The automotive aftermarket provides numerous maintenance and repair services for consumers. By providing undiscriminated access to vehicle data, consumers can benefit from a wider range of services and provide independent operators a possibility to innovate on new solutions for consumers.”
Read the European Court of Justice (Eighth Chamber) ruling here, regarding Case C-296/22 opposing ATU and Carglass to FCA Italy.
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About FIA Region I
Founded in 1904, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) brings together leading national motoring organisations from 146 countries worldwide and is the governing body for world motor sport. The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body comprising 101 Mobility Clubs that represent over 40 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.