After hearing over 80 stakeholders’ viewpoints regarding what might be viewed as anti-competitive behaviour in the automotive industry, the Competition Commission has decided to take a draft motor code one step further by seeking to implement it in law.
Car owners in South Africa are often locked into using a vehicle manufacturers repair shop and parts because it is embedded in the motor and service plan.
While it’s a time of great festivities, it’s tragically also a period when hundreds of lives are lost. During the most recent December-January festive season, the road death toll alone topped just over 1 600 fatalities.
The road death toll over the 2017 festive season alone topped 1 527 fatalities.
Buyers Guide chats to Les McMaster Right to Repair SA (R2RSA) and Filum Ho, CEO Autoboys and Vice Chairman R2RSA, about how the Right to Repair campaign started because after market workshops were been excluded from working on vehicles.
As it stands, SA car owners are unique in the world because they are typically locked into using a vehicle manufacturer’s service centres, repair shops and parts in what are dubbed ‘embedded’ motor or service plans.
“As a business leader, you have a social contract to try and transform the country grow jobs, try and grow the SME arena. I think that is indicative of things happening in the country.”
This growth initiative has been spearheaded by Filum (Fil) Ho, Autoboys managing director.