EU adopts ‘right to repair’ proposal including bicycles

EU adopts 'right to repair' proposal including bicycles

EU adopts ‘right to repair’ proposal: The EU Executive Committee has included bicycles in the scope of the ‘right to repair’.

The proposal was first put forward by MEPs in March last year and voted on by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) at the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg, France, in November.

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    Provide repair services outside the product warranty period

    Under the proposal, bicycle manufacturers would be required to offer product repairs outside the statutory warranty period, as is the case for household products such as washing machines and vacuum cleaners.

    MEPs expect repairs to be made within a reasonable time frame, and manufacturers would be expected to provide consumers with alternatives for the duration of the repairs, or a brand-new product if the product is not repairable.

    The proposal argues that out-of-warranty repairs promote a more transparent and competitive repair market.

    Independent repairers, refurbishers and end-users would have access to all parts, information and tools at a reasonable cost throughout the product lifecycle, which would also reduce repair costs and give consumers more choice.

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    In adopting the proposal, legislator René Repasi said: “We are today creating a direct repair obligation for manufacturers and introducing new incentives for consumers to choose to have their repairs carried out, reinforcing the role of independent repairers and making them the main force behind the improvement of the repair situation in Europe. You can also check the electric bike manufacturers in Europe and top 10 bike parts manufacturers in Europe for your reference.

    By making it easier for repairers to access relevant technical information and affordable parts, including encouraging 3D printed parts, more competition will reduce the cost of repairs.

    We combine this with the obligation of Member States to create financial incentives to promote the repair industry.

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    Controversy over whether e-bikes should be excluded

    However, there is controversy over whether e-bikes should be excluded from the Right to Repair Act.

    People for Bikes, a U.S. trade organization, has contacted lawmakers and state officials on behalf of bicycle manufacturers to request that e-bikes be excluded from right-to-maintain bills.

    The organization says the bills are intended to make it easier for the public to get the parts, tools and information they need to repair their bikes, but that there are safety concerns and that people without proper training should not attempt to repair e-bikes, especially the battery part(e-bike maintenance tips). How to do the bicycle chain maintenance?

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