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Tire dealers in the United Kingdom have mounted their own right to repair campaign, which will be a topic of discussion at the Brityrex International show in May.

"The retail tire industry in the UK is putting its weight behind an aftermarket campaign to highlight restrictive and anti-competitive practices by vehicle manufacturers, which they say are preventing members from servicing and repairing some newer models of car," say Brityrex organizers.

"The independent aftermarket, including the tire and fast fit sector, is still being deliberately and systematically excluded from parts of the repair market," says Richard Edy, director of the U.K.'s National Tire Distributors Association.

"We believe this is unfair, anti-competitive and possibly illegal."

Brityrex International will be held at the G-MEX Exhibition Centre in Manchester, England, May 1-3, 2007. To register, log onto www.eci-international.com.

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