SEMA applauds revision of EU aftermarket bill

May 15, 2007

A bill that could have resulted in the banishment of aftermarket products in the European Union has been revised.

The bill, Article 31, is designed to develop a new authorization process for parts and equipment "that are deemed to affect the safety or environmental performance of a vehicle," say officials from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

It did not, "among other things, require (government officials) to show a need before regulating a product."

A second reading more favorable to the automotive aftermarket has been developed that will, among other things, "require that vehicle manufacturers make available to independent parts producers necessary technical imformation and avoids unintentionally banning or limiting the use of specialty parts for motorsports and/or off-road use."

Wade Kawasaki, chair of SEMA's International Advisory Panel, says SEMA "commends the European Tuning Organization for its hard work in providing timely input and needed technical advice to government officials, with the resulting bill much improved from initial legislation."