Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulations

The European Commission is seeking views from industry stakeholders as part of a review of the competition framework for the automotive sector.

European Union (EU) antitrust rules usually ban vertical agreements and concerted practices, which are likely to restrict competition in any given sector. There is currently an exemption for certain agreements and practices in the automotive sector, which expires on 31 May 2023. 

To evaluate whether the exemption is still effective, efficient, and consistent with other EU and national rules, the European Commission has launched a consultation to gather stakeholders’ views. 

They will look to assess whether the objectives of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation are being met and will seek to collect facts and evidence on the key competition issues arising in vertical relationships on the motor vehicle distribution and after-sales markets. 

The BVRLA will be contributing to the consultation through its EU level trade association Leaseurope and will keep members updated. 

Members wishing to share their views on this issue should email thomas@bvrla.co.uk