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Block Exemption
The new block exemption regulation came into force on 1 October. Existing dealer agreements must be brought into compliance with the new rules by October 2003.

The European Commission has published an explanatory brochure on the regulation, and this is now available on the Commission's website at http://europa.eu.int/comm/competition/car_sector

You can now order Motor Law's own Complete Guide to the 2002 Block Exemption Regulation, with analysis and commentary by Peter Groves, together with more than 60 questions and answers about the regulation in layman's language.
Click here for details

Sale & Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations 2002

The long-awaited Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations will come into force on 31 March 2003. The regulations implement the Sale of Consumer Goods and Associated Guarantees Directive, and have the effect of strengthening consumers' rights. The main points are: free guarantees and warranties are made legally enforceable; a new legal right to replacement of goods, and an extended right to reject are introduced; and the burden of proof in respect of defects is shifted to the retailer for the first six months after goods are delivered.

Motor Law is organising some seminars on the practical effects of the Regulations.Click here for details.

Motorist wins claim over clampers

A motorist has succssfully won compensation from a clamping company after the judge rules that the clamper's actions were "oppressive and arbitrary".

New Code of Advertising Practice launched

The 11th edition of the CAP Code has been launched ,and will affect marketing communications produced on or after 4 March 2003. There will be a three month transitional period.

VAT on discount vouchers

The Court of Appeal has ruled on a case involving discount vouchers used in the sale of second hand cars. We hope to bring you full details in the next issue of Motor Law.