Independent service providers urge the European Commission to end the delay in accessing on-board data legislation. The challenge for the downstream automotive sector will be to get legislation before the end of the legislature in May 2024, otherwise the delay would take on new proportions.
The vast majority of the automotive and mobility services ecosystem, including Cecra representing European-wide automotive distributors and independent repairers, as well as consumers, urge the European Commission to urgently propose effective sectoral legislation on access to in-vehicle data.
An automotive data law by the end of the legislature in May 2024
The association of independent service providers (ISPs) wrote to the President Von Der Leyen and to the competent College of Commissioners for “end repeated delays in proposing legislation on access to in-vehicle data, functions and resources. This would unlock the untapped potential to create real competition in Europe’s data-driven automotive and mobility markets.”.
We recall that in February 2022 the Council of Europe approved a new vertical law on data from connected objects (Data-Act). But this is still insufficient as specific legislation is now needed for automotive data.
A proposal still late
“The Commission committed to advance legislation on in-vehicle data access in December 2020 by the end of 2021. We are now in 2023 and the proposal has been further delayeddeclare the signatories in their letter to the President of the European Commission. Despite six years of the Commission’s painstaking evidence-gathering and prior strategic planning, the vast majority of the auto sector is left in limbo and investment decisions are delayed in the face of substantial trade barriers benefiting only a segment of a potentially huge market ”..
” This legislation is essential »
And to add: “We urge the President of the Commission to get this process back on track. This legislation is essential to unlock the market for the automotive sector and mobility services. Nearly all Europeans use some form of mobility on a daily basis and should be able to reap the benefits of data-driven innovation, choice and convenience in the automotive and mobility ecosystem. They can’t today. The Commission must rectify this”.
In practice, the ten European associations are urging the Commission to get the rulemaking process of a sectoral regulation on “access to data and in-flight resources” back on track immediately so that the legislator has time to examine and adopt the text before of the end of the legislature in May 2024.