MACPARTNERS were astounded to hear of the recent “U turn” by the UK ‘s DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) related to the purchase of “F” gases by un-licensed individuals and the general public. As the Pan–European trade association established in 2004 to represent all sectors of the vehicle air conditioning industry with a particular focus on the aftermarket servicing of vehicle air conditioning, MACPARTNERS is gravely concerned that this change of position from June 2015 directly contradicts the (EU) 517/2014 directive. Furthermore, this reversal of course appears to have been made only after undisclosed UK Stakeholders questioned the authority DEFRA to restrict the sale of these products.
This action by DEFRA not only allows the sale of so called DIY top ups of R134a to untrained service technicians and even further to the general public via auto spare parts outlets, but it allows untrained individuals to simply add refrigerant to a leaking system without seeking the services of qualified service personnel to properly recover the refrigerant from the vehicle and perform repairs.
The DEFRA ruling certainly appears to be against the best interests of the professional auto repair industry, and could lead to negative consequences for the vehicle being “serviced” and to the environmental issue of F’ Gas emissions not being followed.
MACPARTNERS will be addressing this matter with DEFRA and the European Commission on behalf of its members and all stake holders in the industry.
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