At mattmac We believe products should last longer, and therefore when broken, they should be repaired. This requires products to be designed for repair as well as support for repairers of all kinds.
Ministers have confirmed that from the summer consumers will have a right to repair on goods they buy. This works for domestic products but it does not yet apply to certain manufactures such as Apple and Samsung and their products. Apple and Samsung who go out of their way to make spare parts and the repair of newer models; much harder and in some cases impossible without serial matching via software
Many consumers have complained that goods don’t last long enough.
Manufacturers will be legally obliged to make spare parts for products available to consumers for the first time – a new legal right for repairs.
The aim of the new rules is to extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years, and officials estimate that higher energy efficiency standards will save consumers an average of £75 a year on bills over their lifetimes.
‘Protecting the environment’
The new rules will be estimated to reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste said by the government to be generated in the UK each year and to contribute to reducing carbon emissions overall.
Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Our plans to tighten product standards will ensure more electrical goods can be fixed rather than thrown on the scrap heap – putting more money back in the pockets of consumers whilst protecting the environment.