The right to repair

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Losing the Right to Repair will cost the economy trillions of pounds

The right to repair in the UK excludes Phones & laptops gadgets fix Leeds

A British right to repair law came into force a week ago, requiring manufacturers to make spares available to both consumers and third-party repair companies. The government are about to lose trillions of pounds in lost revenue

However, despite claiming to cover “televisions and other electronic displays,”‘ the law somehow excludes smart phones and laptops…

1 The question should be asked to the government what happens to over 250,000 skilled technicians who have worked in this business for up to nearly 2 decades.

2 50 million repairs don’t get fufilled over the year suddenly disappears as the consumer has little choice of repairing there device if the repair industry is decimated over night.

3 Over 30,000 shops that have to close.

4 Over 1000 million of VAT  disappears over 2000 million of rent and 800 million of rates plus over 5 billion of PAYE disappears as people lose there jobs.

5 Most of all over 1 billion devices gets trashed and over a Billion tons of waste gets dumped in the ground. 4 Billion batteries get thrown away in land fills

6 the back glass housing if broken apple charge you for another phone at nearly 2/3 of the price for a part thats costs for around Apple take your phone and charge hundreds of pounds for a replacement. For a part that costs £30

The European Union introduced a right to repair law back in March, and the UK agreed prior to Brexit that it would introduce its own version. Europe plans to include phones and laptops in the right to repair.

America also following  the EU right to repair to include mobile phones and laptops.

From Thursday, manufacturers will have to make spares available to consumers, with the aim of extending the lifespan of products by up to 10 years, it said

The right to repair rules are designed to tackle “built-in obsolescence” where manufacturers deliberately build appliances to break down after a certain period to encourage consumers to buy new ones.

Manufacturers will now be legally obliged to make spare parts available to consumers so appliances can be fixed.

Which notes that the UK law ensures spares are available for either 7 or 10 years after the discontinuation of a product, but that it only covers four specific consumer product categories (plus some commercial/industrial ones).

Spare parts will have to be available within two years of an appliance going on sale, and up until either seven or 10 years after the product has been discontinued, depending on the part. Some parts will only be available to professional repairers, while others will be available to everyone, so you can fix it yourself.

For now, the right to repair laws only cover:

  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines and washer-dryers
  • Refrigeration appliances
  • Televisions and other electronic displays

They also cover non-consumer electronics, such as light sources, electric motors, refrigerators with a direct sales function (eg fridges in supermarkets, vending machines for cold drinks), power transformers and welding equipment.

However, while you would expect “other electronic displays” to include iPhones, iPads and most macs  Which? states that these product categories are excluded. It is alledged the iPhone 12 and other future models of MacBooks cannot be repaired only by Apple some parts either have warning messages pop up on your screen and or parts like the charging port  and the screen.

Evan if you get original parts off another identical model you cant use it in your phone and or macbook.  

If you break your port on iPhone 11 series and earlier models you can change the port for around £50 and your screen for between £50 to £195. Its alledged Apple  now do not repair your device they charge hundreds of pounds for an identical phone and take your phone for free. The question is do they repair your old phone and sell it or do they put it into the bin.

The question also remains is the replacement phone new or pre owned.  The other question is does Apple own your phone when you purchase a  brand new model as they dictate to the consumer replace it with us or throw your phone away. As some people cant afford the prices charged for swapping your phone at a premium price.

The other question why has the government excluded Phones and Laptops when other countries are creating laws to protect the consumer in regard your electronic gadgets.

Should the Brands warn clients before buying into the brands.

Cookers, hobs, tumble dryers, microwaves or tech such as laptops or smartphones aren’t covered.

A cynical person might suspect some behind-the-scenes lobbying by Apple and other phone and computer brands…

The right to repair includes Phones and Laptops in Europe

Manufacturers of phones, tablets and laptops will face legal obligations to make their products easier to repair and reuse, under a far-reaching recycling plan from the European Union executive

The European commission wants to drastically increase recycling of electronic goods, which are often difficult to repair, replace batteries or upgrade. Less than 40% of electronic waste in the EU is thought to be recycled.

Billed as “the right to repair”, the European commission will extend an eco-design law to cover phones, tablets and laptops, setting technical standards so these goods consist of changeable and repairable parts. The current eco-design directive sets energy efficiency standards for computers, TVs, dishwashers and washing machines.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, European commissioner for the environment, said the “circular economy” plan was a new economic model for the continent.

“The linear growth model of ‘take, make, use discard’ has reached its limits,” he told reporters. “With the growth of the world population and consumption, this linear model pushes us closer and closer to a resource crisis. The only way ahead is decoupling economic growth from extraction of primary resources and their environmental impacts.”

He said that without the “circular economy” plan the EU could not meet its target for  zero emission by 2050 or reduce pressure biodiversity.

Upgrading the eco-design law is one strand of the EU’s Green deal, is a plan to transform Europe’s economy in the fact of the climate emergency.

An earlier upgrade to the eco-design law to set energy efficiency standards for  kettles fridges, after a hostile tabloid campaign during the Brexit referendum.

The law will have to be agreed by EU member states and the European parliament.

The commission is also considering an EU-wide scheme that would enable consumers to sell or return old phones, tablets and chargers. It also wants to introduce a common charger.

Also promised in the plan:

  • Encouraging industry to improve recycling and reuse of textiles, although there will not be a new target to reduce municipal waste.
  • A target that all packaging should be reusable or recyclable by 2030, in an attempt to tackle soaring rubbish in this area. The average person in the EU accounted for a record-breaking 173kg of packaging in 2017.
  • A review of rules on exporting waste outside Europe, as well as more efforts to tackle illegal shipments of rubbish. The move comes as China and other Asian nations reject shipments of plastics and dangerous electronic waste from Europe and North America. The commission acknowledged that waste exports led to “negative environmental and health impacts in the countries of destination” and said it wanted to create a “recycled in the EU” benchmark for reused materials.

At least some of the measures will apply to the UK, as technology companies will not make goods to a different standard for the smaller British market. While negotiations between the EU and UK on a free trade agreement are ongoing, it is unclear whether the UK will follow all EU standards.

The EU wants the UK to match European environmental and consumer protection standards. Without mentioning the UK directly, the recycling plan states that Brussels will “ensure” that future free trade agreements “reflect the enhanced objectives of the circular economy”.

Monique Goyens, the director of the European Consumer Organisation, said the action plan was crucial to make the green transition a reality. “If we want consumers to play their part, it should be easy, convenient and affordable for them to shop sustainably, which is far from being the case today.”

Some environmental campaigners criticised the commission led by Ursula von der Leyen for not attempting to reduce consumption.

“It is absurd, given that the EU consumes nearly three planets’ worth of resources, that reducing absolute consumption is not at the core of the plan,” said Meadhbh Bolger, resource justice campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe. “The Von der Leyen commission’s plan for a circular economy is out of touch with the reality and urgency of the planetary emergency.”

The right to repair in the USA

The rules would prevent manufacturers from limiting consumers’ options for repairing products at independent repair shops or on their own, and the presidential directive is expected to mention mobile phone developers as an area for possible regulation. The FTC will be able to decide on the size and the scope of the order, so it is not yet clear how Apple might be impacted.

Multiple states have proposed right to repair legislation, which Apple . Apple claims that allowing independent repair shops to work on Apple devices without oversight would lead to security, safety, and quality issues. Many of the right to repair bills that have circulated call on tech companies to provide repair manuals and easy access to device components for repair purposes.

Apple does its own repairs in house atApple stores and repair centers around the world, but it also works with Apple Authorized Service Providers to provide repair options. AASPs are managed by Apple and must meet Apple requirements, with some repairs and components limited.

When Right to Repair bills began surfacing, Apple launched   a worldwide Independent Repair Program that is designed to provide repair shops that are not AASPs with genuine parts, tools, repair manuals, and diagnostics for performing out-of-warranty repairs on Apple devices.

Repair shops have complained that Apple’s program is too limited as it requires an Apple-certified technician to perform the repairs (available under a free program), and some parts are not provided to independent repair shops.

Biden’s executive order is expected to be released in the coming days, and White House economic adviser Brian Deese on Friday said that it is meant to spur “greater competition in the economy” as well as lower prices for American families.

Back in November, the European Parliament to develop new Right to Repair rules that will require companies to provide explicit information about the repairability and lifespan of products on consumer packaging. Under the terms of this order, manufacturers will need to provide a repair score, something that France