Today the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced measures on Collective Redress that will make it easier for groups of consumers and companies to challenge anti-competitive behaviour themselves.

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), representing franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, welcomes the proposals on Collective Redress within the draft Consumer Rights Bill.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director, commented “The NFDA have long called for a more effective means of collective action and therefore we welcome any initiative which offers improved access to justice for both businesses and consumers who have incurred losses as a result of competition law.

“The NFDA have been an integral part of the consultation process. As well as making written submissions, we were present during roundtable meetings where we were able to lobby on behalf of our members.

“Under the new proposals NFDA members, who are predominantly Small and Medium Enterprises, will now be in a stronger negotiating position.”

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