KERALA

Spares shortage hits workshops

Special Correspondent

VS’ intervention sought



Threat to livelihood of two lakh people

Blames vehicle manufacturers, dealers



KOZHIKODE: Paucity of automobile spare parts has driven workshops in the State to the brink of closure, the Association of Automobile Workshops in Kerala has said.

The association sought the intervention of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to ensure the availability of spare parts in the open market, as its shortage was a threat to the livelihood of nearly two-lakh people in the State.

Blaming vehicle manufacturers and their dealers for the crisis, spokesmen for the association Tomy Thomas, M.K. Vijayan and George Varghese said here on Tuesday that it was the refusal of vehicle manufacturers and dealers to sell spare parts of new generation vehicles in the open market that had caused the crisis.

“The dealers refuse to sell spare parts even to vehicle owners. The owners are told to give their vehicle to service centres owned by manufacturers or dealers for repair. Since spare parts are not available in the open market, vehicle owners are forced to give their vehicle to the dealer’s service centre for repair,” the association leaders alleged.

“This amounts to exploitation, since dealers have usurped monopoly over spare parts. Moreover, the repair charges are higher in dealers’ service centres,” the association alleged.

In their representation, the automobile owners appealed to the Chief Minister to take steps to ensure that spare parts were available to vehicle owners to carry out repairs in the workshop of their choice, instead of being forced to get it done in dealers’ service centres.

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