The change comes as a result of legislation from the European Parliament, which recently voted in favour of establishing stronger “right to repair” rules. These rules should help reduce electrical waste, which has been increasing due to greater manufacturing.
While the UK has left the European Union, the UK’s manufacturing standards will necessarily have to match those of the 27 nation bloc, in order for any trade to continue. The rule comes into effect today.
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I've been hoping for this for years. Some products, for example, have batteries built-in in such a way that it would be difficult for a DIY person to replace. This is a win-win for consumers, the environment, and everybody.