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Sale of Solvent-based Basecoats for Accident Repair will be Still Illegal After Brexit: BCF

Published on 2018-12-03. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Automotive Coatings    

Following a meeting of BCF’s Vehicle Refinish Committee, the BCF confirmed that it will still be illegal to sell solvent-based basecoats for accident repair in a post-Brexit Britain.

Reminder to Comply with VOC Regulations

solvent based basecoat illegal in Britain
Sale of Solvent-based Basecoats for Accident Repair will
be Still Illegal After Brexit: BCF
Non-compliance has increased significantly since the Brexit vote in 2016, with rumors that the EU law (the VOC Paint Product Directive) will no longer apply once the UK leaves the EU.

The BCF plans on raising this with Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove, whilst also drafting similar letters to 400 distributors, reminding them that they will still have to comply with the VOC regulations, even after Britain has officially left the EU.

Solvent-based Basecoats - A Serious Concern

The BCF has been proactive in raising awareness of the continued and growing sales of solvent-based basecoats - as much as 30% of basecoat sales in the UK are now solvent-based which is a serious concern for the industry. Distributors selling solvent-based basecoats are not only breaking the law, they are harming the environment and adding to VOC emissions.

BCF Chief Executive, Tom Bowtell had this to say, “Having mystery shopped more than 100 VR distributors, a staggering 25% of these cases failed as they were selling solvent-based basecoats for use in general car repair, a direct contravention of the UK’s VOC Paint Product Regulations.”

The BCF will continue to fight to try to regain a level-playing field for BCF members who invested in water-based basecoats, and also help the UK Government achieve its VOC emissions targets

Source: BCF
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