A key drive in ensuring consumer rights in the automotive sector of the UAE has been the comprehensive fight against fake parts. Latest governmental estimates reveal that the trade of automobile parts and accessories was valued at AED 44.37 billion in 2014, an increase of 10% over the previous year.
This, no doubt, cements the emirate’s reputation as a hub for the automotive industry. However, the sector has faced the scourge of fake parts, which is being addressed systematically by the government as a part of the concerted attempt to promote automobile safety and to protect the rights of the automotive customers.
The Dubai Customs keeps a close eye on counterfeit goods in auto spare parts, and this has led to sterling results in the past. The battle against fake parts is also led by the private sector, which works in close cooperation with the government agencies. Insurance companies and legal consultants have also joined the fray. UAE clamps down on fake spare parts One of the organisations working to address systematically the fake car parts menace is the Brand Owners Protection Group, which comprises leading brand owners and legal consultants.
Several agreements have also been signed between brand owners and the government agencies to fight fake parts. For example, the Dubai department of Economic Department (DED) has joined hands with Daimler AG, manufacture of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, to eliminate sale of counterfeit auto parts and to raise customer awareness about intellectual property rights. Through such partnerships, the entities concerned are drawing on each other’s strengths. The private sector, especially established global brands, have the resources to identify fake parts.
(Read the full part of this story from the January issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2016)