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Seven steps to parity

POINT one of seven-point price parity remedy plan announced by Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers following the Competition Commission's New Cars Inquiry states that suppliers should offer car dealers the same bulk discounts as fleet customers. It also suggest suppliers provide their dealers with regular statements of terms they are prepared to offer which reflect the terms given to fleet customers.

The other steps: 3. To prohibit suppliers from discriminating in their dealings with contract hire companies by giving less attractive discounts if the end-user is not a fleet customer. 4. To prohibit suppliers from imposing contract terms on dealers that prevent or inhibit dealers from advertising prices at which they are willing to sell cars. 5. To prohibit suppliers from refusing to supply cars on the grounds of the price at which a dealer advertises it is willing to sell the vehicle.

6. To prohibit suppliers from imposing conditions on targets on dealers in respect of the number of cars a dealer registers during a certain period, or giving a dealer an advantage which is dependent on the number of cars the dealer registers during a certain period. 7. Requires suppliers to publish information on a regular basis concerning the number of cars they have pre-registered.

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