Following an in-depth investigation by the European Commission, four carmakers, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota, General Motors and Fiat, have proposed commitments to give independent repair shops access to technical information. The proposal aims to address the Commission's preliminary concern that the carmakers appeared not to have provided independent repairers with adequate access to technical information. Lack of such access makes it more difficult for independent workshops to compete, thereby potentially limiting European consumers' choice of local repair shops. If the results of a market test are positive, the Commission intends to adopt decisions declaring the four sets of commitments binding, thereby bringing the proceedings in the four cases to an end. Interested parties can provide comments on the proposal.