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UK car sales rise again in July

UK car sales rise again in July

News, SMMT
The UK’s new car market returned to growth in July, with modest increases in sales as registrations continue to stabilise. According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), during the last month, new vehicle sales increased by 1.2%, with 163,898 units leaving dealer forecourts. This comes following a turbulent first six months of the year, where the market came out of a 12-month period of decline in April, only to suffer again in June with another sales drop. The market has continued its trend seen in the last few months, with diesel registrations falling by 24.4%, while petrol sales climbed by 20.1% and alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) growing 21%. Amongst these, the share of hybrids and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) reaching a record 6.5% market sha
Hats on for Ben reveals 2018 date and details

Hats on for Ben reveals 2018 date and details

Charity, News
Ben, an independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, reveals the details of this year’s automotive industry mental health fundraiser! The campaign looks a little different this year after a design refresh which more clearly shows that Ben is here for the automotive industry, providing support for life to its people. The new name - Hats on 4 Ben - more clearly reflects that the campaign is run by Ben, for Ben, and now takes place on World Mental Health Day. The aim is still exactly the same - to raise money for Ben and help transform mental health support across the automotive industry. Ben is calling on everyone in the industry to sign their companies up and get their colleagues involv
MOT “outdated and should be scrapped” says UK Think Tank

MOT “outdated and should be scrapped” says UK Think Tank

MOT, News
A new report by a UK think tank suggests that the MOT should be scrapped, as it is outdated and not relevant to today’s safer vehicles. The Adam Smith Institute believes that the opportunity to reform the test has been missed, and therefore drivers should not be subject to the cost of ensuring their vehicle is safe every 12 months. It is calling on the UK Government to consider scrapping the procedure. “As vehicle technology increases, annual safety inspections are rendered more and more useless,” states the report. “While the MOT has remained essentially unchanged for half a century, improvements in vehicle safety technology mean traffic fatalities have dropped to just 57% of what they were a decade ago.” Additionally, the report states that mechanical failure accounts for ju
Service and repair sector reputation increasing

Service and repair sector reputation increasing

News
An annual survey of 1,000 car owners conducted by The Motor Ombudsman has revealed that consumers have an increasingly favourable perception of the vehicle service and repair sector when compared to the same period last year*. The study showed that 51% of respondents enjoyed a positive experience, versus 44% in 2017, whilst 39% of individuals expressed a neutral view in 2018 compared to 45% 12 months earlier. The results of the yearly research saw 57% of male drivers being complementary about the sector, in contrast to 46% of their female counterparts. In addition, those aged between 18 to 35, and individuals living in the South, hold this area of the motor industry in the highest regard (65% and 51% of participants respectively). Drivers were also asked if they had a complaint w
IMI urges roadside and emergency services to be ready for Hybrid and Electric vehicles

IMI urges roadside and emergency services to be ready for Hybrid and Electric vehicles

IMI, News
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), which has been lobbying for the introduction of regulation for vehicle technicians working with electrically-propelled vehicles, believes it is vital that training and accreditation is extended to those dealing with the latest automotive technology at the roadside.  Recent reports of a Tesla Model X, which caught fire after it had been recovered by emergency services, underline the need for industry-led accreditations and qualifications for roadside technicians and emergency services personnel working on EV and hybrid vehicles. The IMI’s recommendations to implement a Licence to Practise for those working on electric and hybrid vehicles now form part of the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy.  And the IMI is urging roadside and emergency
Ben publishes annual Impact Report 2017-18

Ben publishes annual Impact Report 2017-18

Charity, News
Ben, the independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, has published its Impact Report 2017-18. This annual report reveals that increasingly more people of working age (87%) are contacting Ben for support with big issues such as low income, anxiety and depression. Other reasons why people contacted Ben for help were varied; from bereavement to redundancy and debt to loneliness. However, financial and mental health challenges remain the most common reasons people contact Ben’s helpline or visit the support pages of its website. During the year, Ben helped people in need access over £865,000 worth of benefits that they were entitled to. Ben also organised counselling sessions for 151 people wit
Schaeffler helps Audi ABT to first Formula E teams title

Schaeffler helps Audi ABT to first Formula E teams title

Electric Vehicles, News
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler secured the title in the teams’ classification with impressive comeback drives in the season finale. Four podium positons during the weekend, including a one-two finish and 78 of a maximum of 94 possible points, turned a near unassailable deficit of 33 points before the final weekend into a two-point advantage. The title decision for the teams’ classification in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship was open and hard-fought all the way to the final lap, with a mere two points finally making the difference. In Sunday’s race, Lucas di Grassi crossed the finish line in second place after 43 laps around the street circuit in Brooklyn, with its view of downtown Manhattan. The Brazilian grabbed the championship runner-up spot with his seventh conse
TyreSafe launches October’s Tyre Safety campaign

TyreSafe launches October’s Tyre Safety campaign

News, Tyres
At its annual Tyre Safety Month briefing, TyreSafe has launched its new summer campaign, in addition to making its materials for October’s Tyre Safety Month available. TyreSafe’s latest campaign will come as a surprise to some, as the organisation reveals it’s actually the summer months when Britain’s motorists are more likely to be involved in a tyre-related incident. Despite the cold and changeable weather, and difficult road conditions, from October through to March, according to the Department for Transport’s data, it’s actually July when tyre-related incidents are at their most frequent, with August and June close behind. The UK’s tyre safety charity believes this is due to a combination of factors. Firstly, as we all are too aware, summer in Britain doesn’t necessarily m