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IAAF welcomes Our Virtual Academy

IAAF welcomes Our Virtual Academy

IAAF, News
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that online training provider OVA) has become the latest company to join the industry body’s growing membership roster. Using cutting-edge learning technology and its vast industry expertise, OVA supports vehicle technicians by providing online interactive video-based technical training at manufacturer level, delivering a cost-effective training solution via an internet subscription. Through constantly evolving content, it delivers training in order to enhance technicians’ knowledge and expertise, bringing manufacturer level knowledge and skills to the aftermarket. By means of a series of online automotive technical training videos, OVA covers a wide range of technical subjects, as well as tackling the more
IAAF believes more can be done in new EU data access package

IAAF believes more can be done in new EU data access package

IAAF, News
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has cautiously welcomed the European Commission’s third legislative Mobility Package which has just been published, covering a wide range of topics, including connected and automated driving. The IAAF is encouraged by the Commission’s acknowledgement of the vehicle manufacturers’ privileged position on ‘access to car data and vehicle resources’ and the issues it raises for fair and equal competition, in particular in the form of centralised ‘extended vehicle data platform servers’. However, it has serious concerns as the package fails to set out a clear legislative pathway to guarantee a level playing field for all digital products and services ‘around the car’, to ensure that consumers can decide who they share their car d
EU Parliament Type Approval package includes RMI clarifications

EU Parliament Type Approval package includes RMI clarifications

IAAF, News
The European Parliament has adopted the Compromise Package on the Vehicle Type-Approval Framework Regulation during the Plenary session held in Strasbourg on 19th April 2018. The package includes clarifications on access to Repair and Maintenance Information, ensuring independent garages can remain on a level playing field with franchised dealerships, when it comes to servicing new vehicles. Prior to the vote, Rapporteur Dalton (ECR/UK) said that this legislation was a strong EU wide response to the Dieselgate scandal and will make cars safer and cleaner, ensuring at the same time that a Diesel scandal can’t happen again. In addition he said: “Consumers also rely on an independent and healthy aftermarket for local and good quality services. This has been a key issue for me as
Terry Knox is new IAAF Vice President

Terry Knox is new IAAF Vice President

IAAF, News
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has appointed Terry Knox as its new Vice President, further adding to its wealth of industry expertise. Knox has been a Member of the IAAF Council since 2016, and is Managing Director of CD Group, a third-generation family business with previous Managing Directors, grandfather Stuart Knox and father Ken Knox. The company was established in 1963, with Knox joining in 1999 to help establish the company’s operations in Republic of Ireland. CD Group’s largest trading name, Component Distributors, is a warehouse distributor, supplying Motor Factors throughout Ireland.  Headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the company employs close to 200 people. Knox comments: “I had no concept of the depth of work undertaken by the IA
IAAF welcomes two new members

IAAF welcomes two new members

IAAF, News
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced two new members joining its fold. Mobiletron, manufacturer of engine management sensors and rotating electronics, and TVS EAG (Excel), supplier of steering and suspension parts, will both be able to take advantage of the body’s membership benefits, including networking opportunities, informative events, dispute resolution cover, merchandise and more. Mark Wilson, Mobiletron Marketing Manager said: “We’re very keen to promote the independent automotive aftermarket and joining IAAF seemed like the natural next step. Being part of this membership supports the aftermarket as a whole as well as who we are and what we represent as a company. We very much relish the chance to become a proactive member, not just to ra
IAAF hails ‘grass roots insight’ in type approval OBD vote

IAAF hails ‘grass roots insight’ in type approval OBD vote

IAAF, News
The European Parliament’s IMCO committee have approved several key amendments to Vehicle Type-Approval legislation proposals, which include the aftermarket maintaining in-vehicle data access via the OBD port. The approval follows ongoing campaigning from within the industry and also government quarters both at home and abroad, which has collectively championed the rights of the aftermarket in the fight to keep access open to the OBD port. West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton visited an independent garage in Birmingham in 2016, along with IAAF’s Chief Executive Wendy Williamson, GEA’s Dave Garrett, IGA’s Stuart James, FIGEIFA’s Sylvia Gotzen and Neil Pattemore. Here, Dalton gained insight first hand on how crucial it was that aftermarket access to in-vehicle data remains possible. D