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Study finds false accusations against technicians rising

Study finds false accusations against technicians rising

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A new study has found that over three quarters of UK-based mechanics have been falsely accused of lying by customers in a bid to rip them off. What’s more, of these participants, one in twelve (8%) have had a customer become aggressive and threatening. Mechanics are skilled workmen and yet they are not treated with respect, a new survey has found, with three quarters admitting they have been accused of lying. What’s more, 1 in 10 mechanics have had a customer withhold payment before. The team at www.Fixter.co.uk carried out the study in a bid to find out more about Britons attitudes towards the automotive industry. For the purpose of the study, 701 UK-based adults aged 18 or over were quizzed, all of whom revealed that they currently work as a mechanic full-time. Initially all
Schaeffler shutting UK plants over Brexit worries

Schaeffler shutting UK plants over Brexit worries

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Schaeffler, a supplier of transmission components, bearings, belts and other drivetrain products, is to shut two of its UK manufacturing plants as part of a ‘reorganisation’ of its UK business. This is part of its ‘Agenda 4 plus One’ programme examining strategic and economic competitiveness and long-term sustainability of all Schaeffler locations worldwide. In a statement, the company says it will retain a meaningful presence in the UK but will reduce its overall footprint and relocate some production to other facilities outside the country. It is estimated that the plans will take around two years to implement. The global footprint analysis focused on how best to structure the business in the UK based on various factors including economic conditions, supply and demand, and the
IMI launches ADAS Accreditation

IMI launches ADAS Accreditation

IMI, News
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) has contributed to a 38% reduction in accidents, with around 10% of the UK’s car parc featuring some form of windscreen mounted technology. These statistics from Euro NCAP also suggest that 40% of UK vehicles could feature ADAS by 2020. While this technology is certified at manufacture, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) believes there is room for improvement to ensure that all automotive technicians understand the systems, so that ADAS is properly calibrated after servicing and is safe for use on the road. The body has therefore launched a new IMI ADAS Accreditation to help ensure technicians have the expertise to work with ADAS features in vehicles, protecting the safety of drivers when this technology is activated. The accred
UK registrations drop slightly in October

UK registrations drop slightly in October

News, SMMT
The UK’s new car market declined again in October as the market shows some signs of recovery following the introduction of WLTP. According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), registrations in October fell by 2.9% with 153,599 vehicles sold. With various carmakers still struggling with model shortages due to the new emissions test regime, the figures suggest the spike in August and decline in September are helping to balance the market out. Declines were seen in both private and fleet sectors, with registrations down 1% and 5.2% respectively. Meanwhile, continuing uncertainty over government policy on diesel saw demand fall by a further 21.3%. Registrations of petrol cars rose 7.1%, while the market for alternatively fuelled veh
Budget 2018 – the aftermarket reacts

Budget 2018 – the aftermarket reacts

Charity, IGA, News
The UK budget, delivered on Monday, brought some good news for small businesses, with new business relief rates. The Chancellor confirmed that the new plans aimed at small retailers, could know a third off bills, with 90% of businesses benefitting from proposals. To qualify as a small retailer, business premises must have a rateable value of £51,000 or less. “We are delighted the Chancellor is considering small businesses who are the lifeblood of the UK economy,” Stuart James, IGA Director comments. “This will help garage owners by allowing them to reallocate their budget in a difficult market environment, at a time when the aftermarket is evolving and an increase in investment in tools and equipment is absolutely essential.” With savings of around £8,000 each year possible unt
Bosch announces sponsorship of Formula E

Bosch announces sponsorship of Formula E

Electric Vehicles, News
Bosch has announced it is to sponsor the Formula E championship, as the racing series enters its most pivotal season yet. The ABB FIA Formula E championship will see a host of changes this year, not least the introduction of new battery technology that means drivers will no longer have to switch cars mid-race. The cars themselves have new aerodynamic packages as the series aims to expand the development of electric vehicle technology. It is for this reason that Bosch has announced its sponsorship. The partnership with the race series covers a wide-ranging advertising collaboration at the race tracks, online, and on TV. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Bosch to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as our official partner,” says Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E
RMI to open southern training centre

RMI to open southern training centre

IGA, News
The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) is to expand its MOT training offering by opening a new training centre in the South of England. Located in Winchester, the venue is an addition to the existing Academies in Southam and Runcorn and will provide an extensive range of high quality, cost-effective training courses to MOT stations across the country. The RMI continues to build on its’ position as the UK’s largest provider of MOT tester training, and the new centre will run its first course from Tuesday 27 November 2018. Stuart James RMI Director comments: “We are delighted to be providing this training centre to the South of England. We have received many requests for training in this part of the world and this addition will broaden our coverage in the UK. The RMI will consi
Project Bloodhound enters administration

Project Bloodhound enters administration

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The Bloodhound Land Speed Record program has entered administration as the group behind it is calling for £25 million in funding. The project aimed to break the 1,000mph barrier in runs at the specially built 18km long Hakskeen Pan race track in South Africa. The initial plan was to run up to 800mph, breaking the existing land speed record, before reconfiguring the car for its 1,000mph run a year later. In addition to this, the project aimed to involve schools in a STEM education campaign, teaching the benefits of a career in engineering to primary and secondary school pupils alongside colleges at universities. To date the campaign has reached over two million children, including 120,000 from the UK. To date the project has operated on a partnership and sponsorship model, with
UK registrations crash as WLTP effect continues

UK registrations crash as WLTP effect continues

News, SMMT
Following a near-record August for sales, the UK’s new car market has slumped in September, as effects of WLTP continue to wreak havoc with registration figures. According to the latest data from the SMMT, September saw a 20.5% decline in sales. 338,834 vehicles were sold in the UK, during a month when new plates were available to buyers. This was down around 87,000 units on the previous year and coincides with the implementation of the new testing regime. The figures were the worst for September since 2011, and only slightly up in 2008 when the global economy crashed, and the automotive market suffered as a result. The impact was felt across the board, with registrations by private consumers, fleets and businesses all declining, by 20.1%, 22.4% and 6.3% respectively. Registra
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