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Thousands of classics could return to roads with new MOT rules

Thousands of classics could return to roads with new MOT rules

Classic, News
New MOT rules concerning classic vehicles could see more than a hundred thousand 40-year-old motors being brought back to use having previously been registered as SORN. Ahead of the changes being introduced to the MOT on Sunday, 20th May, Kwik Fit, has carried out analysis on the cars affected by one of the major changes to the test rules1. Kwik Fit’s researchers have found that there are a quarter of a million cars (250,239) in the UK which were first registered between 1960-78. Of these, 116,927 are currently declared as being off road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). Until now, any car first registered after 1960 would have needed to pass an MOT to be taken on the road, however under the new rules, most cars over 40 years old will no longer need an MOT. From 2
Automechanika Birmingham Garage of the Year shortlist announced

Automechanika Birmingham Garage of the Year shortlist announced

Automechanika Birmingham news, News
Automechanika Birmingham has revealed the shortlist for its Garage of the Year 2018 award, in partnership with Garage Wire, featuring some of the UK’s top independent garages all vying to win the prestigious accolade. With this year’s competition receiving a record number of entries, voting has now closed and the shortlist has now been drawn up for each of the six categories of Best Small Garage, Best Large Garage, Best Community Initiative, Auto-Mechanik of the Year, Technology Innovation and Business Innovation. The judging panel of James Onions (Garage Wire), Andy Savva (The Garage Inspector), Stuart James (IGA) and Simon Albert (Automechanika Birmingham) will announce the winners from each category at a special evening dinner to be held in the Director’s Lounge, Aston Villa F
Ben shows support during Mental Health Awareness week

Ben shows support during Mental Health Awareness week

Charity, News
This Mental Health Awareness Week, Ben is showing support for automotive industry colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues, by launching new content and tools to help them. Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their family dependents, is revealing some key insights from its work supporting people in the sector. Mental health issues were the second biggest concern for automotive industry people during 2017, accounting for 31% of all contacts to Ben’s helpline. Additionally, the most popular pieces of online blog content on Ben’s website are around anxiety, with over 10,000 views, and depression, with over 5,000 views (April 2017 to April 2018). Anxiety and depression are also
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
New car sales finally rise in April

New car sales finally rise in April

News, SMMT
The UK’s new car market recorded its first rise in 12 months during April as the country finally shook off its vehicle excise duty (VED) hangover. The market grew by 10.4% in April, with 167,911 new units registered, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Demand was affected by a number of factors, including the timing of Easter, which resulted in two extra selling days during the month compared to last year, while the adverse weather during March pushed some deliveries into April as well. However, the biggest factor in the growth during the month is the poor performance of the same month last year. This was caused when the UK government changed VED rates, meaning all except zero-emission vehicles were required to pay a flat ra
Close ties between Schaeffler and The Garage Inspector

Close ties between Schaeffler and The Garage Inspector

News, Training
Schaeffler (UK) has described Andy Savva as the ‘perfect role model for any workshop owner’ after the original equipment manufacturer revealed that ‘The Garage Inspector’ will be working closer with its REPXPERT members. Andy supported the REPXPERT team at the recent Autoinform Live event in Glasgow by providing visitors with valuable advice on how to build their workshop brand and profile, while also offering tips and best practice techniques on how to make their business as profitable as it can be. REPXPERT users can now find free and exclusive clips on the REPXPERT portal, where The Garage Inspector can be seen sharing his top tips on how to grow a successful workshop business. Schaeffler technical services manager, Malcolm Short, said: “Andy is a figurehead within the in
Drivers becoming sentimental with their vehicles

Drivers becoming sentimental with their vehicles

News
New research from AA Cars has shown that Brits are keeping hold of their vehicles for longer even if they become unreliable, while many also show a more sentimental side. A fifth (20%) of UK drivers say they’ve given their car a name. Even though younger drivers aged 18-24 are more likely to christen their motors (47%), older motorists have gone a little misty-eyed too with 22% of 45-54 year olds having named their motors. The AA-Populus poll, which surveyed over 20,000 drivers, also found that a fifth (21%) of drivers count their motors as one of the most important things in their lives. A sizeable six in 10 (63%) also say they’d be lost without their car. UK drivers, particularly younger motorists, seem to have trouble letting go of their cars – over a quarter (26%) of 18-24
Bosch may have saved diesel with new technology

Bosch may have saved diesel with new technology

Diesel, News
Vehicle technology supplier Bosch believes it has made a breakthrough in diesel technology that will help manufacturers avoid driving bans in Europe. The new exhaust technology has been tested by the company and in real-world driving conditions (RDE) emits lower levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) than is permitted by new regulations due to be adopted in 2020. Bosch engineers achieved the results by refining existing technologies, meaning no expensive additional components were needed. Since 2017, European legislation has required that new passenger car models tested according to an RDE-compliant mix of urban, extra-urban, and freeway cycles emit no more than 168 milligrams of NOx per kilometre. As of 2020, this limit will be cut to 120 milligrams. Bosch’s readings indicate that with
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
New warehouse aims to improve Liqui Moly deliveries

New warehouse aims to improve Liqui Moly deliveries

News, Oils and Lubes
German oil company Liqui Moly has significantly improved its delivery times by opening a warehouse of its own in Milton Keynes. Since the company’s production facilities are limited to its two sites in Germany, previous practice has been to cluster orders before transporting them across the channel. This was not just complicated but time-consuming, too. The new warehouse in Milton Keynes makes the entire process faster and more straightforward: instead of having to wait a fortnight, customers now receive their goods within one or two days. "It's important for us to ensure our customers don't have to wait long for their orders arrive," says Ibrahim Memis, who is responsible at Liqui Moly for trade in the UK. "We're now more flexible and can offer a much better delivery service,