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New car figures continue to grow but diesel struggles

New car figures continue to grow but diesel struggles

News, SMMT
The UK’s new car market recorded a second consecutive month of growth in May, signalling a return to strength for the industry. Prior to April, new registrations in the country had dropped for twelve consecutive months, with increases in vehicle excise duty (VED) and a decline in diesel sales partially to blame. However, in May, the industry grew sales by 3.4%,with 192,649 consumers driving home in a new vehicle. The result is a stark contrast to May 2017, which saw an 8.5% year-on-year decline. This year, Private demand in the month grew by 10.1%, with more than 83,000 consumers driving home in a new car, and offsetting ongoing declines in the business and fleet sectors, down 9.6% and 0.7% respectively. The most popular vehicle segments were supermini (up 6.0%), small family (up
Automechanika Birmingham opens its doors

Automechanika Birmingham opens its doors

Automechanika Birmingham news, News
Automechanika Birmingham, the UK’s leading automotive trade exhibition, has now officially opened its doors as it returns to celebrate the thriving automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sectors and their contribution across the country. Held in the heart of the UK, Birmingham’s extensive automotive history and accessible location makes it the ideal place to bring together leading automotive businesses and professionals to network and discuss the future of the industry. With around 500 exhibitors, parts distributors, garages, tyre fitters, retailers, dealerships and vehicle manufacturers are given the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and product launches taking place throughout the aftermarket and vehicle production industry. Leading exhibitors for 2018 inc
Could ‘unscrupulous’ garages take advantage of new MOT rules?

Could ‘unscrupulous’ garages take advantage of new MOT rules?

MOT, News
Vehicle ownership and maintenance portal MotorEasy believes that new MOT rules could allow some unscrupulous garages to ‘hold drivers to ransom’. Under the new Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) rules, faults found during an MOT are classified as either dangerous, major or minor, with official guidance suggesting that major faults should be repaired immediately and that cars with dangerous faults should not be driven at all until the problem has been fixed. This could mean that some motorists who don’t fully understand their rights may feel trapped into getting repairs done at the workshop where the MOT was carried out, with this also used as leverage by garages to charge over the odds. Garages have no power to stop motorists from driving their car away, regardless of
Brakes and tyres highlighted in Government clean air strategy

Brakes and tyres highlighted in Government clean air strategy

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The UK government’s new Clean Air strategy will target brake pads, tyres and other vehicle non-exhaust systems as well as emissions. Much has been made about the need to reduce vehicle exhaust output in order to cut down on air pollution in towns and cities around the country, with diesel the biggest target. However, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now published its draft Clean Air paper, which has now entered the consultation stage. As well as being a precursor to the ‘Road to Zero’ paper which is expected to outline the ban on petrol and diesel vehicle sales from 2040, which may also exclude hybrid vehicles from being sold by dealerships, the paper makes a number of other recommendation, including suggesting efforts need to be made to redu
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
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

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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