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MOT fail numbers highlight 3-1-1 importance

MOT fail numbers highlight 3-1-1 importance

IGA, MOT, News
Over 10 million vehicles have failed their MOT since the introduction of the new test last year, highlighting the importance of the 3-1-1 system. In just over a year since the MOT changed, Over a third (33%) of vehicles failed the new tests, and almost one-in-10 (9%) failed with a ‘dangerous’ outcome. The findings comes after a Freedom of Information request was approved for breakdown cover provider Green Flag. The new MOT test results show: 30,488,960 MOT tests taken nationwide, 10,001,293 (33%) of these were fails and 20,487,667 (67%) were passes. Of these, 2,817,967 (9%) vehicles yielded dangerous results and 9,095,989 (44%) yielded major results.  “Drivers should be aware of the risks of driving a faulty car,” said Mark Newbery, Green Flag's commercial director. “It
IGA launches new independent garage awards

IGA launches new independent garage awards

IGA, News
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has announced that it will launch a new awards event to celebrate independents in the UK. The British Independent Garage of the Year awards (BIG Awards) will take place on a Friday in the Summer of next year, and aims to help raise the profile of the independent sector. The event will highlight the contribution of both businesses and individuals. As the automotive industry faces a number of challenges, and with many of these filtering through to the independent aftermarket, the IGA believes that such an awards programme will help consumers to see how strong the aftermarket is, and how reliable and trustworthy the sector can be in maintaining a customer’s vehicle. The IGA promises that the event will be on par with other major awards in
Brakes and tyres will be largest cause of future particle pollution

Brakes and tyres will be largest cause of future particle pollution

Brakes, News, SMMT, Tyres
Dust from car brakes and tyres will be the biggest pollution factor in the UK when the country’s vehicle fleet has gone all electric, a new study has found. Fragments of microplastics from tyres, road surfaces and brakes will also flow into rivers, and ultimately the sea, government advisors have suggested.  Ministers have now said that based on the report, they will look to introduce new standards to improve tyres and brakes, and is calling for industry support, to prevent the potential pollution levels they may cause. The government’s Air Quality Expert Group said particles from brake wear, tyre wear and road surface wear directly contribute to well over half of particle pollution from road transport. "No legislation is currently in place specifically to limit or re
Bloodhound LSR prepares for high-speed runs

Bloodhound LSR prepares for high-speed runs

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The Bloodhound Land Speed Record project has announced its plans to run for the first time on its dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, in October 2019. Following successful 200mph UK runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay in October 2017, the team will be targeting 500mph, a key milestone on the journey to setting a new world land speed record. Since the Bloodhound project’s relaunch in March 2019, following its acquisition from administration by Ian Warhurst the Bloodhound LSR team have been firmly back on the trail of a world land speed record. Under the new ownership of Ian Warhurst, CEO of Grafton LSR, the freshly assembled Bloodhound LSR team have focussed on both the logistics of deploying the team and car to a remote corner of the Kalah
Alternative fuel vehicles in sales drop during June

Alternative fuel vehicles in sales drop during June

News, SMMT, Uncategorized
The UK new car market has declined for a fourth consecutive month, with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) demand suffering significantly following the withdrawal of government grants. Registrations of new cars in the country fell by 4.9% year-on-year in June, with 223,421 units sold, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In the first half of the year, the new car market is down by 3.4% with 1,269,245 vehicles joining UK roads. PHEV troubles The month saw growth for petrol and battery electric vehicles (BEVs), up 3% and 61.7% respectively, but this was not enough to offset the continuing decline of diesel, which fell for the 27th month in a row, posting a drop of 20.5% in June. Significantly, PHEVs continued their recent down...
Incomplete dealer data offers independents MOT boost

Incomplete dealer data offers independents MOT boost

MOT, News
Independent garages may be able to exploit a lack of data gathering by franchised dealerships to win MOT tests and work in what is going to be the busiest year for the service. A third of all customer records held by UK franchised dealerships are inaccurate or incomplete, potentially preventing these businesses from following up with customers when it comes to three-year-old cars now due their first MOT.  A nationwide analysis of 47,500 customer records, with names removed, conducted by Market Delivery, found that 11% were missing a mobile phone number, while 18% do not include an email address. Around 7% of customer records had a missing due date for a vehicle’s first MOT, although this was as high as 34% among selected dealers with the worst record keeping.  Vehic
Trico returns to Le Mans

Trico returns to Le Mans

Motorsport, News, Wipers
Trico is to return to Le Mans with the DragonSpeed LMP1 team for its 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans challenge in the quest for outright honours. Fifty years ago, a blue and orange Ford GT40 took victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Trico products keeping the windshield clear of water and the Trico name proudly emblazoned on the side of the car.  The 1969 Le Mans GT40 Half a century later, Trico is back at the world’s greatest endurance race, challenging for the victory podium in a similarly liveried prototype sportscar, once again in partnership with another iconic brand, Gulf Oil. DragonSpeed’s challenger – the Gibson-engined BR Engineering BR1 – evokes the spirit of that 1969 Le Mans victory. Clothed in the same famous&nb
Automechanika Birmingham opens its doors

Automechanika Birmingham opens its doors

Automechanika Birmingham 2019, News
Automechanika Birmingham has officially opened its doors as it returns to bring together leading brands and senior professionals from the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sectors from across UK & Ireland. A packed audience saw mechanic and motorcycle racer turned television presenter, Guy Martin, officially “cut the ribbon” and open the doors to the show at 9.30am, welcoming visitors from all areas of the automotive industry. Ideal networking hub Held in the heart of the UK, Birmingham’s extensive automotive history and accessible location makes it the ideal place to network and discuss the future of the industry over the next three days. With more than 500 exhibitors, visitors including parts distributors, garages, tyre fitters, retailers, dealerships a
Morris Lubricants ambassador to open Automechanika Birmingham Garage event

Morris Lubricants ambassador to open Automechanika Birmingham Garage event

Automechanika Birmingham 2019, News, Oils and Lubes
Morris Lubricants brand ambassador, television personality and truck mechanic Guy Martin will open the Automechanika Birmingham Big Garage Event on the 4thJune. Taking time out from his busy schedule, Guy will be present on the Morris Lubricants stand (K110) throughout the day and will also be taking part in a live Q&A session with the company’s renowned expert on all things lubricating, Adrian Hill, from 13.45 to 14.15. Growing awareness Morris Lubricants has a special appeal for Guy, as a British-based independent manufacturer of oils and lubricants, the company seems a natural fit for the personality. “I like the fact they’re British, have a range of everything you could need and are good honest folk,” he says. “They sent me a load of samples, and I didn’t know how man
Younger drivers lack vehicle maintenance knowledge

Younger drivers lack vehicle maintenance knowledge

News
Half of 18-24 year-old drivers don't know how to check oil levels or tyre pressures on a car, yet those over 55 leave them standing when it comes to routine maintenance according to research by Continental Tyres. Older motorists are more than three times more likely to replace a dodgy bulb, and twice as likely to change windscreen wiper blades as their younger counterparts. The ‘savvy seniors’ have the confidence to manage minor motoring matters, improving their safety and saving them money by avoiding unnecessary trips to the garage. The study of 2,000 drivers revealed that eight in ten young drivers recognise they could save money by mastering routine maintenance and 62% said they would feel good about being able to do more. Some 45% of those over 55 would tackl