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RMI calls for Brexit clarity on future trade with EU

RMI calls for Brexit clarity on future trade with EU

IGA, News
RMI Chairman Peter Johnson has again called for the government to get a deal done over Brexit, calling the current situation ‘unacceptable’. Speaking at the RMI dinner in London, Johnson told guests that it was vital that the UK agrees a deal with the EU which includes free trade.  “It is in everyone’s interests that a future trade deal between the UK and EU removes these tariffs,” he said.  “Whilst we have been part of the EU, we have become accustomed to frictionless and tariff-free trade between the UK and the other countries of the EU.  It has meant that automotive parts can be delivered quickly from wherever they are made or held in stock and vehicles can be ordered and transported across borders in minimal time. “Considering the automotive sector provi
Ben launches new white paper on World Mental Health Day

Ben launches new white paper on World Mental Health Day

Charity, News, Uncategorized
A whitepaper released today by automotive charity, Ben, has found that mental health is still one of the biggest issues affecting the industry’s workforce and could cost employers as much as £1.2 billion a yearcollectively.  Ben’s new whitepaper called Mental health in the automotive industry: moving up a gearexamines evidence and provides practical solutions for employers on how to support the mental health of their workforce. Today, on World Mental Health Day, Ben seeks to make automotive industry employers aware of the stigma still attached to mental health issues and builds a clear case for businesses to take action in support of their employees. As part of this, Ben wants to work in partnership with automotive industry employers, through its Ben4Business
Drivers want to bring back the spare wheel

Drivers want to bring back the spare wheel

News, Tyres
Smiling man and mechanic changing tyres, using jack and wheel wrench Motorists have given a ‘thumbs down’ to space saver spare wheels and puncture repair kits, new research by independent car buying guide Carbuyer.co.uk has revealed. Introduced to save space and weight, the 'space saver' spare - or no spare wheel at all - tops the chart of drivers' irritations about many features of the latest cars. More than a thousand motorists were asked which modern car features annoy them most, with two out of three listing no full-size spare as their biggest gripe. Ranking second in the list of annoyances was another feature aimed at improving fuel efficiency - the engine stop-start system. Some features introduced for driver convenience also turn out to annoy a significant n
Bloodhound ready to go…

Bloodhound ready to go…

Features, News
Sitting in a workshop in the middle of a technical college in Gloucestershire is a car, but not just any car. This particular vehicle has inspired students of all ages to get involved in engineering, and in the next 12-18 months could become the fastest land vehicle in the world. Yet less than a year ago it all looked like the car would end up as scrap. Bloodhound LSR, as it is now known, has come on in leaps and bounds from its previous incarnation as Bloodhound SSC. Under the ownership of Ian Warhurst, former owner of Melett, a turbocharger manufacturer, there is renewed optimism in the project. It is this enthusiasm that has carried the project to its latest stage, where later this month the car and its team will fly to Hakassan Pan in South Africa for high-speed testing. ht...
IMI launches new apprentice ROI calculator

IMI launches new apprentice ROI calculator

IMI, News
Responding to the changing costs associated with taking on apprentices as a result of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Standards model and Apprenticeship Levy, automotive sector professional body, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has launched a new version of its Apprentice ROI Calculator.  Available as a free online tool for automotive businesses, the IMI ROI Calculator provides an easy way to assess how quickly different levels of apprentice can deliver a return on investment in their recruitment and training.  Topline analysis by the IMI, taking into account the additional costs associated with the Apprenticeship Levy for larger employers and the need for increased supervision by a mentor technician, show that a level 3 automotive maintenance and repair...
Drivers risking fines over MOT advisories

Drivers risking fines over MOT advisories

MOT, News
New data suggests a quarter of cars that pass the MOT do so with advisories that could pose a danger over time.  Research by ProTyre from 150 nationwide garages suggests that such a scenario could apply to up to 9,550,000 vehicles on UK roads. According to the company’s findings, the most common MOT advisories surround tyres and brakes. Nearly one in six drivers who pass their MOT leaving the forecourt with advice from engineers to have them fixed soon. Around one in seven advisories relate to vehicle suspension and one in 45 are related to headlights. Worryingly, around 12% of drivers leave the MOT with two or more advisories.  Once unroadworthy and discovered by authorities, driving a vehicle with defective tyres, brakes or with unfit parts that could cause
Hella Gutmann and WhoCanFixMyCar team up

Hella Gutmann and WhoCanFixMyCar team up

Diagnostics, News, Online Services
Diagnostics supplier Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) has teamed up with online car repair marketplace WhoCanFixMyCar.com. Drivers who use WhoCanFixMyCar.com to find a workshop will now be able to differentiate between those that utilise HGS tools, thereby providing a comprehensive diagnostic service and those who don’t, by seeing the HGS logo on the workshop’s profile and choosing accordingly.  By becoming a workshop partner of HGS, technicians have access to they company’s diagnostic equipment and expert advice. They will also benefit from motorists recognising their diagnostic expertise and selecting the workshop as a preferred choice. The WhoCanFixMyCar.com webs
More EV charging locations than petrol forecourts

More EV charging locations than petrol forecourts

Electric Vehicles, News
Nissan has claimed that with the emergence of 1,000 new electric vehicle (EV) charging point locations, there are now more of these in the UK than filling station forecourts. The EV pioneer has correlated data from the Energy Institute and charge point mapping app Zap-Map to establish that there are now 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations. ‘In less than a century since Britain’s first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire – the number of forecourts has peaked, declined and been overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion-powered cars,’ the company said in a statement. ‘Almost 80% of UK petrol stations have closed since 1970, while the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased
Review granted into roadside recovery red-light use

Review granted into roadside recovery red-light use

News, Uncategorized
Roads Minister Michael Ellis MP has announced that the Department for Transport (DfT) would be reviewing the evidence base for the benefits of recovery operators being permitted to use red flashing warning beacons, in a significant win for the roadside rescue and recovery industry. Currently, only amber lights are allowed to be used at the roadside. However, following a Westminster Hall debate led by Tracey Crouch MP, the DfT has pledged to look at the evidence that red lights offer increased safety benefits due to their ability to be sighted from further away. The review into the evidence base for red lights follows a 10 month-long push for recovery operators to be able to use red lights led by the Campaign for Safer Roadside Rescue and Recovery(CSRRR). The Campaign has been sp...
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