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INDUSTRY REACTS AS 4-1-1 MOT IS SCRAPPED

INDUSTRY REACTS AS 4-1-1 MOT IS SCRAPPED

Following the news that a proposal to change the frequency of the first MOT test to four years instead of three has been scrapped by the government, the industry has reacted with delight.

The IAAFs Wendy Williamson said: “It is an understatement to say that we are delighted that these plans have now been scrapped, which comes as a result of all the hard efforts of IAAF as well as the whole of the industry. From the outset, we’ve vigorously fought these proposals, which threatened not just the aftermarket but more crucially, motorists’ safety.

“To ensure as safe and cost-effective motoring as possible, motorists must have their vehicle inspected and serviced regularly. Given that figures suggest one in five vehicles fail their MOT in the first three years, moving to an extended testing period would have potentially caused more accidents and fatalities due to defective vehicles on UK roads.”

The federation has worked relentlessly alongside other industry bodies to fight the unwelcome legislation and is part of the ProMOTe campaign being run by the AALG (Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group) to protect the safety of all road users.

The VMs dealer networks have also welcomed the proposal. Sue Robinson, Director of the RMI’s National Franchised Dealer Assoc. commented: “The NFDA had previously highlighted the potentially devastating road safety implications which extending the date of the first MoT from three to four years might have had. It is extremely positive to see that the government has acknowledged this.”

Also welcoming the news are factor groups. ECP’s CEO Martin Gray said: “We applaud the Minister’s decision to put road safety first. As we highlighted in our consultation to the government around 17% of cars fail their first MoT on their initial attempt, so extending a car’s first MoT to four years could have resulted in an extra 410,000 unsafe cars on the roads and risk higher accident rates. The three-year-for-first MoT system ensures vehicle defects are picked up and remedied quickly, to ensure the safety of all road users”.

“We’d like to thank all those in the industry petitioned the government. It is our belief, and that of the wider sector, that road users’ safety will be maintained as a result of this decision.”

However, not everyone is delighted with the decision. A poster on the Daily Express website set the tone for the majority of reader comments by saying: “Again rip off UK. In Spain first MOT at four years and then every two years until the vehicle is ten years old then every year. Garages must have done a lot of lobbying”.

Mixed responses for 4-1-1 proposition

 

 

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LIQUI MOLY ACQUIRED BY WÜRTH GROUP

LIQUI MOLY ACQUIRED BY WÜRTH GROUP

A deal has been struck by German lube producer Würth Group to acquire Liqui Moly.

Würth Group has owned shares in the Ulm-based company for some years. Now, Managing Partner Ernst Prost has agreed to sell his controlling share in the company, effective January 1s subject to the usual regulatory approvals.  

Following the sale, Würth has said that Liqui Moly will continue to operate as an autonomous company with an independent brand in the Group. Prost will remain with Liqui Moly as joint MD, sharing the role with the firm’s long-standing Head of Sales, Günter Hiermaier.

Liqui Moly has sponsored Team Engstler for years

Peter Zürn, Deputy Chairman of the Central Managing Board of the Würth Group said: “We are proud that this successful and established brand, which is known for its outstanding reputation and great dynamics, will enrich the portfolio of the Würth Group. Our objective is the sustained successful development of Liqui Moly in the future. This is why we will continue to put our faith in the entrepreneurial expertise of Ernst Prost, just as we have done in the past 20 years as a silent partner at Liqui Moly”.

From Prost’s perspective it will be business as usual: “Those who know me know that my employees are my focus,” he said. “After all, it would be foolish to change anything about the road to success over the past few years. Everything will continue just as before – just under a bigger roof that offers greater protection.

In fiscal year 2016, Liqui Moly generated sales of approximately EUR 500 million with 800 employees.

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SUKHPAL AND LKQ: ‘SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT’ IN HGV FACTOR CHAIN

SUKHPAL AND LKQ: ‘SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT’ IN HGV FACTOR CHAIN

Truck part supplier Digraph Transport Supplies has been acquired in a joint deal between LKQ Corporation and Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The move is significant as it marks the first time that both the founder of Euro Car Parts and the corporation that now own it have embarked on a deal as joint investors.

14-branch Digraph will retain all current employees and James Rawson will remain as MD. Rawson has also made an investment in the business.

CAT spoke briefly to Sukhpal to confirm the deal had taken place. He said that the ‘fragmented’ state of the HGV parts market lead it to being an area considered for expansion into for some time and that Digraph was the best fit in terms of matching ECPs ‘sales and customer service ethic’.

In a statement to his team, James Rawson said: “This investment will enable Digraph to access to the resources we need to grow the business and implement our expansion plans. We will work closely with ECP to enhance customer service levels. I am thrilled to be working with Sukhpal and taking up the challenge of extending the Digraph service to customers throughout the UK.”

In related news, Sukhpal has extended his three-year contract with ECP, retaining his position as Executive Chairman.

 

 

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AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM 2018 LAUNCHED

AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM 2018 LAUNCHED

The preparations for next year’s Automechanika Birmingham are underway, with Show Director Simon Albert confirming that ‘over 300’ exhibitors have signed up so far.

Following a summer of touring the country and talking to exhibitors, the organisers are planning a number of new initiatives for the show. “One of the main things is improved networking” said Albert. “For exhibitors we are going to have a ‘facilitated meetings’ programme, so you can make appointments to have meetings with visitors on your stand”. He added that the event will host a network evening, where exhibitors and certain visitor groups can talk shop with each other.

2018 will also see a renewed focus on workshops. “We are also looking at garages, and we have had a lot of requests asking that the event caters more for them, so we are extending opening hours one evening, as we are aware that shutting their businesses early or all day is a barrier” said Albert. “Plus, garages will have their own dedicated hall, Hall 19. They can meet all of the tools and equipment manufacturers and they can certainly get a good return on investment on their day”.

Following the 2018 show, the orgainisers have announced plans to make the show a biennial event. Keep a lookout for the October CAT for more info.

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CAR HISTORY SERVICE CLEARED IN ASA INVESTIGATION

CAR HISTORY SERVICE CLEARED IN ASA INVESTIGATION

Vehicle history website motorcheck.co.uk offered a car history checking service that stated the user could ‘save 40 percent on car checks’ compared with Experian or HPI.

HPI complained that the claim couldn’t be substantiated, however the Authority ruled that it could be. A statement in the ruling read: “The ASA considered traders would interpret the ad to mean that, if they ran 20 vehicle checks per month with MotorCheck, they would make a minimum 40% saving compared with running similar checks with HPI”.

“We noted that part of the basis of Cap HPI’s complaint was the contractual requirement that HPI’s customers were not permitted to share details of the cost of HPI’s products with competitors. They therefore questioned how reliable the evidence MotorCheck relied on to support the claim was likely to be. We noted, however, that MotorCheck had been sent the pricing information direct from HPI following an anonymous enquiry. We had no reason to think that this would not be a valid reflection of the cost of HPI’s products. When drawing up the comparison, MotorCheck had taken into account the one-off joining fee charged by Cap HPI (as traders who were not currently with Cap HPI would need to pay it). They had incorporated that into the price comparison in the first month and then had listed a separate comparison for the subsequent months in which the joining fee did not need to be paid (as traders would only pay the joining fee once)”.

No further action is required.

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BREAKING: AAG TO ACQUIRE CONTROLLING SHARE OF GROUPAUTO POLAND

BREAKING: AAG TO ACQUIRE CONTROLLING SHARE OF GROUPAUTO POLAND

The following statement has just been issued by the Alliance Automotive Group:

 

“GROUPAUTO Polska (GAP) and Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) are pleased to announce that AAG has entered into an agreement to acquire a 51.3% controlling shareholding in GAP. The agreement is subject to the approval of the Polish Competition Authority.  It is expected that this approval will be received within the next two months.”

“Jean-Jacques Lafont, the CEO of AAG said: “We are delighted to open this new page in the development of our Group.  This is the first step in our entry into the large and growing Polish market with exciting opportunities to replicate what we have done in our existing markets in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.  We are particularly happy to be partnering with the historical shareholders of GAP as well as their talented management team led by Mariusz Dankowski and Luiza Kaminska.” “

“Mariusz Dankowski said: “The shareholders and management of GAP are extremely pleased to bring AAG into our Group. This is a natural progression of a relationship that GAP and AAG have developed over many years within the Groupauto International family and we see many opportunities to benefit from AAG’s size and dynamic growth to develop and strengthen our position in the Polish market.””

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LONDON MAYOR PROPOSES DIESEL SCRAPPAGE SCHEME

LONDON MAYOR PROPOSES DIESEL SCRAPPAGE SCHEME

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A few of the cars from the scrappage scheme in 2009

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on government for a national diesel scrappage scheme for older vehicles to help combat air pollution within the capital with incentives to encourage the uptake of electric and hybrid vehicles.

IAAF’s Chief Executive Wendy Williamson, argues that even though this technology is the way forward, a bigger discussion across multiple sectors is needed to tackle the long-term effects of air pollution in and outside of the nation’s capital. She said. “Whenever there’s anything on emissions it seems to be the automotive market is an easy target somehow. Where are people talking about the aerospace industry, farm tractors and rather just picking up on cars all the time, why is the focus not given a broader discussion?”

She added: “Most of the emission problems in London would be fixed if they looked at the black cabs and buses. There’s positive changes happening at the moment, but then there’s no controls over any of the Uber cabs so you could be in a high emission Uber car and have none of the controls that the black cabs are having to conform to”. Williamson also questions where the budget for the £500m project will come from with around 50 percent of diesel vehicles representing the UK car parc.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Sadiq Khan said. “The toxic state of our air leaves us with no choice but to rid our city of the most polluting diesel vehicles. It is shocking that nearly half of new car sales in the UK are still diesel vehicles and the tax system still incentivises motorists to buy these polluting cars”. The Mayor also announced that he would ‘not rule out’ banning diesel vehicles from London altogether if the high levels of Nitrogen Oxide are not heavily reduced.

If the scrappage scheme goes nationwide, Williamson said the Federation would consult with its members. She concluded: “In fairness, the government has set out quite a robust programme for electric vehicles which are clearly how they see the future. There’s no doubt that hybrids are the way to go but there’s still some way to go with technology yet”.

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VW SCANDAL: BOSCH AGREES $327.5m PAYOUT

VW SCANDAL: BOSCH AGREES $327.5m PAYOUT

bosch_logoOE parts maker Bosch has agreed to compensate U.S VAG Group diesel car owners and used car dealers in the fallout of the emissions scandal. The agreement follows a class action from a number of people affected.

The company has agreed to pay out on 2.0l engines fitted to VW and Audi vehicles and 3.0l engines, which were also fitted in some Porsches. The total of the settlement comes to US $327.5m.

In a statement, the company stresses that it doesn’t acknowledge the facts as alleged by the plaintiffs, nor does it admit liability.

“Upon careful consideration of all relevant aspects, we have in this case decided to enter into a settlement agreement. Bosch is currently undergoing the biggest transformation process in its company history. We wish to devote our attention and our resources to the transition in mobility and in other areas of activity”, said Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Management Board of Robert Bosch.

The settlement requires approval by a judge in the U.S. Once a hearing has gone ahead, those involved will be informed of their rights and options. It is proposed that the Court considers final approval of the settlement agreement in early May.

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FOUR YEAR MOT PROPOSAL FROM DfT

FOUR YEAR MOT PROPOSAL FROM DfT

Junior transport minister Andrew Jones

Junior transport minister Andrew Jones

The government has launched a proposal to increase the time for new cars to have their first MOT from three years to four.

“New vehicles are much safer than they were 50 years ago”, said Junior Transport Minister Andrew Jones, “So it is only right we bring the MOT test up to date to help save motorists money where we can.”

Unsurprisingly, this has not gone down well with aftermarket trade bodies. Stuart James, from RMI,’s Independent Garage Association said: “This proposal would, without doubt, cost consumers more in repair costs, incentivise “clockers” and be detrimental to the UK’s excellent road safety record for no particular gain.” He continued: “At the three year period alone this change will see 400,000 unroadworthy cars on the road for another 12 months and no official mileage recorded until year 4”. James also mentioned that a fine and three penalty points for a ‘blown’ tyre exceeds that of a £54.85 MOT test if the car had been checked by the garage prior.

Wendy Williamson, Chief Executive of the IAAF, concurs with James. She said: “40 percent of all cars fail their MOT currently but even with improvements in vehicle technology, the main causes of MOT failure is still brakes, tyres and lights.”

“That is something clearly down to use of the car and we would oppose the DfT’s proposition on safety grounds”, adding that Britain has the safest roads in Europe on record with the current 3-1-1 MOT reinforcing this.

The IAAF has opened the statement up to its members for comment as both the IAAF and RMI prepare reports to respond to the DfT’s consultation before the proposed deadline on 16th April. If all goes to plan, new rules will apply from 2018.

Interestingly, the government statement was published in error two weeks before it was officially announced, giving trade bodies and road safety groups plenty of time to prepare their ammunition.

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ECP REBRAND AND EXPAND FORMER HELLA IRELAND SITE

ECP REBRAND AND EXPAND FORMER HELLA IRELAND SITE

Euro Car Parts has re-branded a former Hella Ireland branch in Dublin. Now sporting the company’s familiar blue and yellow logo, the Dublin outlet is the chain’s first ECP-branded store in the Republic of Ireland.

Apart from the new signs, the branch has enjoyed significant investment to grow the services on offer. This includes increasing the number of vans from four to twelve and doubling the physical warehouse size to 90,000 sq ft. A modern racking system has also been introduced along with a new trading system.

Headcount will also go up from 31 to 48, with the ultimate goal for all of the improvements is to increase availability and reduce lead time.

Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts, said: “The business has been operating in Dublin since 1979 and has very experienced staff, some of whom have been working in the industry for over 30 years.

“We’re retaining this expertise and adding Euro Car Parts’ full product range to deliver service that goes the extra mile and continues to support existing customers. We’re expanding what is on offer by investing in additional infrastructure and resources.”

“We successfully partner with tens of thousands of independent garages in the UK and we are thrilled and delighted to extend that support to the Republic of Ireland.”ecp_stocked_shelves

Through parent company LKQ Corp, ECP took over Hella Ireland in August 2016.

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