RMI plans techie database for VM security data access

The Retail Motor Industry Federation says it will launch the first garage certification body in a bid to secure access to vehicle security data for its members.

Last year, the European Commission ruled that under the Euro5 emissions regulations, VMs must provide independents with direct access to their vehicle security codes.

The codes are used to reprogram electric keys, ECUs and, increasingly, ‘traditional’ components such as batteries.

But there is a catch: to qualify for access, individuals have to prove they are trustworthy, i.e., that they will not sell on the data to car thieves or misuse the data.

RMI Standards and Certifications is the RMI’s solution. Stuart James, head of the division, said: “To turn off an engine management light for potentially just a battery, wiper blade or even a tyre change, security access will be required.

“Subject to meeting relevant criteria, we will be certifying garages so they can gain access to this vital information.”

The Federation said it has the backing of the police.

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