IGA “extremely concerned” over EU testing proposals

Stuart James

Stuart James

The IGA says it is “extremely concerned” about European Commission proposals to stop technicians re-testing a failed vehicle.

The proposal was discussed at a policy breakfast meeting at the EU Parliament this morning. Among the representatives was the IGA’s Stuart James, who represented the UK’s independent automotive service and repair industry.

Under the proposal, technicians who initially MOT test and repair a vehicle would be able to re-test the same vehicle.

Stuart James said: ““The IGA is extremely concerned about the proposal that will bar MOT testers from repairing a vehicle that has failed the test and re-testing the same vehicle.

“The UK has the one of the highest safety rates on MOT tests and having the same tester has no bearing on this. All this new proposal does is cast unnecessary doubt on the credibility of testers as well as the industry as a whole. The threat may not just be to re-tests but the separation of tests from other activities. The proposal could be interpreted as all testing being separate from repair premises and companies.

“The move would be seriously detrimental to our members who are already struggling to do business within a stagnant economy. The proposal would result in the businesses having to recruit additional resources and qualified testers creating the substantial burden of additional cost which unfortunately would have to be passed on to their customers.

“The IGA will continue to liaise with the European Commission to ensure our member’s views are fully represented.”

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