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INDUSTRY REACTS AS 4-1-1 MOT IS SCRAPPED

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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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TRADE CONNECTIONS KEEP OBD PORT OPEN

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TRADE CONNECTIONS KEEP OBD PORT OPEN


The latest rumblings from Europe are that the OBD port will remain to be fitted to vehicles, even in the age of ‘over the air’ diagnostics and software updates.

Lobbying from various trade groups, both in the UK and on the Continent have persuaded the EU council’s main preparatory body has agreed that the socket should remain.

All is not plain sailing however. There is still the possibility of the legislation being vetoed as it has to be voted on by both the EU Parliament and the EU Council, plus the ruling states that the port only has to work ‘when the vehicle is in motion’, meaning VMs could still get around key-on-engine-off diagnostics.

The IAAF was one of the trade bodies involved in the negotiations. Chief Executive Wendy Williamson said: “This is fantastic news, and although not the end game it’s a significant step towards keeping the OBD port alive.

“The missing OBD connector would impact not just on garages but the entire spare parts supply chain including manufacturers, distributors, producers of diagnostic equipment and dedicated software for the OBD connector, as well as millions of consumers who would no longer have a competitive choice in vehicle servicing and repair.”

The agreement will now need to be approved by the EP IMCO Committee before it is submitted for approval. If approved by the European Parliament, the new regulation will come into play from 1 September 2020.

 

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IAAF CONFERENCE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

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IAAF CONFERENCE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED


The proceedings for the IAAF’s Annual Conference are well underway with a variety of industry speakers set to take centre stage and discuss the ‘real’ issues affecting the aftermarket, post Brexit.

So far, confirmed speakers include Dr. Julia Saini (Frost and Sullivan), Allistair Preston (whocanfixmycar) as well as Steve Nash (IMI), Olaf Heffing (Mahle) and more. The event will be facilitated by racing car legend Johnny Herbert who will help debate other topics on the federation’s agenda including the Connected Car and the government’s recent announcement for the abolishment of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.

IAAF Chief Exec Wendy Williamson said, “The expertise, experience and insight provided by our speakers will, I believe, feature in the future strategic planning of all those that attend”, she added. “We’re looking to the future, but we also recognise the pressures faced by our members today and will aim to provide some clarity and insight into these challenges”.

This year’s conference will take place at the Players Suite, Double Tree by Hilton on Thursday 7th December. For those invited, don’t forget your black tie!

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IAAF CONFERENCE: WILLIAMSON URGES CHANGE

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IAAF CONFERENCE: WILLIAMSON URGES CHANGE


IAAF Chief Exec Wendy Williamson has opened the annual conference under the title ‘How to Survive and Thrive Post Brexit’.

“As an ardent remainer, I spent weeks being shocked about the result of the referendum” said Williamson. “However, as the people in the corridors of power are fond of saying: ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and we must respect the decision and get on with it”.

Her introduction included a warning about the speed that VMs are developing fully autonomous cars and trucks. “Last year, I said that the greatest threat was the connected car… Well, now I think I may have been wrong” Williamson said, before showing short promotional films from Ford and Volvo Trucks, adding that these new developments are not nieche high-value vehicles, but they are from mainstream manufacturers, and that the aftermarket must adapt accordingly.

The conference is in progress at the time of writing, with presentations from Frost and Sullivan and Boswell Aftermarket underway.

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KIA VERDICT ‘HUGE VICTORY FOR AFTERMARKET’ SAY IAAF


Kia logoThe Supreme Court in Stockholm has dismissed Kia Motor’s petition to appeal against their conviction in

December 2012 for breach of competition in the Swedish market on its seven-year new car warranty.

Under the EU Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation 461/2010, manufacturers have a duty to honour the vehicle’s warranty when it is serviced outside of the dealership, and non-OE parts being fitted onto a vehicle is an insufficient reason for the warranty to be declared invalid.

Kia’s terms outline that it is a requirement that any service is performed by a brand authorised workshop. A Swedish trade body, SBF, reported the VM to the Swedish Competition Authority who agreed the terms were likely in breach of block exemption regulations.

Following this, SBF sued the VM in the Swedish Market Court which then convicted Kia Motors for breach of competition.

Understandably, UK trade bodies were delighted with the result. Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive said: “The Swedish verdict is fundamentally important; it’s the first of its kind within the EU, and is a huge victory for the aftermarket. It sets an important precedent for the independent aftermarket within Europe.

“The aftermarket has to educate ill-informed motorists about their rights, so it is essential the IAAF is made aware of any block exemption infringements as soon as possible so we can react quickly to resolve them.

“This case is a stark reminder to VMs and dealers to abide by the current legislation. Under these rules, everyone has a ‘Right2Choose’ and car owners are no longer obliged to go to their dealer during the vehicle’s warranty period. We are continuing to do everything we can to promote the regulations to vulnerable motorists.”

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IAAF: WILLIAMSON’S STARK WARNING

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IAAF: WILLIAMSON’S STARK WARNING


IMG_20151217_103228IAAF chair Wendy Williamson has opened the Federation’s annual conference with a stark warning.

Under the theme of ‘survive and thrive’ Williamson spoke about the challenges presented to the independent sector by new cloud-based technology that is being introduced by the vehicle manufacturers.

“The threats from the VMs have now grown to unprecedented levels. Last year we talked about the connected car, but this year. We are facing a potential lock out from all the VMs. I genuinely believe that this is a greater threat than we faced ten years ago with block exemption regulations.”

“Technology seems to be outpacing regulations. To give you one example, Volvo have deleted functionality from the 16-pin socket apart from emissions data. The next step is that the garages will have to have pre-verified diagnostic tools and will have to pay the VM on a case-by-case basis to access the information they need.”

Williamson also thanked the industry for the work it had done in the past year. “I believe we are on the right track and I hope we are not just surviving, but thriving as well and I hope you enjoy what will be an interesting and stimulating day”.

 

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WENDY WILLIAMSON APPOINTED TO FIGIEFA BOARD

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WENDY WILLIAMSON APPOINTED TO FIGIEFA BOARD


Wendy Williamson, Chief Executive of IAAF, has been appointed to the board and made treasurer of FIGIEFA, the association representing the needs of the European aftermarket to governments and legislators of the European Union.

The IAAF and FIGIEFA have a close working relationship, monitoring and contributing to new European legislation affecting the trade. It is this partnership that works to represent the interests of IAAF members in the UK to European and international institutions, promoting the contribution of the independent automotive aftermarket in order to achieve the EU’s goals for a competitive European economy.

Both organisations work together on a number of issues including type approval, roadworthiness proposals, eCall, telemetry and the Connected Car.

Commenting on her new role, Williamson said: “I’m delighted to be working more closely with FIGIEFA. In this additional role, the IAAF will be able to maintain its key position of taking both the challenges and opportunities in the UK trade to European legislators.”

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