The Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme has announced its 20,000th accredited technician, news which it hopes will help boost consumer confidence.
Badly repaired cars are a leading cause of traffic accidents, according to the IMI, which administers the ATA scheme.
The organisation cites survey results that suggests that over 80% of the population does not know how to tell a good technician from a bad one.
Sarah Sillars OBE, the IMI’s executive chair,Â said: â€œThe ATA scheme only started five years ago.
â€œTo reach 20,000 accredited technicians in such a short amount of time â€“ a rate of ten new members a day â€“ is an incredible achievement.â€
The ATA scheme is voluntary, allowing technicians to prove their skills and ensure they work to relevant codes of conduct.
Kwik-Fit technician Doug Creed, based in Bromley, Kent, was the 20,000th person to be approved.
â€œThe accreditation is great because it means Iâ€™m always up to speed with changes in this fast-moving industry,â€ he said.
Technicians interested in accreditation can find information on the ATA website.