The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation has put its backing firmly behind the BSI Kitemark and says it will lead a revision of the scheme.
In a statement, Mike Owen, head of the Federationâ€™s garage section, said that the kitemark scheme is â€œa huge opportunity for the garages to take on board and help improve themselves in so many ways”.
He spoke out after CAT readers responding to a poll on this website said that they felt the Kitemark to be the most robust garage standard on the market.
Quintin Cornforth, head of the IAAF lobbying section added: â€œThe time is right for a proper system to be developed and enshrined as the foundation upon which the industry must base itself. As the IAAF see it, there is currently only one real cross-party scheme available â€“ that of PAS 80 from the respected BSI.â€
However, both men stressed that the Kitemark must be revised if it is to strike the right chord with the UKâ€™s independent garages.
â€œIAAF does not wish to read in three years another condemnation of their industry,â€ said Cornforth, referring to the damning Which? report on servicing standards in the sector.
â€œTo this end, together with BSI, [we] are prepared to lead the review of PAS 80 and champion this revised standard to the industry.â€