Feel safe, ride safe with Philips X-tremeVision moto supporting Road Safety Week

This Road Safety Week (19-25 November) is focusing on bikers and encouraging everyone to be Bike Smart.

Statistics show that motorcyclists are 38 times more likely to be killed in a crash than car occupants per mile ridden [1] and motorcyclists comprise the
largest proportion (25%) of road crash admissions to trauma centres [2].

Headlights are one of the most important safety features on a motorcycle. As well as illuminating the road ahead, the rider is making themselves visable to other drivers on the road, especially at night. Drivers often don’t see bikes until it’s too late.

The best way to ensure visibility on the road is to choose the best performing headlight bulb available.

For maximum safety and performance, Philips X-tremeVision moto bulbs are engineered with state-of-the-art technology to offer up to 130% more brightness, compared to the minimum legal standard, for riders- thanks to improved filament geometry and the use of a unique gas composition.

The bulbs are filled with a unique gas composition that reduces the deterioration of the lamp’s filament, which improves its durability and therefore optimises the lamp’s lifetime.

Philips halogen bulbs are made of quartz-glass. UV-quartz glass is stronger than hard glass and highly resistant to temperature extremes and vibrations, which eliminates the risk of explosion. So Philips quartz-glass lamps (filament 2 650ºC and glass 800ºC) are able to withstand severe thermal shock. With the capability of increased pressure inside a UV-quartz glass lamp, it allows to produce a more powerful light. And more powerful light means an enhanced driving experience, however dark the road.

Lumileds’ UK Business Development Manager, Richard Armstrong commented: “Lumileds is proud to be backing national Road Safety Week. The speeds motorcycles can travel are equal to those of cars and yet motorcycle riders do not have equal protection in the event of a crash, such as air bags or side-impact bars, exposing them to the full force of impact. Raising awareness of best practice for riders and drivers alike, and therefore limiting motorcycle crashes, is critical to saving lives on UK roads.

“For maximum safety the Philips X-tremeVision motor headlighting range is engineered with state-of-the-art technology, offering maximum performance and a high level of safety on the road. Upgrading your motorbike’s headlamp is a good idea especially at this time of the year in order to improve the brightness of the headlamps – be seen and be safe.”

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AAG acquires Lloyds Motor Spares

Alliance Automotive Group UK has announced that it has recently completed the acquisition of Lloyds Motor Spares Ltd., which is an existing member of the IFA buying group

Established in 1946, Lloyds is a nine branch LV business based around North London employing over 110 people.

The company has sales of  around £10.0m and a fleet of 40 dedicated delivery vans and 10 motorcycle couriers.

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Cologne and Bonn must impose limited diesel bans says German court

A German court has ruled recently that the western city of Cologne must introduce bans on older diesel vehicles in certain areas from April 2019 and the nearby city of Bonn must impose bans on diesel vehicles for two roads at the same time.

Environmental lobby group DUH had filed complaints against the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, home to Cologne and Bonn, saying the cities needed to ensure their pollution levels stuck to permitted limits and calling for a ban of diesel vehicles in those cities.

The court ruled that the ban to be applied to Cologne’s existing environmental zone would first affect diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 4 emissions standard before extending to vehicles meeting the Euro 5 standard from September 2019.

An appeal can be filed against the court’s decision.

Emissions from diesel cars have pushed nitrogen levels above the permitted level of 50 milligrams per cubic meter in dozens of cities across Germany, and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is keen to avoid wildly unpopular driving bans for diesel vehicles.

Cologne and Bonn will become the latest Germany cities to face bans following court rulings in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Berlin to limit older diesel vehicles on certain streets from next year.

The decisions were made after a landmark ruling by Germany’s top administrative court in February opened the door to inner-city bans.

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Andy Lees – Warehouse to MD

PG Automotive is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Lees as Managing Director.

In this new role, Andy will take on the full responsibility for the leadership and development of PG Automotive’s existing recruitment business. He will play a key role in meeting the company’s growth goals, as well as building on the firm’s outstanding reputation for service and delivery to professionals and clients. This service results from an innovative investment in the long-term career paths of professionals, building a community of talent that is energised by its recruitment ethics.

Bringing with him over 32 years of automotive experience, Andy began his career as a warehouse and delivery driver for an automotive manufacturer. He soon found the opportunity to develop his people skills and become a Sales Representative for the same company. Andy then went on to hold, Business Development Manager, National Account Manager, General Sales Manager, Sales Director, and General Manager roles before finally reaching his latest appointment of Managing Director. With the likes of Exide Technologies, The Parts Alliance, Federal Mogul, GroupAuto and Road & Rally Andy has operated within some of the most prestigious companies of all sizes establishing a successful sales and operational record in both direct and team run proposals to a broad sector and international geographies. Andy has also worked with a wide variety of customer bases including the M.O.D, KWIK-Fit, Halfords, franchised dealer groups, buying groups and independent single and multi-branch motor factor operations.

PG Automotive’s Pete George & Pri Chauhan said: “Andy’s track record, international experience, and contacts in the profession are second to none, and we are thrilled to have him on board. Attracting someone of Andy’s calibre into the business is a great endorsement of our strategy and ambition. He brings with him incredibly strong knowledge and experience which will be vital as we continue our ambitious plans to grow and develop recruitment solutions for our clients.”

Andy added: “After experiencing the PG style some years ago from both a client and candidate perspective, I am confident that the company is deserving of its reputation as a leading recruitment specialist. Under my additional guidance, we have a great opportunity for further growth and continued diversification into new sectors, bringing our strong business values and service delivery to match the demands and rightly high expectations of our clients. We at PG Automotive are in an excellent position to capitalise on the growth opportunities presented by improving markets. PG Automotive’s brand, values and proven delivery model make this an exciting journey as part of the great team that will take us to the next level.”

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Law firm urges businesses to join truck pricing cartel claim

Edwin Coe LLP has filed a group action seeking damages for businesses who were victims of fraudulent price fixing by major truck manufacturers over a 14-year period.

The law firm is calling on any business that purchased, leased or outsourced trucks weighing six tonnes or more between 1997 and 2012 to join the lawsuit, which will sit in the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Well-known high street names, a supermarket retailer and a range of major regional brewers, are already amongst the claimants joining the litigation, says the firm.

They are seeking damages (plus interest) for medium or heavy goods vehicles purchased during the so-called infringement period of 14 years.

Edwin Coe is now encouraging additional businesses in the retail, construction, farming, waste-management and outsourcing sectors to sign up, as it is likely they also overpaid for their vehicles, it says.

The claim stems from a European Commission ruling in 2016 against five truck manufacturers – MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler/Mercedes, Iveco and DAF – which found they operated a price fixing cartel stretching back to 1997. There has since been a similar finding against a sixth manufacturer, Scania.

Together these manufacturers hold over 80% of the market.

It is estimated that some 10 million trucks were sold across the EU during the 1997-2011 period and that each one may have been overpriced by up to £10,000 as a result of the cartel.

Claims may also be brought by those who purchased trucks from other manufacturers, because their prices are also likely to have been affected by the cartel pricing, says Edwin Coe.

Zahira Hussain of Edwin Coe LLP said: “This cartel was an EU-wide scandal for many years and affected thousands of UK businesses from PLCs to smaller enterprises.

“Companies that believe they were a victim and want to claim their rightful compensation need to act fast. There is still a window to join our claim process on a cost and risk-free basis.”

Last month Edwin Coe secured litigation funding from Affiniti Finance meaning it can act for clients under a ‘no-win, no-fee’ arrangement.

The Road Haulage Association has a separate legal action underway for its members. However, Edwin Coe says it is able to act for direct purchasers of trucks as well as indirect purchasers (meaning any companies who used trucking services provided by hauliers).

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Milk & More adds 200 electric StreetScooter Vans to fleet

Milk & More has expanded its EV fleet with 200 new StreetScooter electric vans.

The milk delivery service has invested £6.5 million in the new vehicles, which will be used to replace existing diesel models on the fleet.

More than a third of the Milk & More fleet is now electric, as the company already has 200 electric milk floats.

Milk & More is also the first UK company to operate the StreetScooter EV van, which is currently only used in Germany by Deutsche Post.

The StreetScooter EV Van has a 905kg payload and an eight-metre cube box, enabling Milk & More to carry 860 pints of milk at a time. The new floats have zero emissions and a range of up to 75 miles.

Milk & More has seen a 90% reduction in operational fuel costs, versus the outgoing diesel vehicles.

Patrick Müller, CEO of Milk & More, said: “Our customers are at the heart of every decision we take and that includes our investment in the StreetScooter milk floats. As a business, we are committed to making this great British tradition relevant to 21st century consumers and therefore the delivery vehicles we use must also meet those needs.

“The new StreetScooters are our most environmentally friendly milk floats yet and are a fundamental part of a wider business strategy to provide a trusted home delivery service that connects customers with a wide range of high quality, locally sourced products. We are already seeing the results of this strategy with a significant increase of 40,000 new online customers since January 2018, 90% of whom are ordering milk in our iconic one-pint glass bottles. We deliver 100 million of these glass bottles every year, and each is reused on average 25 times.”

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Servicesure network signs 500th member

The Servicesure garage network has hit its second major milestone in a matter of weeks with Manor Motor Company becoming the 500th member.

The announcement comes after Daniels Vehicle Services became the 100th garage to join this year back in September.

The Parts Alliance’s industry-leading garage programme aims to offer everything modern independent garages need to thrive in today’s increasingly complex environment.

Birmingham-based Manor Motor Company was established in 2013, and has shown willingness to embrace new technologies. The business offers MOT, servicing, diagnostics, repairs and a wide range of specialist services for all makes and models.

“We were introduced to Servicesure by Bromsgrove Motor Factors,” said Matthew Lawrence, Director of Manor Motor Company. “The more we heard, the more we liked but the Servicesure national warranty was the biggest selling point for us.”

The national warranty offers a 12 months or 12,000 miles parts and labour guarantee on replacement parts. Customers can visit any member of the network to claim, subject to terms and conditions.

“We’re delighted to welcome Manor Motor Company and to reach the 500 mark for the network,” said Paul Dineen, Head of Servicesure. “We’re adding value to Servicesure all the time to ensure we can help mould what we bring around the unique requirements of each garage.

“The strength of the Servicesure brand, the national warranty and the ties to a strong group like The Parts Alliance are proving to have growing appeal to garages seeking to compete effectively.”

Servicesure garages are being invited to consider how and why they excel as the network starts the search for a 2019 ‘Autocentre of the Year’ shortly.

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ZF Gets Customer Vote to Win Irish Auto Trade ‘Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer of the Year’ Award 2019

ZF Aftermarket has won the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer of the Year 2019 at the Irish Auto Trade Awards.

The award is a particularly coveted prize as it’s voted for readers of the Auto Trade Journal, Ireland’s leading automotive magazine.

The business, owner of impressive brand portfolio: Sachs, Lemförder, TRW & Boge beat off stiff competition from several industry greats to take the title for its product quality and excellent customer service. The award was presented at the Irish Auto Trade Awards held at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, Ireland on 20th October 2018.

Padraic Deane, Publisher and Managing Editor of the Auto Trade Journal commented: “ZF Aftermarket is a worthy winner of the title: ‘Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer of the Year 2019’. Up against a number of industry greats, the results showed that the whole ZF package is truly the best in class.

“Always going the extra mile, always first to market with new and innovative solutions to help maximize customer experience and futureproof the market in a time of rapidly advancing mobility; to present the team with this award was an honour.”

The award was sponsored by SWSNI, (Search Workshop Supplies), a highly regarded, leading supplier of workshop consumables to Motor Factors.

The awards are organised by Automotive Publications, owner of a number of leading Irish industry magazines and promoters of the Auto Trade EXPO, a two day bi-ennial event held this year on 20-21 October at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Attracting more than 8,100 visitors this year, this event is an important occasion in the calendar for the automotive aftermarket and wider auto industry across Ireland.

On behalf of the team, ZF Aftermarket Senior Manager IAM – UK & Ireland, Martyn Houghton said: “We are incredibly proud to receive this award. The fact that it was voted for by our customers makes it even more meaningful.

“It’s a true reflection of the whole package: Brand awareness, product quality & performance and the people whose hard work, loyalty and personalities sit behind all of that to bring it together.”

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NGK launches new MO70 project to transform ride-on lawn mower into fire-breathing speed machine!

Ignition specialist NGK and an iconic British drag racing champion have teamed up to launch the MO70 project to transform a standard ride-on lawn mower in to a speed machine capable of reaching 70mph+!

Seven-times British Pro Mod drag racing champion and race car builder Andy Robinson has been given the task of turning the humble Honda machine in to a blisteringly fast fire-breathing monster.

He will be spending the next few months working on the mower to enable it to at least exceed the road speed limit at the Santa Pod Raceway drag racing circuit in Northamptonshire next year.

NGK announced the MO70 project at the Saltex horticultural show at Birmingham’s NEC and plans to show the souped-up mower next year in its full racing livery.

Mark Hallam, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager, said: “As part of our MO70 project, Andy will be working through the winter months to turn it in to a speed machine. We bought the standard Honda mower off eBay for just a few hundred pounds and have given Andy the task of making it reach 70mph but knowing him it could well achieve 100mph!

“We will be reporting on Andy’s progress over the coming months as he prepares the MO70 to make its track debut next year.”

The mower attracted plenty of interest at Saltex when it was displayed alongside NGK’s range of spark plugs which are specifically aimed at the horticultural market where their fast heating makes them ideal for engines that often work in harsh conditions.

Staff on the company’s stand handed out special MO70 promotional gifts to visitors who had the chance of winning a prize for achieving a ‘hole in one’ on a golfing putting green.

NGK has been developing spark plug technology since the 1930s and manufactures plugs for every type of automotive engine, as well as for motorcycles, marine, horticultural, plant and many other applications.

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VAT in the event of a no deal Brexit

Lawgistics, who provide the IAAF legal helpline, have drawn attention to the fact that, in the event that no trade deal with the EU is agreed, HMRC has issued a statement on how this may affect businesses.

The statement can be found in the Government publication “VAT for business if there’s no Brexit deal“. It is a short guide for businesses that expect to be trading with customers in the EU after 29 March 2019. It also sets out the position regarding provisions for VAT, as well as import and export procedures.

Any business currently exporting or importing goods within the EU that is planning to do so after the deadline, is encouraged to study this document and to make any changes required.

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