Dept. for Transport and DVSA launch consultation on MOT changes

Further to the article in the eBulletin Issue 766, the Department for Transport and the DVSA have finally issued the consultation document seeking views on whether the age a vehicle gets its first MOT should be increased from 3 to 4 years.

The options being proposed are:

• to keep the current period for vehicles requiring a first MOT at 3 years, with no change
• to increase the age all vehicles get their first MOT from 3 to 4 years
• to increase the age cars and motorcycles get their first MOT from 3 to 4 years, but keeping it at 3 years for vans in classes 4 and 7

This consultation has been expected for the last 18 months and the views we have gathered over this period would strongly suggest that the membership is in favour of keeping the status quo of 3:1:1. If you have any particular views please submit your comments to us using the link below.

The 12-week consultation period started on 22 January 2017.

To find out more about how the proposed changes will work and to give your views direct, CLICK HERE.

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More than 100,000 electric and plug-in vehicles on UK roads during 2017

By mid-2017, government and industry body Go Ultra Low says more than 100,000 plug-in cars will be on UK roads.

This landmark prospect is fuelled by record electric car registrations in 2016, a year in which volumes rose 29% on the previous 12 months.

From January to December, motorists flocked to buy electric vehicles in record numbers, with 36,907 electric vehicles registed in the UK. As thousands of motorists switched-on to the cost saving and convenience of electric motoring, public and business appetite for plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars reached a new high.

An ever-increasing selection of electric cars is playing a key role in plug-in vehicle uptake surpassing record levels, Go Ultra Low suggests. Today, more than 35 plug-in models are available to UK motorists – four times the number on the market just five years ago – with yet more new versions set to be launched this year.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “Year after year, we see record levels of electric vehicle registrations as more and more motorists realise the cost-saving and environmental benefits of driving a plug-in electric car. With ongoing government incentives and increasing product choice we expect this trend to contiue, boosting the number of electric cars on UK roads beyond 100,000 by mid-2017.”

Plug-in hybrid uptake was particularly strong in 2016 as annual registrations rose 41.9%, with in-demand models such as the BMW 330e, Volkswagen Golf GTE and Audi A3 Sportback e-tron among the most popular. Every quarter in 2016 produced a year-on-year improvement, while the accumulative registrations total for all electrically powered cars now rests at 87,158.

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KPMG Survey Results: Motorists will start to abandon car ownership in less than a decade

UK automotive executives expect that more than half of today’s car owners will not want to own a car in less than a decade, according to KPMG’s Global Automotive Executive Survey 2017.

The survey found that 74 per cent of UK automotive executives think that by 2025, more than half of car owners today will not want to own a vehicle, as self-driving technology and mobility as a service will take priority.

John Leech, UK Head of Automotive at KPMG, said: “The UK is particularly suited to the early adoption of self-driving cars consumed as a service. Our greenbelt policy has created a relatively dense urban population which, when coupled with our high fuel prices, means that so-called “robot taxis” offer a greater cost saving to the UK public, compared to European or North American markets. I believe robot taxis will revolutionise UK urban transportation in the second half of the next decade.”

The report findings revealed that 62 per cent of UK automotive executives view diesel technology as a thing of the past, expecting the traditional powertrain technology to eventually vanish from the manufacturers’ portfolio. Meanwhile, a staggering 93 per cent of UK automotive executives are planning to invest in the technology for battery electric vehicles over the next five years.

For the first time, battery electric vehicle technology has overtaken connectivity and digitalisation as the key trend in this year’s survey. The report revealed that 90 per cent of UK automotive executives expect battery electric vehicles to dominate the automotive marketplace by 2025.

“Improvements in the cost and range of battery technology, coupled with growing concern over the emission of both carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides from diesel engines, means that almost the whole automotive industry believes that the mass adoption of electric cars will happen during the next decade,” said Leech.

With consumers shifting to using cars but not owning them, it’s likely there will be fewer cars and therefore less money to be made from building vehicles in the future. This does not worry the majority of automotive executives: 85 per cent of the respondents said they are convinced that their company will generate higher revenues by providing new digital services, than selling cars alone.

“Carmakers plan to sell a myriad of new digital services to vehicle users. Today carmakers already make substantial profits from the sale of consumer finance and annual vehicle insurance but this will grow in the future as innovative services such as remote vehicle monitoring and the integration of the car as a focal point in people’s ever more connected lifestyles are demanded by consumers.

“For the auto industry this implies that pure product profitability is outdated. Carmakers’ success will not be evaluated solely on the quantity of vehicles sold, but on the customer value over the whole lifecycle – especially when the digital ecosystem will be ready for the market. So OEMs need to rethink. More than three out of four executives believe that one connected car can generate higher revenues over the entire lifecycle than 10 non-connected cars.” concluded Leech.

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Celsus UK Limited appoints Anthony Zammit as National Account Manager

Celsus has added to its ever-expanding, dynamic workforce with the recent appointment of Anthony Zammit as National Account Manager.

Anthony’s recruitment is part of the automotive accessories specialist’s continued growth plans for the business, facilitated by double-digit business growth during 2016 – Celsus’ most successful trading year in the company’s history.

In his new role, Anthony will be responsible for servicing accounts on a national level, continuing the face-to-face contact which Celsus believes is so vital in maintaining strong relationships with its network.

Anthony Zammit

These meetings will also afford Anthony the ideal opportunity to introduce retailers to new and exciting product propositions as well as discuss all potential business opportunities, aiding in the growth of the business. He will also play a part in expanding the company’s network of audio specialists and car accessory retailers, helping to make this year even more successful than 2016.

With extensive experience in the in-car entertainment aftermarket sector, Anthony began his career in 1998, and quickly progressed from working in a production department building ISO and RCA leads, to being appointed Telesales Executive, selling car audio accessories and hands-free products across a network of 800 accounts. Following a series of internal promotions, Anthony left his most recent position as Business Development Manager, having managed a large territory of customers and catering to their product requirements.

Commenting on the appointment, Managing Director, Paul Baker said: “Anthony brings a wealth of experience from the automotive accessories industry, and a highly professional dimension to external account management.

“He will work closely with our key audio partners to help deliver further success during 2017, and will be heavily involved with the new channel expansion that is already delivering a great deal of success for Celsus.”

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IAAF membership continues to grow

Thomas Auto Injection Centre Ltd has joined the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation’s (IAAF) ever-growing network of leading aftermarket businesses.

The wholesale distributor of genuine parts to the aftermarket will bring its specialist knowledge to the IAAF membership and will look to take advantage of the many networking opportunities and informative events that are held throughout the year.

Kevin O’Sullivan, Thomas Auto sales Director, said: “IAAF is an ideal conduit to the aftermarket and existing members are an excellent mix of both current customers and suppliers, and potential customers and suppliers. Being part of this membership supports who we are and what we represent as a company and we thoroughly look forward to being a proactive member.”

Thomas Auto supplies CV filtration products including headers, bowls and complete assemblies while using its diesel injection expertise and heritage in order to supply; fuel quality, fuel treatment and diesel injection repair products.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “We welcome Thomas Auto with open arms and are thrilled that specialist aftermarket businesses continue to join our diverse and valued membership.”

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The Parts Alliance South West up for national Award after business turnaround

The Parts Alliance’s South West region has been nominated for a prestigious national CAT magazine Award.

There will be a total of six CAT 2017 awards to celebrate leading achievements within the UK aftermarket. The Parts Alliance (South West) has been recognised in a shortlist of only four businesses in contention to be named ‘Factor Chain of the Year’.

This year’s annual celebration will mark the 10th awards, and Haymarket’s leading aftermarket title is promising ‘a few tricks to keep the event fresh’. It will be held on 10th February at Manchester’s renowned Lowry Hotel.

It’s recognition of a real turnaround in fortunes for a group of eight branches that were once part of the Unipart network. Having been brought back from the brink, major investment from The Parts Alliance has followed their acquisition; by 2016 the South West region had quickly flourished into one of the group’s leading regions.

In October their evening Garage and Workshop Show at the home of English Premiership side Exeter Chiefs drew over 500 visitors and fifty suppliers. Garage customers were invited by all of the eight Parts Alliance branches in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

Paul Dineen, South West Regional Business Director and Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated as ‘Factor Chain of the Year’ as it’s great recognition of the business the team’s been working to build up here.

“We’re very much hoping that customers and suppliers around the UK will take the time to vote for us as what we’ve achieved this year in the South West is very much the result of a national effort from the group, our suppliers and our customer base.”

You can vote for ‘The Parts Alliance (South West)’ now in seconds, simply by visiting http://tinyurl.com/h6o3or2.

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New IFA CV member appointed

The IMTFA has announced the appointment of a new commercial vehicle parts member, Acton Commercial Factors Ltd, based in Watford and Park Royal, London

Managing Director, Bob Bradford was welcomed to the group at the final meeting of 2016. ACF have been established for over 33 years and operate in and around the North London area, supplying repairers and fleets with Original Equipment and Aftermarket Alternative Parts.

Bob Bradford – MD, Acton Commercials Factors Ltd (Left) with Kevin Ravenscroft, Chairman, IFA Commercial Vehicle Division

Bob Said “Joining the IFA gives myself and ACF the chance to work with like-minded colleagues in our industry and provide a secure supply chain for the future. The local service excellence, supported with nationwide coverage is only going to bring an advantage to us as a business”

Kevin Ravenscroft, IFA CV Division Chairman, stated that they were really pleased to have Bob on board, and was sure ACF’s reputation, as a further member addition, was a very positive step forward for the group as a whole. The IFA are currently looking for additional members in line with long term objectives, and this the second addition in 12 months, was a key geographical addition to the IFA CV Group.

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Automechanika Birmingham releases show video

Automechanika Birmingham, the event for the automotive supply chain and aftermarket, is returning to the UK and has launched a new show video to coincide with the official opening of visitor registrations earlier this month.

The event offers key networking opportunities for all automotive industry professionals, hosting over 750 exhibitors at the NEC, from 6 to 8 June 2017.

The 2016 event at the NEC Birmingham

UK and international manufacturers will showcase the latest developments from: parts and components, electronic systems, repair and maintenance, accessories and customising, car wash care and reconditioning, management and digital solutions, raw materials as well as tyres and accessories.

A compelling event programme will offer three seminar theatres, SMMT networking events and live technical demonstrations.

The Aftermarket theatre, Technical Workshop theatre and Supply Chain seminar theatre will see inspiring talks from influential industry speakers.

For further information about Automechanika Birmingham and to register for free, CLICK HERE.

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Autoinform LIVE to travel to Edinburgh

Hot on the heels of the Autoinform LIVE 2016 training event in November, the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) has announced that a second event is soon to follow, this time catering to garage owners and technicians in Scotland.

Autoinform Scotland 2017 will take place on 18-19th of March at the GTG Academy in Edinburgh, following the same well-received format as its Wolverhampton counterpart which has doubled its attendance numbers year-on-year.

The event will feature live, hands-on diagnostics, as well as showcase the latest products, technology and equipment available in the aftermarket. Training sessions, seminars and on-vehicle demonstrations will help delegates to improve their businesses, learn new techniques and network with the best garages across the UK and Ireland.

Tickets for the full weekend event start at £195.00 (plus VAT), including a ticket to the gala dinner which takes place at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club on Saturday night. Single day tickets are also available, costing just £99 (plus VAT).

Commenting on Autoinform Scotland, OESAA Chairman, Nigel Morgan said: “Following the success of the Midlands event, we felt it was time to take the show to new locations and open it up to technicians who may have struggled to spare the time to travel so far from their homes and businesses.

“It’s our aim to make high quality training events more accessible to garage owners and technicians, wherever they may be in the UK.”

For further information or to book tickets, visit www.oe-suppliers.org.

2017 CV Show promises to be bigger, and better

The SMMT has now started to focus on the 2017 CV Show, the UK’s largest road transport, distribution and logistics industry event.

This year the show will take place from 25-27 April and visitors can now register for a free entry pass.

Demand from exhibitors has meant the show’s organisers have expanded the floor space by 10% and visitor numbers are expected to exceed the 21,000 that attended the 2016 show.

As usual, there will be a range of exhibitors reflecting the broad spectrum of the industry ranging from truck, van and trailer manufacturers through to forklift truck makers, insurers, tyre companies, telematics and training providers, fuels and lubricants suppliers and more.

For more information about exhibiting at the show, or to register, visit www.cvshow.com or the SMMT website.

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