Who’s best in the automotive aftermarket – submit your nominations now

Recognising the best in the industry!

Since their inception, the IAAF Awards have been seen as acknowledging the best in the automotive aftermarket across a number of categories.

2018 sees the introduction of a new award for companies in the Service Member category. This category covers companies offering services such as insurance, lifestyle protection, trade journals, legal assistance, HR services, and software systems, amongst others.

This year, the presentations will be taking place during the IAAF Awards Dinner on 6th December 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Stadium MK in Milton Keynes. The IAAF Awards Dinner is the premier event for the aftermarket industry, providing great networking opportunities for guests.

IAAF Awards 2018

Categories and Sponsors

Distributor of the Year
sponsored by Denso Aftermarket
CV Distributor of the Year
sponsored by Eminox
Supplier of the Year
sponsored by Elcome
CV Supplier of the Year
sponsored by Boswell Aftermarket
And, new for 2018, Service Supplier of the Year

How to submit your nomination

  • Print out, complete and return the nomination form to the IAAF office, either in the post or scan and email it (see below for address). Companies may nominate themselves.
  • The period for nominations will end on 28th September 2018 and then the voting process will go live on the IAAF website from 2nd October, closing on 31st October.
  • The winners in each category will be announced at the IAAF Awards Dinner on 6th December.

For a full list of the IAAF service suppliers, please go to the IAAF Website.

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IAAF promotes Mike Smallbone

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is delighted to announce that Mike Smallbone has been promoted to the position of Head of Membership Development.

Mike joined the Federation in September 2015 and has been instrumental in IAAF membership recruitment, along with successfully raising the profile of IAAF’s activities at trade events and also spearheading the Your Car Your Choice campaign.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in the automotive industry, having enjoyed roles with Halfords, Cafco Automotive, Allparts Automotive and Parts Alliance where he worked as business development manager heading up the group’s garage programmes.

In his new role as Head of Membership Development, Mike will be tasked with working closer with existing IAAF members and ensuring they benefit fully from the wide range of benefits available from the Federation.

He will also be responsible for creating new initiatives, products and services that support members’ business and increase the awareness of IAAF’s wide-ranging activities.

IAAF chief executive, Wendy Williamson, said: “Mike has been extremely effective since joining IAAF and has successfully taken our message out to new and existing members. His promotion is richly deserved and he will continue to champion the efforts of the Federation and its members in the months and years to come.”

Mike Smallbone added: “I’ve been delighted to get heavily involved in all IAAF activities and take a very strong message out to the automotive industry. The IAAF is a trade association that provides real support for its membership and aggressively champions the rights of the independent automotive aftermarket. I look forward to playing a key role in its future membership development.”

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Eddie Stobart arrest highlights importance of fleet policies and procedures

The recent arrest of an Eddie Stobart driver on a potential charge of murder brings into focus the practices and procedures within organisations operating vehicle fleets.

While this specific incident appears to be beyond a road traffic accident, exposure from a regulatory perspective, the real risk of imprisonment for drivers involved in a fatal road traffic collision, as well as others within organisations are issues no company will wish to have to deal with, but must prepare for.

It is obviously important that fleets should check the preparedness of their organisation to protect a driver’s interests, as well as the interests of the organisation itself in the event of a catastrophic incident.

The police investigation starts in the immediate aftermath of a collision, and there will be an investigation as to whether the serious offence of either death by dangerous or death by careless driving has been committed.

The police investigation of a driver will involve asking the driver about the culture within the organisation in relation to driver training as well as details about the organisation’s driving policies.

The involvement of a driver in a fatal road traffic collision immediately puts organisations under the spotlight in relation to possible health and safety offences, as well as corporate manslaughter.

In the past, employers have too often regarded driving as an individual driver’s risk rather than a corporate risk, overlooking the duty of care they owe to employees and other road users.

Following the implementation of new sentencing guidelines for health and safety and corporate manslaughter offences, employers who fail to manage driving risks effectively, now face financial penalties of potentially millions of pounds. Individuals convicted also face an increased likelihood of custody.

Even in cases which do not involve a death or serious injury, the changes to the sentencing regime for offences of driving without due care and attention (careless driving) will have a significant impact on HGV drivers.

Under the new sentencing regime, the driver will be sentenced based on culpability and harm, and a specific factor indicating higher culpability is that the driver was driving a heavy goods vehicle, or carrying passengers for reward. Therefore in cases involving a HGV driver, the starting point for the Court will be the consideration of disqualification and thus potential loss of livelihood for a professional driver.

Culpability is why organisations cannot simply look at a fatal road traffic collision involving one of their workers as a matter which impacts that driver alone.

Aside from the important area of employee relations and a need to protect the individual worker’s interests who is at risk of receiving a custodial sentence ‘for carrying out their job’, organisations and members within that organisation are also at risk of criminal and regulatory offences arising from one of their workers being involved in a fatal road traffic collision.

All of this should lead organisations to think seriously about ensuring procedures are in place to offer a driver immediate representation throughout the police investigation and potential criminal proceedings which are likely to result in a lengthy prison sentence.

To protect a driver’s interests, as well as the interests of an organisation, fleets must provide legal representation to every driver involved in a fatal road traffic collision from the time of the collision.

All directors should take an increased interest in ensuring that Health and Safety is well managed.

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Bosch introduces keyless truck entry app

Bosch has announced the launch of a new app, Perfectly Keyless, which claims to provide fleets with the ‘world’s first’ keyless entry system for trucks.

The app will launch on September 12 at Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event, in hopes to replace the analogue vehicle key with a digital version that is “impossible to lose or steal”.

Bosch Automotive’s president of the electronics division Harald Kröger said: “Our Perfectly Keyless app makes conventional vehicle keys a thing of the past, taking it into the digital realm and making it available anywhere, anytime.”

Perfectly Keyless offers owners of private vehicles increased convenience, but where it really shines is in vehicle fleets with multiple drivers. Fleet managers will no longer have to coordinate complex key handovers or manual adjustments of settings.

They can simply use the app to give drivers access to the vehicles. In an industry where every minute counts, the potential time and money savings are significant.

Kröger said: “Thanks to Bosch’s fully digital key management, logistics providers enjoy both security and flexibility in their planning. This is the only way the logistics of the future will be able to function efficiently.”

Bosch’s new system provides an app that dispatchers and truck drivers both have on their phones, making it possible to grant vehicle access with just a few clicks.

In the future, logistics providers will be able to completely integrate digital key management into their dispatch and scheduling systems, the system automatically generates digital keys for the vehicles.

In the future, the smartphone key will work even if the phone battery is dead using near-field communication (NFC), a wireless protocol for sharing data over short distances.

If the smartphone carrying the app is lost or stolen, the digital key can be deactivated online, blocking access to the vehicle.

The technology will also be showcased globally at the IAA Commercial Vehicles event in Hannover from September 19.

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Liqui Moly becomes latest IAAF member to sign up

Amidst a growing influx of new membership enrolments, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) are pleased to announce Liqui Moly, the globally renowned manufacturer of oils and additives, as their latest member.

Liqui Moly will benefit from all the exclusive ‘member only’ services offered as part of the membership including merchandise and promotional workwear, and lifestyle protection plans, as well as networking opportunities and supporting IAAF’s lobbying activities. Most recently, the proposed changes to the MOT test frequency which were scrapped followed months and months of intensive lobbying by IAAF.

As a worldwide brand, Liqui Moly manufacture premium quality lubricants, motor oils, additives, vehicle care products, chemical repair tools, service products, glues and sealants. With a portfolio of more than 4,000 products, it offers a complete concept to the market and employs 800 people.

Ibrahim Memis of Liqui Moly said: “We are delighted to join the IAAF as this gives us an ideal opportunity to network with other members. It is also invaluable for us to be part of this membership as it has the best interests of the automotive market in mind, which aligns with our own fundamental values.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Liqui Moly to our network. As such a well-known global brand, it will be invaluable sharing their input with other members and also seeing how they can further develop their own standing within the UK independent aftermarket.”

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IAAF further swells its membership with TGL

Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced clutch and transmissions specialist TGL as the latest member to join its ranks.

TGL, the global distributor and manufacturer of clutch kits and transmission components continues to grow and is now in its 35th year. With global sales of over £45m, the business continues to move into new markets and build its customer base. As part of the Tibbetts Group, TGL provides components for both car and commercial vehicles. Following a move in 2017, the company is now located at its 8000 sq.m warehouse facilities in Banbury, employing over 100 people.

TGL will get to benefit from an array of IAAF services as a member, including a free legal helpline, a range of lifestyle protection plans and IT & telecoms solutions. It will also be given access to an array of network events, with the opportunity to have its say on industry-related issues and generate new business partnerships.

Darren Downes, Sales Director at TGL, said: “Joining the IAAF is a natural progression for us. It enables us to meet like-minded businesses and collectively work towards supporting our industry. We also hope we will be able to actively contribute to the IAAF and strengthen our ties with industry colleagues.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “Our membership numbers have been increasing month on month, and now having TGL on board is just another prime example of a big aftermarket name getting behind our important activity.”

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Automechanika Birmingham gathers momentum for 2019 show

Automechanika Birmingham is set to return to the NEC from 4 to 6 June 2019 and has gathered great momentum, already confirming leading suppliers to exhibit next year including:

There will be more than 550+ exhibitors in 4 halls; for the aftermarket, vehicle production and the successful Garage Quarter.

Nigel Morgan, Managing Director – Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket, said:

“The automotive industry deserves its own event and Schaeffler is proud to partner with Automechanika Birmingham 2019. Having successfully established itself as the industry’s exhibition, the event has positively changed the way we as a trade think about and approach exhibitions. We fully support the event’s decision to move to a biennial frequency and encourage others to get behind the event in 2019.”

Plan ahead – Automechanika Birmingham will be biennial after 2019, returning in 2021 and alternating with Automechanika Frankfurt. Next year’s event is your last chance to see the entire UK automotive industry in one place until June 2021.

To find out more about exhibiting email or call + 44 (0)1483 483984.

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Annual leave request was refused but employee takes time off anyway

Advice from Lawgistics

Employees must obtain your prior express permission to take annual leave

If an employee has submitted a holiday request and you are unable to allow the request for legitimate purposes such as another member of staff has already booked annual leave for the week which would mean a shortage of staff, you are able to refuse the request. However you should do so formally by writing to the employee with the refusal decision and state the reasons for the refusal of the request. This clarified the legitimate business grounds for the refusal.

The letter should also highlight to the employee, should they go ahead with the annual leave which has been refused, you will A) not pay them during the absence and b) the absence will be deemed as unauthorised which is considered to be a serious disciplinary offence.

If the employee does proceed to take the time off which was refused, you will need to handle the matter as a normal misconduct issued under your disciplinary procedure. The disciplinary should be held upon the return of the employee.

To also be pro-active, you can highlight the refusal of annual leave requests in any policies which refer to annual leave and stipulate the position if the employee continues to take the refused time off. All employees should ensure the time off for annual leave is authorised before arranging/booking any commitments.

The legal helpline provided by Lawgistics is one of the benefits of membership for IAAF members. See the IAAF website for further details.

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HMRC announces new advisory fuel rates from September

HMRC has released its latest advisory fuel rates (AFRs), to come into force from September 1.

There are four changes; the rate for diesel cars, with an engine size from 1,601cc to 2,000cc, increases by 1p per mile (ppm) from 11-12ppm. All other diesel rates remain unchanged.

The rate for petrol cars with an engine size of 1,400cc or less increases by 1ppm, from 11-12ppm, as does the rate for petrol cars with an engine size from 1,401cc to 2,000cc, which increases from 14-15ppm. The remaining petrol rate for cars, with an engine of more than 2,000cc, remains unchanged.

There is also a 1ppm decrease for LPG vehicles above 2,000cc, from 14-13ppm. All other LPG rates remain unchanged.

HMRC also publishes for the first time the advisory electricity rate (AER) for plug-in cars which will be 4ppm.

All other rates are unchanged.

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Dealerships failing to fix dangerous faults as 40% of motorists leave with MOT failures

Garage Wire has recently highlighted a report showing that more than 40 per cent of UK motorists left car dealership workshops without having MOT-failing ‘red work’ maintenance completed during June 2018.

The data, released by AutoVHC, shows that while the number of cars visiting dealerships remained consistent when compared to the previous year, the amount of ‘red work’ flagged on average by dealerships increased by 30 per cent.

Less than half of vehicles flagged as needing urgent required work during services were repaired in June 2018.

AutoVHC’s business unit director, Chris Saunders, said: “It’s obviously incredibly worrying to see the amount of dangerous vehicles that are currently on Britain’s roads.

“As a motorist vehicle health should always be a top priority, particularly if an eVHC flags a fault in the ‘red work’ category.”

Less urgent but still important ‘amber work’ had an even poorer rate of repair, with just 15 per cent of vehicles leaving a garage with their problems rectified.

Although these issues may not result in an MOT fail, they still require attention, and can become dangerous in extreme conditions.

Chris added: “Vehicles can be incredibly sensitive, and something as trivial as a pothole can result in a major fault on a car, it’s therefore important that motorists ensure their vehicle has regular services and health checks in addition to MOTs.”

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