Roadlink becomes approved supplier to GROUPAUTO/UAN

The achievement comes at the end of a very significant year for the braking and suspension parts supplier, as it has committed its future to UK remanufacturing by expanding its services with investment in a new brake caliper production facility.

GROUPAUTO and UAN distributors will experience the benefit of Roadlink’s distribution and remanufacturing processes, all of which are audited and approved to ISO9001 & ISO14001 internationally-recognised standards.

This continuous investment in systems and processes, combined with its Investor In People status, demonstrates the quality of Roadlink’s extensive range from production through to sales.

In addition to its expertise in CV braking and caliper remanufacturing, the company is the distributor for AL-KO, the European leader in original equipment (OE) trailer shock absorbers.

Roadlink’s full range of AL-KO shock absorbers provides a number of benefits including: ‘Virtually unbreakable’ construction; a special sealing system to minimise the chance of oil leaks, thereby significantly extending service life and a weight-saving and durable plastic outer cover.

Keith Sedgley, Roadlink joint managing director, said: “Our brand new remanufacturing facility demonstrates our ability to meet increased demand from customers and offers an unrivalled “confidence in supply” to GROUPAUTO and UAN distributors.

“We will work closely with distributors to ensure they are fully aware of the range and technical support available to them, along with the advantage of using our increasingly popular online catalogue, an indispensable tool for CV parts distributors and their staff.”

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of braking products for commercial vehicles and buses, Roadlink currently offers a complete range of new and
remanufactured braking solutions, including calipers and brake shoes, as well as supplying a wide range of pads, discs and drums.

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Guidance on speed limits for car-derived vans and dual purpose vehicles

Car-derived vans are the only goods vehicles which are subject to the same speed limits as a car.

Car-derived vans
Car-derived vans are designed to weigh no more than 2 tonnes when loaded and are based on car designs (eg Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa), or the vehicle is built from a platform which has been designed to be built as a car or a van.

As a general rule, from the outside, these vehicles will look like the size of a car, but on the inside the vehicle will look like and function as a van, because there will be:

-no rear seats, rear seat belts or mountings
-a payload area with floor panel in the rear of the vehicle
-no side windows in the rear of the vehicle or if present, side windows will be opaque and fixed (with no means of opening or closing)

If you want to find out more information about the design of your vehicle and whether your van is car-derived, you can check your log book and the description in the field ‘body type’. This will tell you how the vehicle has been classified by the manufacturer.

If you believe your new vehicle is a car-derived van, but has not been registered as one, you should contact your dealer. If you have bought a second-hand vehicle you believe is car-derived, but has not been registered as one, you should contact the manufacturer.

Dual purpose vehicles
A dual purpose vehicle is a vehicle constructed or adapted for the carriage both of passengers and of goods and designed to weigh no more than 2,040 kg when unladen, and is either:

constructed or adapted so that the driving power of the engine is, or can be selected to be, transmitted to all wheels of the vehicle

permanently fitted with a rigid roof, at least one row of transverse passenger seats to the rear of the driver’s seat and will have side and rear windows – there must also be a minimum ratio between the size of passenger and stowage areas.

See The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (Part 1 Regulation 3) for the full definition.

SMMT expects new car market to dip in 2017 and 2018

The new car market is set to close the year 1.7% ahead of 2015 with 2.678 million units registered, according to the latest quarterly forecast from the SMMT.

Last year saw a new record of 2.634m new cars registered, the first time the new car market had surpassed the 2.6 million registrations mark.

The trade body also said it expects registrations to then fall for the next two years with volumes down -5% in 2017 to 2.544m and down 1.3% in 2018 to 2.510 million.

However, the SMMT is forecasting growth for LCV registrations in 2016 up 1.6% to 377,800; before dropping by 5.9% in 2017 to 355,500 units; followed by a 0.3% rise in 2018 to 356,500 units.

The quarterly SMMT forecasts are based on research it receives from market analysts and the next one will be published in January 2017.

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Employment Law Update – Tribunal News & Workers on Boards

Employment Tribunals to Be Online

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has announced that it intends to introduce an online database of employment tribunal decisions in Autumn 2016.

Employment tribunal judgements and written reasons are entered in a publicly available register. However, the register for England and Wales can currently only be searched and accessed by personally attending the employment tribunal judgement register office at Bury St Edmunds.

The new database will only include new employment tribunal judgements with a decision to be taken at a later date in relation to judgements made prior to the introduction of the online service.

The introduction of an online search facility means employment tribunal judgments will, in practice, be readily available to a wide audience which will include not only the parties and their representatives, but also the media, other businesses, employees and job applicants.

Government Backtracks re Workers on Boards

Mrs May said at the CBI Conference that the forthcoming Green Paper will be a “genuine consultation” with businesses on “what works” for employee representation.

The Prime Minister has ruled out forcing companies to appoint workers to boards or create continental-style dual boards, despite her earlier complaint that too many directors are drawn from the same narrow social and professional circles.

Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Annual Conference, Theresa May said that the Government would publish a Green Paper within weeks that will set out reforms to shareholder accountability, executive pay and employee representation.

She told business leaders: “I can categorically tell you that this is not about mandating works councils, or the direct appointment of workers or trade union representatives on boards.

“This is not about creating German-style binary boards which separate the running of the company from the inputs of shareholders, employees, customers or suppliers. Our unitary board system has served us well and will continue to do so.”

The update will please many businesses, who have privately lobbied against direct employee representation, citing fears over confidentiality and diluting boards’ primary responsibility to act in the interests of shareholders.

For advocates of the idea, Mrs May’s comments will represent a U-turn. As she campaigned for the Conservative leadership in July she pledged that “we’re going to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well”.

Mrs May said at the CBI Conference that the forthcoming Green Paper will be a “genuine consultation” with businesses on “what works” for employee representation.

She signalled a less radical approach but insisted reforms would ensure employees’ voices are heard in the boardroom.

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New Style accounts rejected

Companies House (CH) has said that it rejected the accounts of more than 5,000 companies in August 2016. What’s the reason and what steps can you take to avoid similar trouble?

Accounting standards. New accounting regulations came into force in January 2016 and the largest accounting body in the UK says it’s received a record number of enquiries about submitting the new style accounts to Companies House (CH). Concerns have been raised that the new rules are to blame for the high level of accounts rejected by CH.

Statistics. CH did make a statement saying that “There has not been any significant increase in reject rates” which can be linked to the changes in accounting regulations. In fact, it says that the latest rejection rates are within the normal range. This scotches the idea that the new rules, which your accountant follows when preparing your company’s financial accounts, are behind the trouble.

Simple causes. According to CH, the reason for the majority of rejections are mundane and easily rectified as long as someone spots the problem before the accounts are submitted. When your accountant sends the accounts to you for approval, the mistakes to watch for are – starting with the most common errors – that the:

• “made up date” is duplicated or missing, e.g. the accounting period end date shown is the same date as for the previous accounts
• balance sheet signature is missing – the accounts must be signed by an authorised person, e.g. a director
• company name is invalid – the name shown on the accounts must tie up exactly with that shown in the Companies House register
• company number has been mismatched – the company name shown doesn’t tie up with the company number meaning that either one or both are incorrect.

Tip. The errors above cause roughly 85% of accounts rejections by CH. Keep the list handy when reviewing your company’s accounts. This should greatly reduce the risk.

The majority of rejections are caused by simple errors such as incorrect dates and missing signatures. Keep these in mind when reviewing your financial accounts to substantially reduce the risk of rejection.

People News

The IMI has recruited the DVSA’s MOT specialist, David Easton, to help more testers and managers benefit from their comprehensive training and assessment offer.

Since April 2016, MOT testers and managers have been required to take an annual assessment and 3 hours annual training to remain compliant, while new testers and managers must complete a new qualification.

The IMI has signed agreements to roll out training and assessment to the MOT network with major franchised dealers and larger independent service business that employ some 20,000 MOT testers and managers already.

David Easton has managed DVSA’s MOT training operations for 20 years whilst ensuring technicians are delivering quality vehicle assessments.

Commenting on the recent changes, David said: “I think this is a really exciting time for the MOT industry.
“For the first time since the MOT Scheme began back in the 1960’s, MOT testers and managers now have their own set of national occupational standards and proper regulated qualifications.

Steve Scofield, Head of Business Development at the IMI, said: “Having David join our team demonstrates the IMI’s ongoing commitment to providing the very best training to individuals working in the sector.

“Over the coming months the addition of David’s knowledge and expertise to our team will ensure that all of our centres get the support they need to deliver the very best MOT training to our customers and partners.”

NGK-sponsored driver retains Superkart title

NGK-sponsored garage owner Lee Harpham has retained his British Formula 125 Open Superkart title – the third time he has won the coveted trophy.

The 2016 championship went down to the last lap of the last race of the season at Oulton Park with the 34-year-old taking the title after beating Liam Morley by just 0.090 seconds.


Lee, who runs John Smith Auto Repairs in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, with his father Rod, said: “It was a fantastic end to the season, with the championship going right down to the wire. It’s great to retain my title and win it for the third time.”

Lee is sponsored by ignition-specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, the supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs, and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors, and is a member of NGK’s BoxClever independent garage loyalty scheme.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager Mark Hallam said: “We are delighted to have helped Lee in retaining the championship and adding another landmark in our support of the many individuals and teams that have won titles in the two and four-wheel motorsport competitions.”

Lee is full of praise for NGK’s products and for the sponsorship help he has received from NGK’s local Sales Representative Paul Wheatley.

He said: “NGK’s products are brilliant. I never have any problems with them. Paul has been great too, supplying me with racing plugs and promotional gear. He regularly drops in to see me at the garage to make sure everything is going OK.”

Lee, who lives in Grimsby, has been karting since he was aged seven, having been introduced to the sport by his father, who was a well-known club racer.

He said: “I’ve gone up through the ranks and have competed at European level in the 250 series. I really enjoy the 125 championship and our success shows that you can compete at a top level on a budget. Although the karts only produce around 46bhp they can reach 121-122mph and the cornering speeds are amazing.”