Millions of drivers ignore vehicle recall notices

More than half of all recall notices have not been followed up on by vehicle owners, with just 47.7 per cent of cars returning back to the dealership for repair.

The findings were revealed in an Auto Express investigation.

One of the biggest issues that has affected vehicles since 2012 was caused by the Takata airbag scandal, which affected millions of models including those made by BMW, Honda and Toyota.

The Toyota Yaris, Corolla, Avensis, the BMW 3 series, the Honda Civic, Jazz Accord and CR-V were all diagnosed with airbag problems and recalled but not all have been fixed.

In the past five years, the DVSA has overseen 1,484 individual recall cases involving more than nine million vehicles.

Auto Express said: “The figures uncovered during this investigation are staggering, and highlight how much of a problem the industry has in getting drivers to have recalls done.

“The Takata airbag recall was a huge scandal at the time, and cars that aren’t repaired are a massive danger – not just for the owner of the vehicle, but also those other drivers who could be following a car that has a failure.”

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FPS supports Marathon des Sables fundraising

Described as ‘the toughest footrace on earth’, the Marathon Des Sables saw Caitlin Davis tackle 6 marathons across the Sahara Desert in just 6 days, 240km in all, including the notorious ‘double marathon’ on the 4th day. If that wasn’t challenging enough, Caitlin also needed to carry her food and kit, weighing approximately 7kg.

This was all in the name of charity, with Caitlin raising money for Bloodwise – a UK charity dedicated to funding valuable research into all blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Caitlin, who was a strong 800m runner in her youth, had never raced further than 10km before entering the race, but spent the best part of a year training and preparing for this challenge.

She commented, “I now understand how the race got its name. On Tuesday afternoon, during the third marathon, temperatures reached 56°C in the dunes and 46°C in the shade. After a night of sleep interrupted by sandstorms, the 86km fourth day was equally tough, the last 70km being running through soft sand, and I was pleased to finish in 16 ½ hours”.

Overall, Caitlin finished 313th out of around 1200 competitors. Of those, 235 were female and Caitlin was the 30th female home, coming 12th in her age group category (veteran females 39-49 years old) and 8th out of all the UK women runners.

Caitlin is a long-term fundraising partner of FPS, and has supported the company’s wellbeing initiative, Action Pact, by taking part in Leaderboard Triathlons in Blenheim and Eton Dorney.

As part of Action Pact, many FPS employees will be taking on personal challenges of their own, with the company sponsoring their entry. Furthermore, they’ll have the opportunity to compete in a team triathlon challenge and company-wide golf tournament later in the year.

If you would like to sponsor Caitlin for Bloodwise, then you can do so by CLICKING HERE.

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Last chance to sign petition before MoT consultation deadline

IAAF is supporting an official petition to urge government to rethink the proposed changes to current MOT legislation. The petition offers the trade another chance to have its voice heard and highlight its level of concern. This has now been registered and we are urging all members to sign up to this on the following link as soon as possible.

All members are encouraged to support the petition.  The government’s consultation period ends this Sunday, April 16th, so this is the last opportunity to sign up to the petition prior to then.

To sign the petition CLICK HERE.

To respond to the government’s online consultation, CLICK HERE.

The government is promoting the proposed MOT test extension in a positive light, claiming motorists could save up to £100m a year, but the IAAF is arguing that this could lead to an increase in road accidents and fatalities as there will be no formal inspection of a vehicle’s road worthiness for a further 12 months.

By extending the test frequency there will more non-roadworthy vehicles on the road for a further year with no official mileage or emissions recorded until after four years. The federation is working alongside other industry bodies to combat the proposed legislation and protect the safety of all road users and the future of the automotive aftermarket.

Official figures from 2015-2016 reveal that around 17% of cars fail their first MOT on their initial attempt, so extending a car’s first MOT to four years could result in an extra 411,958 unsafe cars on the roads and risk higher accident rates. The current three-year-for-first MOT system ensures vehicle defects are picked up and remedied quickly, to ensure the safety of all road users.

In 2016, technicians identified over 400,000 potentially fatal vehicle defects, including 24,628 suspension failures and 47,138 brake failures. In the same year, 92,938 fewer car accidents were recorded in the UK compared to the same 2005 statistics, a result that has been attributed to improved vehicle safety, a standard that is enforced by the current MOT system.

Furthermore, 85,720 failures on cars taking their first MOT are due to tyres. Tyresafe, in partnership with Highways England, found that millions of motorists only replace tyres when required in order to pass the MOT. If the MOT deadline is extended by an additional year, this could mean 28,573 extra unsafe tyres on UK roads.

Our thanks go to Euro Car Parts Ltd. for its support in pulling this initiative together.

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IAAF to hold second Industry Briefing in Milton Keynes

Following on from the success of the first IAAF Industry Briefing held at Sales–i in Solihull on Thursday 16th March, the IAAF has announced that the second event will be held on Thursday 25th May 2017 at VGroup International in Milton Keynes.

Mike Smallbone, membership development manager, will be looking at the impact 4-1-1 MoTs will have on the UK automotive aftermarket, as well as the future of parts distribution in the UK.

Quentin Le Hetet speaking at the first Industry Briefing

Guest speaker, Quentin Le Hetet (GIPA UK), will examine the impact of extending the MOT period to four years on the industry, while also looking at the future of parts distribution in the UK and the global consolidation taking place across the automotive aftermarket.

Smallbone said: “These sessions are an essential and useful way to engage with members and ensure they are up to date on the most recent issues affecting the aftermarket. We strongly encourage members to attend our other briefings as the year continues.”

The regional sessions begin at 10.00 am offering the chance to network over a coffee, before finishing at 1.00 pm with lunch.

Further meetings will be held and announced throughout the year. with the following meeting taking place at VGroup International in Milton Keynes on Thursday 25th May.

Places are limited and therefore IAAF is advising members to book early to avoid disappointment by emailing Ann Silvester at the IAAF.

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IFA joins ADI Main Board

The IFA are pleased to announce that they have now secured a position on the Main Board of Directors of Automotive Distribution International (ADI), one of the Big 4 International trading groups.

Steve Parker, the IFA General Manager, explained that this a great move for a number of reasons.

It secures our relationship with ADI, but it also puts us at the table when any future key decisions are made.

The past few years have seen ADI grow from strength to strength, increasing the membership all across Europe, as well as securing a major agreement with one of the biggest American groups to jointly form “1parts” in 2015.

ADI and 1parts now has a combined annual turnover in excess of $17 Billion.

It is essential for the future of anyone wishing to play a part in the future of the UK’s Aftermarket Supply Chain, to be in control of what’s happening. Especially when there is so much uncertainty around currently with trading with Europe.

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RHA reacts to congestion proposal

The Road Haulage Association has responded resolutely to the Mayor of London’s latest proposals for a cleaner London which will include pre Euro 6 trucks being fined £100.

‘Of course we all want a cleaner London,’ said RHA chief executive Richard Burnett. ‘But don’t let the Mayor’s quest for clean air turn the nation’s capital into a ghost town.’

He continued, ‘The thousands of restaurants, shops and tourist attractions that make London one of the world’s major tourist centres are massively reliant on an efficient delivery network. That must not be jeopardised.’

‘Euro-6 engine technology is, in effect, a clean air plant – the air that emerges from the exhaust is actually cleaner than the air that goes in. The majority of hauliers entering the Capital on a regular basis are already using trucks that meet the Euro 6 standard – but many are not. They will be facing an additional £24K per year in fines. Many will be forced out of business while others will have no alternative but to pass the additional cost on to their customers. The knock on effect will be an increase in prices for consumers, including the millions of tourists that come to London each year.’

The Road Haulage Association is pushing hard for the early implementation of a scrappage scheme as an incentive to those hauliers using pre-Euro 6 trucks to buy the cleaner vehicles.

Richard stated, ‘The road freight industry is responsible for the movement of 85% of everything consumed in the UK – yet once again we are the ones getting penalised for doing a crucial job; keeping the economy – especially the economy of London – moving.’

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Public given driverless taster

Around 100 members of the public will get a taste of a driverless future with the first extended trial of driverless shuttle bus in Greenwich, London.

The autonomous vehicle, which travels up to 10mph (16.1kmph), will have a trained person onboard who can stop the shuttle if required.

Oxbotica, the firm that developed the shuttle, said 5,000 members of the public had applied to take part in the study.

‘Very few people have experienced an autonomous vehicle, so this about letting people see one in person,’ chief executive Graeme Smith told the BBC. ‘We hope to gain acceptance from members of the public for vehicles sharing this kind of space with them.

‘We are also looking at how people in the vehicle respond when being transported from A to B.’

During the trial, five cameras and three lasers will help it navigate a two-mile riverside path near London’s O2 Arena, an area also used by pedestrians and cyclists.

Philippa Oldham, head of manufacturing and transport at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said, ‘The benefits of driverless vehicle technology are huge as it could lead to fewer accidents. Statistics tell us that 95% of vehicle accidents are the result of human error so it makes sense to look at how we can use this new technology to help save lives.

‘If we truly want the UK to become a world leader of driverless vehicle technology we need to get communities on-side and championing projects like this is a step in the right direction.

‘We hope that this Greenwich project is the start of many more driverless trials around the UK and encourage the public to get involved.’

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Financial Times’ FT1000: Comline placed among Europe’s elite

Comline Auto Parts (Comline), the British distributor of European, Japanese and Korean replacement parts, has been officially ranked in The Financial Times’ FT1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2017.

The esteemed daily newspaper has launched the FT1000 in conjunction with Statista, a leading statistics company, and have published its findings in a special report in today’s (Friday 7th April, 2017) Financial Times issue.

The aim of the listing is to celebrate innovative and fast-growing companies that are the ‘driving force of the European economy’ and ‘generate jobs and sustain Europe’s competitiveness’.

Comline has been hailed a ‘growth champion’ following a prolonged period of business growth and takes its place in the inaugural FT1000 ranking, despite stiff competition from the millions of European enterprises included in this research.

The FT1000 listing is the latest in a series of recent awards and accolades earned by Comline, including the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2016, A1 Motor Stores Component Supplier of the Year 2016, Bedfordshire Business Awards’ Large Business of the Year 2016.
This ongoing sequence of awards and recognition in the FT1000 listing demonstrates the market acceptance of Comline’s ethos, namely delivering high-quality replacement parts that offer genuine value-for-money.

According to Comline Marketing Manager, Leigh Davies, the company’s ever-expanding range is “consistently finding favour with motor factors and garages across the continent”.

He added: “The tagline ‘One of the fastest growing automotive brands in Europe’ is one that we’ve been using with Comline for a little while and, like any marketing slogan, it would be easy for people to dismiss this as exaggeration.

“However, recent awards and the FT1000 listing, in particular, serve to add real substance to this slogan. Simply put, the FT1000 proves in no uncertain terms that Comline is one of the fastest growing automotive brands in Europe.”

Recognition by The Financial Times, the UK’s most revered business publication, coupled with substantial and ongoing growth demonstrates that Comline currently resides among Europe’s elite.

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