Manufacturers urged to combat threat to connected cars from hackers

Connected cars will have to be better protected from hackers, under new Government guidelines issued by the Department for Transport (DfT).

It is feared would-be hackers could target them to access personal data, steal cars that use keyless entry, or even take control of technology for malicious reasons.

Now new Government guidance aims to ensure engineers developing smart vehicles will have to toughen up cyber protections and help design out hacking.

The Government is also looking at a broader programme of work announced in this year’s Queen’s speech under the Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Bill that aims to create a new framework for self-driving vehicle insurance.

The legislation will put Britain at the centre of the new technological developments in smart and autonomous vehicles – while ensuring safety and consumer protection remain at the heart of the emerging industry, says the DfT.

Transport minister Lord Callanan said: “Our cars are becoming smarter and self-driving technology will revolutionise the way in which we travel.

“Risks of people hacking into the technology might be low, but we must make sure the public is protected. Whether we’re turning vehicles into wifi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code to become fully automated, it is important that they are protected against cyber-attacks.

“That’s why it’s essential all parties involved in the manufacturing and supply chain are provided with a consistent set of guidelines that support this global industry.

“Our key principles give advice on what organisations should do, from the board level down, as well as technical design and development considerations.”

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said: “We’re pleased that government is taking action now to ensure a seamless transition to fully connected and autonomous cars in the future and, given this shift will take place globally, that it is championing cyber security and shared best practice at an international level. These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives.

“A consistent set of guidelines is an important step towards ensuring the UK can be among the first – and safest – of international markets to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology.”

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IAAF Announcement – Andy Savva to step down as vice-president

The IAAF has issued the following statement from CEO Wendy Williamson.

“It is with much regret that I have to announce that Andy Savva has stepped down as vice-president of the IAAF.

Andy Savva

“Following the sale of his garage business last year, Andy has started a new career as an automotive consultant and has since been inundated with work and new business opportunities.

“This has resulted in Andy feeling that he could not dedicate the time needed towards his forthcoming role as President of the IAAF, to be undertaken from 2018 onwards.

“While I am naturally disappointed, I’m also delighted that his new career has taken off so quickly and wish him all the very best for the future. We will look to appoint a successor over the coming weeks and notify members accordingly.”

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IAAF welcomes Johnson Controls Batteries

Global battery supplier, Johnson Controls Batteries, has joined the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).

As a leading multi-industrial supplier of private label and branded lead-acid batteries for cars, light trucks, commercial and utility vehicles to aftermarket battery retailers, Johnson Controls provides a global portfolio of batteries offering world-class performance to customers in more than 150 countries.

Jeremy Tollman, Johnson Controls business development manager, said: “We are very pleased to have joined IAAF and recognise the important role that the association plays in supporting the key elements of the UK automotive aftermarket. We are now very much looking forward to working together with IAAF and utilising the benefits available such as taking advantage of networking possibilities with fellow members and organisations.”

Regular, weekly e-bulletins from IAAF will provide the battery supplier with the latest aftermarket news and updates, while Johnson Controls will now also be eligible to attend IAAF’s many industry briefings throughout the year, as well as its annual conference set to take place on Thursday 7 December 2017 at DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Johnson Controls to our ever-growing membership. We are continuing to see leading aftermarket businesses come on board and support the critical work we carry out for the sector. As our annual conference draws ever closer, we will share our latest activity with members to ensure they remain updated on industry threats and the future of their businesses is protected.”

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Laurel Clark to leave The Parts Alliance

The Parts Alliance has announced that Laurel Clark, Procurement Director, will be leaving us on 18 August.

Laurel has been with The Parts Alliance for 10 years and giving fantastic service and commitment, whilst achieving many great things. Her leaving is a result of a family move to Montreal, her husband having secured up a senior role with a large Canadian company, which co-incided with the announcement of The Parts Alliance’s sale to Uni-Select, also based in Montreal, Canada.

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The Parts Alliance would like to thank Laurel for all she has done and wishes her and her family all the best for their exciting move to Canada.



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All-electric truck begins European production

The world’s first all-electric light delivery truck has gone into production in Portugal.

The FUSO eCanter, built by the Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), went into series production at the company’s plant in Tramagal last week.

It will be built alongside conventional diesel powered FUSO Canter truck and diesel hybrid models, which have been in production since 2006. The plant, located 150km north of Lisbon, will supply all eCanter models for Europe and the USA. A separate production line opened in Japan last month to supply Asian markets.

The Portuguese government has supported the development of the eCanter since plans to produce it in Europe were announced in 2010.

Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of its parent company, Daimler Trucks Asia, said, “With the eCanter, we become the first global manufacturer to produce an all-electric truck in series. From now on we can address the growing demand for locally emission-free delivery trucks in Mega-Cities.”

“We have already received the first customer orders and will mark the global launch of this truck in one of the most iconic Mega-Cities, New York, this September. Our Portuguese plant does not only produce the trucks for Europe and the US, we also benefit from a close cooperation with the authorities in Portugal and Lisbon testing the trucks there since 2014.”

The eCanter has a range of 100 kilometres and a load capacity of two to three tons – depending on body and usage. The vehicle’s electric powertrain contains six high voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420V and 13.8kWh each.

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Employers should prepare for potential upsurge in tribunal claims

Following on from the recent report regarding the scrapping of fees for Employment Tribunals, our colleagues at Xecutive Search have highlighted the some information which may be of interest to employers.

The fees for those bringing claims have been ruled unlawful after the Supreme Court upheld a challenge by trade union Unison that the charges were discriminatory. The government has said it would take immediate steps to stop charging and to refund payments.

The Supreme Court said it based its conclusion on the fact that fees were “inconsistent with access to justice” and had resulted in a substantive decline in the number of claims being brought. It ruled the fees order breached both EU and UK law.

The government introduced fees of up to £1,200 in 2013, which it said would cut the number of malicious and weak cases. Charges started at £160 for issuing a claim for lost wages or breach of contract and increased if the case was heard in a tribunal. More substantive claims, including unfair dismissal, carried a fee of £250 plus a hearing fee of £950. This meant total charges came to £1,200, with appeals against decisions costing a further combined sum of £1,600.
Government data showed 79% fewer cases were brought over three years – but Unison said the fees prevented workers accessing justice.

Lord Reed, handing down the court’s ruling, said the justices concluded the fees: “have resulted in such a substantial and sustained fall in the number of claims being brought that it points to the conclusion that a significant number of people have found the fees unaffordable.”

David Isaac, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “The right to justice must be based on the merit of your case, not your ability to pay. Thousands may have been denied of this right and priced out of getting justice. The judgment of the Supreme Court is a damning verdict on the current regime.”

The Supreme Court also found fees were indirectly discriminatory to women, and Mr Isaac commented: “Women face a double penalty with high fees and short timescales to bring maternity discrimination cases.”

However, business leaders have voiced their concern about the ruling. Seamus Nevin, head of employment and skills policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD), which represents 30,000 small and medium sized businesses across the UK, said the judgement “opens the door to a spike in malicious or vexatious claims . . . Businesses across the country will be extremely alarmed by [the] judgment. Before fees, individuals faced no risk or barriers in bringing claims that were not merited. Even the weakest or most vexatious cases meant sizeable legal expense and wasted valuable management time for companies.”

The IoD is particularly worried that new gender pay reporting requirements and the ‘immigration skills charge’ could lead to a surge in claims from women and workers from outside the European Union. Mr Nevin said: “Since fees were introduced, the government has imposed crude and potentially misleading gender pay reporting requirements, and an immigration skills charge that incentivises recruitment based on place of birth. Both of these could lead to an increase in unjustified claims.”

Mike Spicer, director of research at the British Chambers of Commerce, said the ruling would leave: “employers concerned about a return to the past, when despite winning the majority of cases, companies would often settle to avoid a costly and protracted process even when their case was strong.”

Employment tribunals have now stopped charging fees and the Ministry of Justice will commence refunding around £32m in fees which have been paid by claimants since their introduction in 2013.

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Vehicle Safety Recalls – July 2017

These are the vehicles, parts or accessories recalled by manufacturers for a safety reason during July 2017.

You can check for vehicle, part or accessory recalls or find out more about vehicle recalls and faults by CLICKING HERE.

DVSA ref no Make & model Issue
R/2017/151 Porsche: Panamera 4S Diesel Particle filter bracket may detach
R/2017/173 Nissan: Leaf Headlamp auto aim function may not operate
R/2017/174 Chrysler UK Ltd: Chrysler Aspen, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Dakota, Dodge Durango, Dodge Magnum, Dodge RAM, Dodge Sprinter & Jeep Wrangler Front passenger airbag may rupture during a deployment event
R/2017/178 Mercedes-Benz: Actros Front axle housing may break
R/2017/186 Hyundai: iLoad (with Euro 6 diesel engine) Fuel pipe connecting the fuel filter to the high pressure pump may leak
R/2017/191 TESLA: Model X Passenger airbag will not deploy
R/2017/192 Skoda: Yeti & Rapid Parts of seat belt pretensioner may be dislodged on deployment
R/2017/193 BMW: 7 Series, 7 Series LWB, 5 Series Saloon & 5 Series Touring Brake switch  may be activated permanently
R/2017/201 SEAT: Ibiza Air conditioning high pressure hose may be fitted incorrectly
R/2017/202 Aston Martin: Vantage Transmission can change gear without control from driver
R/2017/203 Mazda: Mazda2 & Mazda CX-3 Brake hose retaining clip may fail.
R/2017/204 Aston Martin: Vantage Hydraulic connector may leak
R/2017/205 Aston Martin: Vantage Hydraulic connector may leak
R/2017/207 Renault: Zoe Gearbox may fail to hold in park position ‘p’ and vehicle could roll away
R/2017/208 Citroen: C4, DS4, C5 and DS5 Starter supply wire may chafe
R/2017/209 Aston Martin: DB11 Tyre pressure monitoring system incorrectly set
R/2017/215 Peugeot: 308(T9), 3008, 508, 601 and 5008 Starter supply wire may chafe
R/2017/220 Bentley Motor Cars: Continental Supersports, Continental Supersports Convertible Loss of power steering assistance
R/2017/222 Peugeot: Traveller and Expert 4 Starter relay may overheat
R/2017/223 Citroen: Spacetourer and Jumpy 4 Starter relay may overheat
RM/2017/020 BMW Motorcycles: R 1200 GS (K50, K50/11), R 1200 GS Adventure (K51) Front suspension could fail

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SMMT warns of rising costs

British motorists could see their annual car service and repair costs rise by 10% to £777 after Brexit if no deal is reached between the UK and the EU.

A new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that the UK’s collective car repair bill could rise by more than £2bn if tariffs and other barriers to trade are imposed.

The Importance of the Aftermarket to the UK Economy 2017, commissioned from independent consultancy Frost & Sullivan, reveals that a 2.5-4.5% World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariff on imported car parts would cost the average car owner an extra £21 a year for replacement components. Meanwhile, quotas, subsidies, customs delays and regulatory barriers could add an additional £49, resulting in a £2.14 billion rise in the UK’s collective car maintenance bill.

Some 80% of replacement car parts fitted to British cars are imported, with almost three quarters of these coming from EU-based suppliers. However, the manufacture of components in the UK is growing, making the risk of tariffs on British products sold in Europe and other key global markets another major concern. The report concludes that WTO tariffs on automotive parts exported from the UK could cost the domestic industry up to £3 billion in lost revenue, with a potential impact on future investment and jobs.

The report highlights the risk to an industry, which makes a significant contribution to the UK economy. In 2016 the UK automotive aftermarket sector, which includes parts makers, distributors, retailers and workshops, grew its turnover by 2.4% to £21.6 billion, while raising its contribution to the economy by 2.5% to £12.5 billion and creating an additional 1,400 extra jobs. The total number of jobs supported by the sector now stands at some 347,000 – more than the population of Coventry.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, ‘This report shows just how vital the UK automotive aftermarket is to our economy and society, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and keeping vehicles safe – and the country moving. Government must now prioritise an interim arrangement that maintains single market and customs union membership until the right trade deal with the EU is implemented.’

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Vans to go greener and cleaner under new plans

Changes will allow drivers to drive heavier vans if powered by low emission technology.

Changes to driver licensing rules will make it easier for van drivers to switch to electric vehicles, the government has announced.

Van drivers will be able to operate heavier electric or gas-powered vehicles without having to apply for a new licence, as part of moves to improve air quality in towns and cities across the country.

The reforms are a step towards the government’s aim for nearly all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050.

Currently, a motorist with an ordinary category B licence for a car can drive a van weighing up to 3,500kg. Cleaner vans, especially those powered by electricity from batteries, are generally heavier than conventional diesel vans because of the battery they carry. This reduces the amount of goods they can carry or means van drivers have to apply for a category C licence with the associated costs and medical report requirements.

Now the Department for Transport has published plans to allow motorists to drive vans weighing up to 4,250kg if they are powered by electricity, natural gas, LPG or hydrogen.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: “Vans have become essential to our economy and are vital for our builders, small businesses and delivery drivers. We have more of them on our roads than ever before. That’s a good sign for the economy, but our challenge is to try to tackle their impact on air quality.

We want to make it easier for businesses to opt for cleaner vehicles, and these proposals are designed to do just that.”

Road traffic estimates show there has been a rapid rise in light goods vehicle traffic over the last 20 years, in part powered by the growth in internet shopping.

In 2016 vans clocked up 49.1 billion vehicle miles – an increase of 23% when compared with 2006. Vans spend much of their time driving around our towns and cities and over 96% of them are diesel powered, so making them greener is essential for people’s health and the environment.

A public consultation is now open on the proposed new measures and will last 12 weeks. They will help level the playing field by addressing the payload penalty which currently puts operators of cleaner vans at a commercial disadvantage compared to operators of equivalent conventionally-fuelled vehicles.

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