IAAF supports coalition’s call urging EU Commission to act now for fair digitalisation opportunities

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has lent its voice to a broad industry coalition, including automotive industry and mobility services operators, insurers, motorist consumers and SMEs, calling upon the EU Commission for fair and equal access to in-vehicle data and resources.

The newly-launched manifesto comes amidst concerns that effective competition, innovation, road safety, a ‘green’ digital economy and free consumer choice are currently not being placed at the heart of the Commission’s agenda.

In order to continue offering the high level of competitive services demanded by their customers, together with improved operational safety and environmental compliance, all independent operators within the entire automotive supply chain must be able to compete on an equal footing with vehicle manufacturers (VMs) by accessing the vehicle, its data and functions independently.

However, this would not be possible with the model put forward by VMs, the so-called ‘Extended Vehicle’, which will channel all future communication and data access through the VM’s backend server. As such, this would prevent all other service providers ‘around the car’ from offering competing services to consumers, as only a small part of the vehicle generated data will be shared with independent service providers, compared to the data available to the VM.

The coalition has launched the manifesto urging the EU Commission to “act now” by using the “interoperable, standardised, secure and open access telematics platform” set out in the 2015 EU eCall Regulation to introduce robust legislation within its current term, in order to ensure a level playing field. This solution is to maintain consumer choice, independent entrepreneurship, competition and innovation for all services ‘around the car’, whilst ensuring the same high level of safety, security, liability and data protection as the VMs use themselves.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “The current in-vehicle access platforms – controlled and operated by the VMs – prevent independent businesses from embracing digital opportunities, jeopardising consumer choice, innovation and a growing economy.

“It’s clear what is at stake here and our solution is for fair and equal access to vehicle telematics, to ensure safety and security is maintained, whilst safeguarding competition, innovation and consumer choice. It is therefore crucial that competition, innovation and consumer interests must be at the heart of the EU Digital Single Market.”

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Save the Date – IAAF Conference & Dinner 2018

Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that its Annual Conference and Awards Dinner 2018 will return to DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes on Thursday 6th December 2018.

The event, the largest of its kind in the automotive aftermarket, is widely regarded as the industry’s premier networking event.

During the day, guests will attend an information-packed industry conference that covers all major issues affecting aftermarket businesses and, in the evening, 600+ aftermarket personnel will relax and network at the IAAF Annual Awards dinner.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes is situated in a convenient, central location that is easily accessible from across the country and has excellent transport links, as well as offering complimentary car parking.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes and, following on from last year’s success, we have a number of plans to make the event truly memorable for our guests.

“Last year’s conference was also the largest for many years and we are already planning our conference theme for 2018. Like the Awards Dinner, we have some new initiatives that will make it a “must-attend” event for those working in the automotive aftermarket.

As the event is already in high demand, IAAF members should look out for IAAF booking information, which is due to be released early June.

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Last chance to book a place at the IAAF Industry Briefing Session in Glasgow

The IAAF is heading to Glasgow, to the premises of The Turbo Guy on Thursday 17 May for the second Industry Briefing Session of 2018.

The agenda for the session will be very much the same as for the Coventry event, with IAAF Membership Development Manager Mike Smallbone giving an update on the latest industry developments, and highlighting the IAAF’s influence on the recent lobbying successes regarding the scrapped MOT proposals and Type Approval legislation, as well as recent developments across the UK and Europe, where pressure continues to mount on the European Commission to begin work on legislation that introduces an interoperable, standardised, secure and safe, in-vehicle open telematics platform (OTP).

The Industry Briefing Session held at the Phocas offices in Coventry in March

The main guest speaker will be Nona Bowkis from Lawgistics, who will discuss General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May.

Nona Bowkis will explain the basic principles of GDPR and some of the consequences that business owners could face if they failed to be GDPR compliant. Although the topic of GDPR is both all-encompassing and complicated, a fundamental grasp of the process could assist businesses in avoiding falling foul of the law.

Following the Coventry event, Mike Smallbone was quoted as saying, “It was clear our members hugely benefitted from learning more about GDPR and electric vehicle technology, and the impact both will have on them personally and as part of the aftermarket.

“These briefings are gathering more momentum as we go on; they’re providing real value to members in terms of industry insight. We are expecting another highly engaging session and large turnout at the next briefing.”

The session will finish at around 1.00 pm with lunch, when delegates will have the opportunity to network with fellow members and then there will be two demonstrations, one on turbo testing and the second on how a DPF is cleaned and returned to OE specification.

As limited spaces are available, IAAF is advising members to book early to avoid disappointment. Download the  Booking Form and once completed return it to Ann Silvester.

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IAAF encourages businesses to support the Your Car, Your Choice campaign

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is continuing its drive to raise awareness of motorists’ rights through the ‘Your Car, Your Choice’ campaign, supporting key legislation that provides motorists with the freedom to choose where to service, maintain and repair their vehicles.

The campaign, formally called Right2Choose, was relaunched by IAAF in 2017 to reflect developments in the digital age and to refocus the industry’s attention on the importance of choice in regards to vehicle maintenance and repair work.

Under Block Exemption legislation, consumers have the right to use any repair workshop for non-warranty work during the warranty period.

The aftermarket can utilise the rebranded promotional support and materials available, including an easy-to-navigate website, merchandise, literature explaining key legislation and information, and a social media campaign.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said said: “Many motorists are unaware of this legislation and it’s our duty as an industry to inform the general public and give them the opportunity to choose the best option for their own requirements.

“We are working alongside the aftermarket to tackle misconceptions within the industry and beyond. This message is incredibly important, not just for motorists but for the future of the independent aftermarket and we encourage the sector to get behind and spread the word.”

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Bosch claims new diesel technology cuts NOx emissions

Engine parts manufacturer Bosch claims it has achieved a breakthrough in diesel technology by dramatically cutting NOx emissions.

It says that in RDE (real driving emissions) testing, emissions from vehicles equipped with its new diesel technology are not only significantly below current limits, but also those scheduled to come into force from 2020.

Since 2017, European legislation has required that new passenger car models tested, according to an RDE-compliant mix of urban, extra-urban, and motorway cycles, emit no more than 168 milligrams of NOx per kilometre. As of 2020, this limit will be cut to 120mg.

Bosch claims that, in tests, vehicles equipped with its diesel technology achieved as little as 13mg of NOx in standard legally-compliant RDE cycles. That is approximately one-tenth of the EU limit that will apply after 2020. And even when driving in particularly challenging urban conditions, where test parameters are well in excess of legal requirements, the average emissions of the Bosch test vehicles, it says, are as low as 40mg/km.

Talking at the company’s annual press conference in Germany, Bosch CEO, Dr Volkmar Denner said: “There’s a future for diesel.

“We want to put a stop, once and for all, to the debate about the demise of diesel technology.”

Bosch claims a combination of advanced fuel-injection technology, a newly developed air management system, and intelligent temperature management has made such low readings possible.

The reduction in NOx has been achieved by refining existing technologies, removing the need for new components, which won’t add to vehicle costs.

Denner said: “We firmly believe that the diesel engine will continue to play an important role in the options for future mobility.

“Until electromobility breaks through to the mass market, we will still need these highly efficient combustion engines.”

His ambitious target for Bosch engineers is the development of a new generation of diesel and petrol engines that produce no significant particulate or NOx emissions.

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GROUPAUTO Head Office in Bradford is now an IMI Approved Centre

Following on from our recent announcement regarding Steve Carter joining the Alliance Automotive Group UK, we are delighted to announce that after successfully passing the inspection and audit, as of the 1st April 2018 the GROUPAUTO head office in Bradford, is now officially an IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) Approved Centre.

The Garage Networks Team proudly displaying their IMI plaque and Approved Centre Certification

Becoming an IMI Approved Centre was a requirement in order to be able to offer the new IMI EV/PHEV training courses and to ensure a continuation of the 2018 training calendar for garages and motor factors. It is also further investment into the technical training side of the business as a whole as we continue to provide our membership and networks with industry leading technical training.

To support the internal processes of being a central training hub, Jackie Saville has also joined the business as a dedicated technical training co-ordinator, her role is focused on arranging training courses and booking venues for the group’s garage networks and motor factor members. Jackie will also be responsible for the management of IMI registrations and bookings for all delegates that attend any technical training though us.

Maria McCullough, Garage Networks Manager said, “To become an IMI Approved Centre is quite a challenge and there is a huge amount of paperwork and documentation needed to be compliant; this process is normally expected to take eight weeks, but as a team internally, we worked extremely hard to gain the recognition in record time, and I am pleased to announce that after just five weeks, we had our assessment and audit and passed. This is another great achievement for the group, and fully supports our commitment to our technical training offering to our membership as a whole.”

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Automechanika – opportunities for visitors

The organisers of the show have highlighted seven reasons for people to leave your business for a day and visit Automechanika Birmingham, one of which gives visitors a chance to save £20:

  1. Amazing deals on tools & equipment in the NEW Garage Quarter, Hall 19
  2. FREE training & live product demos in the Workshop Training Hub *in association with Autotechnician, sponsored by ACtronics UK
  3. Updates on MOT & GDPR in Aftermarket Seminars *sponsored by Aftermarket magazine
  4. Collision repair live demos in the Specialist Demo Hub
  5. Close early and come to the NEC – Late opening until 7pm on Wed 6 June
  6. Garage of the Year winners announced. Enter now before 30 April to be in with a chance
  7. Save £20 – FREE Coffee and Pastry courtesy of Bendix and FREE car parking for independent garages when you register FREE today.*limited availability, first come, first served.

Automechanika Birmingham have also just launched the Business Meetings Tool in time for the 2018 exhibition. The new software, available to exhibitors and visitors, helps to maximize time spent at the event by matching visitors interests with supplier capabilities and increasing the right meetings during the show. Visitors should register free to make the most of the Business Meetings Tool at www.automechanika-birmingham.com Exhibitors have full access to this through the exhibitor portal.

Also, if anyone has not yet registered for a badge, they can CLICK HERE.

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How the new MOT defect categories will work

The new MOT changes on defect categories will come into effect on 20 May 2018. The following information has been taken from the DVSA blog to clarify how the new defect categories will work, particularly what will be classed as a dangerous defect, and explaining what is and is not changing.

The legal requirements
For a vehicle to be driven on Great Britain’s roads there are 2 main legal safety requirements for the vehicle. It must be roadworthy and for most vehicles of a certain age, it must have a valid MOT. Whilst these two reqirements are connected, they are not the same thing, and they both have to be met independently.

Even if a vehicle is roadworthy, it may not necessarily have an MOT (it isn’t automatic – it needs to go to a garage to be tested). Similarly, just because a vehicle has an MOT, it doesn’t automatically mean it is roadworthy. It may have a defect that has come about after the MOT certificate was issued.

These requirements will not be changing on 20 May 2018, and vehicles will still need to meet both.

‘Major’ and ‘dangerous’ defects
Currently, a vehicle will either pass or fail its MOT. Testers can then mark defects they believe are dangerous, and make the vehicle owner aware.

From 20 May, the implementation of the new directive will pre-define what is considered as ‘dangerous’. Defects that are failure items but aren’t deemed as ‘dangerous’ will be called ‘major’ defects.

After 20 May, defects that are dangerous will be set out for the vehicle owner, and the new ‘major’ term introduced for all other failures.

What ‘dangerous’ defects will mean for motorists
Moving to pre-defined dangerous defects will bring consistency to what is recorded as dangerous. DVSA has taken the opportunity to make the wording on the MOT failure documents clear in reminding motorists that driving a dangerous vehicle is illegal.

While the majority of owners would never drive a dangerous vehicle until it is made safe, DVSA knows not everyone will behave responsibly. And, while it it is not the responsibility of the MOT testing station to try and physically stop the vehicle from being driven away, it is important that the owner be provided with clear advice that the vehicle does have dangerous defects.

This all applies whether the vehicle has a current MOT or not. A dangerous vehicle should never be driven on the road.

An early MOT will still be sensible
Some people have interpreted the changes to mean that a vehicle should not be brought in for an MOT early. This is not true.

DVSA will still encourage motorists to not leave their MOT until expiry, as leaving it late increases the risk of the vehicle being used without an MOT or being unroadworthy.

‘Minor’ defects and advisories
The other new category from 20 May is ‘minor’. This is where there is a defect on the vehicle – but it is not sufficiently serious for the vehicle to fail. Like the major and dangerous defects, they are also pre-defined.

As with the current MOT test, DVSA will still have advisories. These are very similar to minor defects but rather than a component already being defective, they indicate a component will become defective soon.

Recording defects
DVSA has also made changes to the online MOT testing service to try and make it simple for garages to record the new defect types after 20 May.

For most defect areas (for example tyre tread depth) the defect is considered as only one level of severity (major or dangerous). The tester will select that defect as present, and the MOT testing service will automatically include the level (major or dangerous) in the result.

However, for some defect areas (for example, hydraulic brake fluid leaks) there might be defects at more than one level, based on the severity of the defect. Where that is the case, the wording of the defect describes the difference between major or dangerous.

A garage should assess which set of words the defect on the vehicle best matches. Then, the MOT testing service will automatically include the level (major or dangerous) in the result.

Launching a training environment
DVSA will be launching a training environment (or prototype area) into the MOT testing service with the post 20 May changes in place and they will advise once it is available.

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