Scottish government pledges £16.7 million towards AFV uptake

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans for £16.7 million in additional funding to go towards efforts to transform Scotland to a low carbon country.

The announcement comes ahead of the unveiling of Ms Sturgeon’s Programme for Government, after last year’s committed to set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the electrification of the road network, with the aim of removing the need for new petrol or diesel cars or vans on Scotland’s roads by 2032.

Funding will be split between increasing the number of green buses across Scotland, while a large portion will be devoted to improving access to electric charging points in homes, businesses and public places to encourage more people to consider an electric vehicle as a viable alternative to a petrol or diesel vehicle.

The investment will go towards creating 1500 new charging points for vehicles and buses across Scotland.

The announcement also included an expansion of the Switched on Towns and Cities initiative, which will help create 20 new ‘electric towns by 2025 to support local communities to increase electric vehicle uptake.

While registrations of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs – electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, pure electric and range extender vehicles) are on the up in Scotland – figures released by the Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) for July show that the proportion increased from 4% of all vehicle registrations in Scotland in July 2017 to 5.9% in July 2018 – petrol and diesel vehicles still make up an overwhelming majority of registrations at 94% of vehicles registered in Scotland in July 2018.

Access to charging infrastructure is something that has limited uptake of these vehicles as well as the limited range many provide in comparison to their petrol or diesel counterparts, noted Sandy Burgess, Chief Executive of the SMTA on release of the July figures, as he called on the government for action to support the 2032 pledge.

“Whilst there can be no doubt about the shift towards the adoption of alternative fuelled vehicles, we still have to understand that the current opportunities are not for everyone, particularly those who are high mileage users with limited access to the relatively small number of charging points in the towns and cities around Scotland.

“There really is no workable alternative for these drivers at present other than to replace their older, more pollutant diesels with clean and efficient Euro 6 diesel engine vehicles, the Scottish government, UK government and various aspects of the media need to understand this sooner rather than later.”

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IAAF announces details of third Industry Briefing Session of 2018

The IAAF will be heading to the premises of ECCO Safety Group’s new EMEA HQ in Leeds for the third Industry Briefing Session of 2018.

The format for the session will be similar to previous events, with IAAF Head of Membership Development Mike Smallbone giving an update on the latest industry developments.

The main guest speaker will be Julian Lloyd, managing director of ProVQ, one of the largest approved motor industry training providers. Their research has confirmed that companies focusing on the skills, knowledge and competencies of their staff do perform better. Government policy has recently shifted significantly to financially encourage companies of all sizes to actively embrace this through the sourcing of quality training programmes. Julian Lloyd will explain how to fully exploit this change in policy to help make staff the best they can be.

The session will finish at around 1.00 pm with lunch, when delegates will have the opportunity to network with fellow members and to tour ESG’s engineering and testing facility which they manufacture and stamp products to meet the “The ECCO Standard” and their operations facility, which produces ECCO safety solutions for the aftermarket, including warning lights, alarms and sirens and a range of products under the Code 3 brand for Emergency systems.

As always, spaces are limited, so the IAAF is advising members to book early to avoid disappointment.

Download the Booking Form here and once completed return it to Ann Silvester at

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New vehicle emissions testing facility RDE ready

A facility to test new vehicles for emissions has opened in the UK as car manufacturers battle a bottleneck in updating line-ups to the latest protocols.

The facility in Northampton, built by Mahle Powertrain, is unique in the UK, and is claimed to be the world’s first dedicated Real Driving Emissions test centre.

The new building’s testing chamber is able to simulate extremes of temperature, humidity, inclines and altitude required by the new RDE tests, which are already mandatory for new type approved vehicles, and for all new vehicles from September 2019.

Mahle Powertrain claims the facility is so sophisticated that it will give manufacturers the best possible indication of whether their vehicles will meet the requirements of RDE in the lab, before validating them in the official test on the road.

Simon Reader, engineering director at MAHLE Powertrain, added: “Our new facility puts Mahle Powertrain at the forefront of real driving emissions development and, for UK-based manufacturers, it means that vehicles can be thoroughly tested to the highest standards without leaving the country.

“This will shorten lead times and costs, helping the UK to retain its reputation for automotive engineering excellence.”

Under RDE, manufacturers are given a NOx emissions conformity factor of 2.1 in the current stage – meaning that if NOx emissions are greater than 2.1 times the value recorded in the lab when on the road, the car will fail.

From January 2020, all new type approved vehicles must comply within 1.5 times the value recorded in the lab to pass, with new registered vehicles coming under the rules from January 2021.

CO2 emissions for cars tested to WLTP and RDE are currently given an NEDC-correlated value – which has seen the BIK tax bands of like-for-like models under the old and new systems increase.

Fuel economy figures measured on the WLTP test will be introduced from January 2019.

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TecAlliance establishes industry solution in fight against counterfeit parts

Together with oneIDentity+, TecAlliance has established an industry solution in the fight against counterfeit products – an application that is also used in other markets.

“Although motorists want to save money and look for replacement parts themselves on the web and then ask their trusted workshops to install them, they are at risk of becoming the victims of fakes,” says Jürgen Buchert, managing director of TecAlliance GmbH.

To make the public more aware of the dangers of counterfeit vehicle spare parts, TecDoc Catalogue, the operator of the global vehicle and spare parts database is supporting the British initiative against international product piracy.

Under the title “think before you buy”, the British government has started an international awareness campaign together with car manufacturers, aftermarket players, industry associations and major online platforms.

In addition to consumer risks, the economic damage caused by counterfeit products is substantial.

The Intellectual Property Office of the European Union estimates that the EU market for tyres and batteries alone suffers an annual loss of more than two billion euros.

“We are proud to be part of this initiative, because fake parts are not just a problem for vehicle and parts manufacturers.

“The protection of the consumer and of intellectual property affects us all,” warns Dr. Daniel Dünnebacke, COO of oneIDentity+.

TecAlliance has been actively fighting product piracy for some time, and ten years ago it introduced the Manufacturers Against Product Piracy (MAPP) Initiative.

Through MAPP, automotive suppliers of leading brands have now been working together closely for years.

To distinguish genuine from fake parts faster in the future, many participants of the MAPP initiative mark their original products with a data matrix barcode based on the coding recommendation worked out by the European parts manufacturer association CLEPA.

With oneIDentity+, TecAlliance has developed an IT solution for the car spare parts market so that the unique MAPP code can be easily checked.

Within seconds, the user knows whether a replacement part is original and can access detailed information about the product.

oneIDentity+ is also responsible for the global management of the MAPP code.

The globally unique two-dimensional MAPP code, which is based on GS1 standards, has become an industry standard in the automotive aftermarket and clearly identifies each part from the factory.

The MAPP code is stored on the oneIDentity+ cloud platform.

The oneIDentity+ database already includes over 1.8 billion product codes.

From 90 countries around the world, the authenticity verification specialist receives more than 30,000 enquiries every month about products, machines and systems from a wide range of user groups including workshops, customs, service and logistics employees.

Besides TecAlliance, other members of the British government initiative include the vehicle manufacturers Audi and BMW, as well as the parts manufacturers NGK Spark Plugs, TMD Friction and Philips Automotive.

There are also industry associations including the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), the Independent Garage Association (IGA) and of course, MAPP.

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Ecco Safety Group makes two new appointments

ECCO Safety Group EMEA appoints Olivier Michard as Business Director

ECCO Safety Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Olivier Michard into the position of Business Director EMEA with effect from 27th August 2018.

Olivier has held numerous senior Sales roles and joins ECCO Safety Group from Iveco Bus where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. His nearly 20 years’ experience within the automotive industry makes him an industry expert.

Olivier has a Mechanical Engineering degree and also obtained a Master degree from the IAE School of Management in France.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Olivier as the wealth of experience he brings with him, will take ESG EMEA to the next level of growth and he further strengthens the Leadership team at ESG EMEA. He will lead the sales function for the EMEA region and will be based in our Lyon office in France.” – says Enrico Vassallo, Managing Director of ECCO Safety Group EMEA.

“The challenge this role represents motivated me the most when accepting it after 20 years in the same world-leading automotive group. There is a huge opportunity in front of ESG and I had the good feeling that the passion and the challenges will drive this group to achieve great results and I am happy to be part of it. ” – added Olivier Michard.

ECCO Safety Group EMEA has announced the appointment of a new Business Development Manager for Southern Europe, Pierluigi Lucchini

ECCO Safety Group has appointed Pierluigi Lucchini as the new Business Development Manager for Southern Europe with effect from 20th August 2018.

Pierluigi will look after ESG EMEA’s customer base in Southern Europe with a special focus on Italy, Spain, Turkey and the surrounding areas. Based locally in Italy, Pierluigi will spend most of his time on the road. He has held numerous senior sales roles and joins ECCO Safety Group from Iveco Bus, where he was responsible for all sales activities on the Italian market.

“We are confident that Pierluigi will take ESG into the next level of growth and will move both our brands, ECCO and Code 3 – forward with the speed required to capitalise on the opportunities in front of us”, states Enrico Vassallo, Managing Director at ESG EMEA.

“I am excited to join ESG which will be a new challenging experience in an area, where I believe, there are significant possibilities to grow and develop our customer base. I look forward to being part of the ESG family”, – added Pierluigi Lucchini.

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Truck cartel claim could reach £5bn

Commercial fleet operators who overpaid for trucks from firms that colluded in a price-fixing cartel could receive a combined total of £5 billion in compensation.

In July 2016, DAF, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Iveco, MAN and Volvo/Renault all admitted to having participated in a 14-year illegal price-fixing cartel, between 1997 and 2011.

Scania initially denied any wrongdoing but, following an investigation by the European Commission, was also found to have participated in the cartel.

Collectively, the truck manufacturers were fined more than €3.8 billion (£3.4bn) – the largest ever penalty imposed by the European Commission in this type of case.

In its next step towards getting compensation for thousands of UK truck operators who paid over the odds for trucks, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has now submitted its application to the Competition Appeal Tribunal to pursue its claim against the manufacturers.

If successful, the RHA says that UK operators could be reimbursed more than £6,000 for every vehicle of six tonnes and above they bought or leased between 1997 and 2011.

Operators are entitled to claim for the difference between what they paid for their trucks (new, second-hand or leased) and what they would have paid had the cartel not existed.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “We estimate the truck cartel will have impacted upon the buyers of 600,000 trucks that were bought in the UK between 1997 and 2011, amounting to a potential compensation claim of more than £5bn.

“On the same basis, we estimate operators in the rest of Europe bought 3.4 million trucks and could also be due compensation in excess of £25bn.”

The European Commission decision revealed that discussions between the companies in the cartel focused on two main topics.

Firstly, the truck producers discussed the “gross price list” increases they were planning for medium and heavy trucks and coordinated these with each other. These figures are the basis for pricing in the truck industry. The final price paid by buyers was then based on further adjustments, done at national and local level, to these gross list prices.

Secondly, they also discussed their response to increasingly strict European emissions standards, which have been progressively tightened over the years, reducing the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions from trucks.

The truck producers coordinated both on the pricing for the new technologies that were needed to meet the stricter standards and on when to introduce new technologies.

MAN revealed the cartel, and so received immunity from fines. Volvo/Renault, Daimler and Iveco also cooperated by providing evidence and so had their fines reduced.

Scania, the sixth and final manufacturer implicated in the price-fixing scandal, was fined more than €880 million (£790m) for its participation in the truck cartel.

Volvo/Renault, Daimler (Mercedes), Iveco and DAF – were collectively fined €2.93bn (£2.63bn) after admitting wrongdoing. Daimler was fined €1.08bn (£1bn), DAF €752m (£674m), Iveco €494m (£443m), and Volvo/Renault €670m (£600m).

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Electric goods vehicles now need an MOT

From 1 September 2018, electric vans will no longer be exempt from the MOT if they:

  • have a gross weight not exceeding 3,500kg
  • were first registered on or after 1 March 2015

These vehicles will need their first MOT on the third anniversary of when they were registered.

If a vehicle is no longer exempt and the third anniversary has already passed, it will need a current MOT to be legally driven and taxed with immediate effect.

Goods vehicles powered by electricity and registered before 1 March 2015 will still be exempted from needing an MOT.

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Delphi donate parts to Car SOS programme

Filming is now under way for series 7 of Car SOS, and Delphi Technologies is delighted to have been able to help out by donating braking and steering parts to the popular TV show.

“We are big fans of the show and the fantastic work that it does so we are delighted that we have been able to contribute towards it,” said Nigel Duffield, UK Country Director.

Each episode of the show sees presenters Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restoring a cherished car that has seen better days with an owner that needs a helping hand. They whisk the wheels away to a well-equipped workshop before surprising the unsuspecting owner with their newly restored classic.

“Our show is all about helping out those in need,” commented Fuzz Townshend. “We always want to do them proud and so using quality parts from a supplier like Delphi Technologies is a perfect fit for us.”

Series 7 of Car SOS will air on National Geographic in February 2019 and on Channel 4 later in the year.

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Dayco unveils its new corporate branding

Dayco will use the world stage afforded by Automechanika Frankfurt to present its new corporate branding to a global audience of the industry’s most influential people. These include the many valued technicians who rely on Dayco’s premium quality replacement components during their day-to-day working lives.

The new branding is consistent across both the company’s original equipment (OE) and aftermarket products. This delivers a continuous message of quality and dependability, using modern graphics that support the company’s business ethos and core strengths.

For more than a century Dayco has been recognized for its technological prowess and manufacturing abilities, which has made Dayco the partner of choice for vehicle manufacturers around the world. Specializing in power transmission components has enabled Dayco to develop an unparalleled depth of knowledge and to apply it to become a renowned full system supplier to both OEMs and the independent aftermarket alike.

The ability to apply technical knowledge to design and develop solutions, and then cultivate those solutions to full series production through large-scale manufacturing facilities, are hallmarks of a well-run and efficient operation. These skills are inherent throughout the Dayco organization.

Demonstrating all of these attributes through its corporate branding is a challenge, but the outcome of the exercise has brought a uniformity across the company, from its values of responsiveness, ingenuity, integrity, foresight and collaboration to its desire to MOVE FORWARD. ALWAYS.TM

The bold, yet unpretentious branding is emblazoned across the Dayco stand (A71 in Hall 3.0), and is also featured on the new packaging for its many products, whether individual components or kits, including its water pump and heavy duty ranges. Packaging is only one element as the corporate message is also portrayed through all of the Dayco’s marketing material, technical information and via the company’s new corporate – – and aftermarket – – websites.

Commenting on the introduction, Global Marketing & Communications Manager, Franca Pierobon said: “Dayco has built its reputation on its ability to solve the technical challenges brought about by OEMs pushing the boundaries of engine design to produce cleaner, more efficient and smaller power units”.

“Our solutions, which are manufactured to the same exceptional standards for both our OE and aftermarket production, are supplied globally, so naturally must portray the same clear and concise message in all markets, reflecting our core values and demonstrating the consistency that we maintain throughout our product portfolio, through our branding, packaging, marketing and support material. The final result reflects this message and we believe it will contribute to generate even wider awareness of the Dayco brand and the quality of our products, which are underpinned with our technical competences, to ensure the continued growth of the business.”

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Dyson investing in EV testing

Dyson has outlined plans to invest £200m in a vehicle testing campus as it continues with plans to launch an electric vehicle in 2020.

Dyson announced in 2017 that it had started work on a battery for EVs due by 2020.

Details on the electric vehicle itself have not been revealed, but Dyson announced last year that it had organised a team of more than 400 people on the project. This project combined Dyson engineers with individuals from the automotive industry at Hullavington Airfield.

Dyson said it will submit a planning request to continue building work at Hullavington, growing the total site investment up to £200m.

More than 10 miles of vehicle test tracks for vehicle development and verification, including a fast road route and off-road route are included in the planning application.

The campaign also discuss 45,000 sqm of new development space, which could accommodate over 2,000 people as well as a café, sports centre, recreation space and supporting technical facilities.

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