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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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GiPA UK – April Update

The Megacities Institute – A non-profit Association, founded by GiPA & Bosch

According to the UN, in 2015 there were already 71 megacities of more than 5 million inhabitants, with a projected 104 by 2030! As a result of the size and continued growth of these megacities, issues prevalent in urban areas – noise, pollution, and automobile congestion to name a few – have become further exacerbated. The aim of the Megacities Institute is to study the solutions implemented around the world to solve these problems, assess them, and disseminate them.

The Megacities Institute has already begun working, with a study being carried out by GiPA experts in 21 megacities across the world. If you want to learn more about the Megacities Institute, please download the document from the link below.



On the 6th of June, at Automechanika Birmingham, GiPA UK’s Quentin Le Hetet will be presenting on the future of parts distribution in the UK.

Recent years have seen an unprecedented level of merger and acquisition activity amongst independent aftermarket parts distributors. What will be the short and long term impact of these market changes? This presentation aims to provide the keys to understanding the consolidation of UK parts distribution and the implications for the future of the aftermarket.

For more information on when and where the presentation will be, please click here.

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Vehicle Safety Recalls – March 2017

These are the vehicles, parts or accessories recalled by manufacturers for a safety reason during March 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 and model Issue
R/2016/192 Renault: Clio IV Wipers may not perform as intended
R/2016/268 Toyota: Dyna Fuel may leak leading to engine cut out
R/2016/301 Infiniti: Q30 & QX30 Airbag may not deploy correctly
R/2017/020 Ford: Mondeo Seat belt pre-tensioner may malfunction
R/2017/024 BCA Vehicle Services Ltd: Mitsubishi Shogun SG5 Seatbelt may become loose
R/2017/025 Vauxhall: Vivaro B Suspension may become insecure
R/2017/026 Vauxhall: Insignia Reduction in braking performance
R/2017/027 Vauxhall: Astra J, Meriva, Mokka & Zafira C Front seat side airbag may deploy incorrectly
R/2017/028 Toyota: Proace Unexpected airbag deployment
R/2017/029 Vauxhall: Adam Drivers airbag may not deploy correctly
R/2017/031 Toyota: Proace Fuel may leak if vehicle rolls over
R/2017/032 Toyota: Proace Front shock absorber may fail
R/2017/033 Vauxhall: Corsa E Roof side rail airbag may deploy incorrectly
R/2017/034 Vauxhall: Insignia Passenger airbag may deploy incorrectly
R/2017/035 Toyota: Proace Various electrical malfunctions
R/2017/036 Toyota: Proace Steering bolts may not be tightened correctly
R/2017/037 Toyota: Proace Loss of braking assistance
R/2017/038 Toyota: Proace Wheel may detach
R/2017/041 Mercedes-Benz: E-Class Short circuit may occur
R/2017/043 Volvo Truck: FL & FE Rear axle suspension may become insecure
R/2017/045 Mercedes-Benz: Atego Risk of short circuit
R/2017/048 Mazda: Mazda 6 Airbag may malfunction
R/2017/050 Porsche: 911 Carrera (991) & 718 (982) Fuel injection pipes may become insecure
R/2017/051 Maserati: Ghibli, Quattroporte Vehicle can move away after driver has exited
R/2017/077 Ford: Ranger Folding rear seat may become insecure
R/2017/086 Maserati: Ghibli, Quattroporte Fuel delivery line may leak
R/2017/088 Vauxhall: Movano B Sideboard or tailboard may detach
R/2017/089 Citroen: C3 Picasso Front airbag may not deploy
R/2017/090 Peugeot: 508 Front airbag may not deploy
R/2017/093 Mercedes-Benz: E-Class Front airbag may be deactivated
R/2017/097 Porsche: 911 (Cabriolet/Targa), 718 Bonding on windscreen is insufficient
R/2017/098 Volvo Bus: B11R Alternator may overheat
R/2017/100 MAN Bus: P12 Protective device on the inverter may be inoperative
R/2017/105 Volvo Car: XC90, V90, V90CC & S90 Retaining bolt for inflatable curtain may be broken
R/2017/109 Volvo Truck: FH, FM Brake pedal may be incorrectly assembled
RCOMP/2017/002 Tenneco Automotive: Monroe shock absorber and strut fitted to Mercedes-Benz A-Class & B-Class Poor welding causing foot bracket to break
RM/2017/006 Suzuki Motorcycles: UK110 Throttle may not act as intended
RM/2017/007 KTM: 1290- Superduke Fuel hose may leak
RM/2017/008 Yamaha: YZF-R3 & MTN320 Fuel may leak
RM/2017/009 Yamaha: YZF-R3 & MTN320 Main switch electric terminal may corrode
RM/2017/010 Ducati: Multistrada (950, 1200 & 1200S) Fuel may leak
RM/2017/011 KTM: SX50 Chain connecting link may fail
RSPV/2017/002 Polaris: General and General 4, RZR 900 (XC, S), RZR 4 900, RZR 1000, (XP/XP4, XP 4 high lifter) & XP 4, XP Turbo Unintended brake drag
RSPV/2017/003 Polaris: General & RZR Engine ecu software incomplete

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