IAAF seeks views on parts identification within new Type Approval legislation

The IAAF has recently contacted its supplier, wholesaler and data publishing members as the automotive aftermarket is facing a crucial time with the forthcoming Vehicle Type-Approval legislation currently being worked on by the European Commission, Parliament and Council.

Members’ help is being urgently sought to ensure the views of the aftermarket are represented as a decisive phase will be reached in the next few months.

The legislation, which includes the right of access to Diagnostic, Repair and Maintenance Information (RMI), is currently being modified and will impact on the rights of the independent aftermarket to continue to access the information that needed for spare parts identification in the format required.

For this reason FIGIEFA, together with the European Association of Automotive Suppliers CLEPA, have commissioned a survey with UK-based consultancy ‘Ricardo-AEA’. The survey is designed for parts suppliers, wholesalers and data publishers involved in the spare part identification for their catalogue products. It intends to evaluate:

  • How well the system of access to vehicle repair and maintenance information is operating in regards to parts identification
  • Impacts on the functioning of the aftermarket.

The findings will be crucial in helping to secure these important provisions.

If anyone else would like to take part in this short survey to ensure consideration of their views in this important piece of future legislation, the survey can be found BY CLICKING HERE.

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Lorry emissions checks to start at the roadside

From August 2017, roadside checks of lorries carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will include an emissions check.

DVSA will be targetting lorry drivers and operators who try to cheat vehicle emissions. The new checks will target those who break the law and will help to improve air quality.

In May 2017, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published a draft plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK. This included looking at ways to reduce emissions produced by vehicles, including those used commercially. A final plan will be published by 31 July.

Fraudulent emissions readings
DVSA’s enforcement staff, and their European counterparts, have found evidence that drivers and operators use emissions cheat devices to cut the cost of operating. These include:

  • using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working
  • removing the diesel particulate filter or trap using cheap, fake emission reduction devices or diesel exhaust fluid
  • using illegal engine modifications which result in excessive emissions
  • removing or bypassing the exhaust gas recirculation valve

Taking action against emission cheats
DVSA enforcement officers will give the driver and operator 10 days to fix the emissions system if they find a vehicle with tampered emissions readings.

If the emissions system isn’t fixed within 10 days, DVSA will issue a fine and stop the vehicle being used on the road.

DVSA enforcement staff can insist that a vehicle be taken off the road immediately if they find a driver or operator is repeatedly offending.

Working with the EU
DVSA will investigate all Great Britain operators cheating emissions and pass the findings to the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain, who have the power to remove operator licences.

DVSA will also continue to work with counterpart agencies across Europe, and further afield, to make sure that all offences committed by non-Great Britain hauliers are dealt with locally.

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BEN Cricket – The Results

The annual cricket spectacular organised by SJ Events and sponsored by FPS Distribution took place on 22nd June at Dorridge Cricket Club.

After a series of hard-fought matches, FPS & Friends achieved a well-deserved victory and the Best Player award went to Jonathan Alexander of FAI.

The winning team – FPS & Friends

FPS had sponsored this year’s event and £5,735 was raised for BEN, the best total today since the event started.

This event was originally founded by Alan Seal of Autoparts & Diagnostics and then six years ago Elliott Seal took over the reins. The Seal family has had a long-standing relationship with Dorridge cricket club and Elliott now deals with them directly in arranging the day.

SJ Events would like to thank everyone involved for their support and look forward to seeing everyone soon.

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Sedgley goes the extra mile for the Brain Tumour Charity

Keith Sedgley, joint managing director of Roadlink International, a leading commercial vehicle parts supplier, has successfully cycled 133 miles in a day from Wolverhampton to Aberdovey in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity.

The Aberdovey Bike Ride 2017 took place on Friday 16 June and is officially 105 miles long but Sedgley decided to ‘go the extra mile’ and take on another two-hour mountain climb as part of an extended ride.

Keith Sedgley during his bike-ride

Everyone taking part in the annual charity bike ride, which has taken place every year since 1992, is obliged to raise at least £75 for an official cause of their choice.

Sedgley, who is a keen fundraiser and took on the challenge as a personal goal in memory of a dear friend, has already raised close to £900 and is hoping to reach the £1000 mark. People can donate here.

The Brain Tumour charity’s main aim is to defeat the dangers of brain tumours by funding pioneering research and providing life-changing support to individuals and families affected.

Sedgley said: “It was a tough task and took many weeks of preparation to ensure I was up for the challenge but ultimately it was more than worth it. The Brain Tumour Charity is a cause close to my own heart and I’d like to thank everyone who has donated towards this incredibly worthy charity and supported me throughout my journey.”

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Ben launches new Impact Report 2016-17

Ben has just published its new annual Impact Report 2016-17 and is proud to report that they supported over 3,000 people with their health and well-being last year, an impressive 14% increase on the previous year.

To view the full report click here.

The report highlights the fact that financial health remains the main challenge for people in the automotive industry, accounting for 49% of requests for assistance. Perhaps the most telling statistic is the 78% (year on year) increase in people asking for help with their mental health.

Thanks to the continued support from companies and individuals in the industry, Ben’s fundraising income increased by 10% on the previous year, which is fantastic and Ben would like to thank all its supporters, for ensuring the continued provision of vital support to those facing life’s toughest challenges.

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IAAF Member Autotech Recruit’s MD appointed chairman of NTDA south east & central south region

Autotech Recruit’s managing director, Gavin White, has been appointed as the National Tyre Distributors Association’s (NTDA) new chairman for the south east and central south region.

In an official handover from Prashant Chopra at the NTDA’s annual general meeting (AGM), Gavin was formally installed as regional chairman by NTDA chief executive Stefan Hay, who cited Gavin’s passion and tenacity to improving recruitment within the industry as pivotal reasons for his appointment.


Prashant Chopra (L) handing over to Gavin White (R)

‘Gavin is a dynamic individual who, through his company, appoints vehicle technicians into our industry on a daily basis to fulfil the growing demand for skilled workers,’ said Stefan. ‘With the automotive aftercare market within the UK expanding, along with the ‘intelligence’ of vehicles, technicians need to be increasingly technically proficient and skilled to stay ahead of the game. And it is Gavin’s comprehensive knowledge of the market, and of the candidates seeking employment, which is so valuable to our association.’

Gavin said, ‘I feel very privileged to be awarded this position, and delighted with the opportunity to work with the NTDA.’

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IAAF Golf – Forest of Arden – 10th August 2017

It is still possible to book a team at the Forest of Arden event for this year’s IAAF Golf Team Challenge in aid of our industry charity, BEN.

Last year’s event successfully raised nearly £2,000 for BEN via your generous donations plus the surplus funds from the event and we hope we can do even better this year.

This year for the first time we will be accepting entries from individuals, as well as the usual teams of four.

The overall winning team from across the two days’ play, at both Forest of Arden and Worsley Park, will be invited to the IAAF’s Annual Dinner in December where they will be presented with their trophy.

The venue and date are:

Midlands    10th August   Forest of Arden, Meriden, Warwickshire

The cost per team of four will be £325 per team plus vat and the cost for individuals will be £85 plus VAT per person. This includes:

Bacon Sandwich and coffee/Tea on arrival
18 Holes of golf
Evening meal served after golf
Presentation of prizes to the winners on the day.

The Company Team Challenge will be a four ball format whereby the best two scores on each hole will score and on all par three holes all four scores will count. The overall winning team across the two days’ play will be invited to the IAAF’s Annual Dinner in December and will be presented with their prizes.


Joe Richardson is once again kindly organising these events on behalf of the IAAF and BEN and, if you need any further details, you can contact him on 07831 855829 or the IAAF Office.

The Worsley Park event will be taking place on 5th July.

You can download a leaflet and booking form here: 2017-Golf-Brochure.

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World’s first driverless bus to go into service

The world’s first driverless bus is set to go into service in China after it was revealed in the city of Zhuzhou recently.

The vehicle, which is effectively a hybrid of bus, tram and train, follows a pre-set route laid out by white dots on the road. Called the Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) Smart Bus, operator CRRC says it combines the relatively low running costs of bus routes with the complexity and modularity of subway trains such as London’s Underground.

Image courtesy SMMT

The ART will follow the pre-set path using sensors in the passenger compartments which will pick up the white dots. ART will be marketed as an option for smaller to medium sized cities that cannot afford to invest in the infrastructure necessary to have a subway or tram system.

As the bus’s autonomous systems allow it to detect other vehicles, it will be able to share the road with them and will not need to be separated from commuter traffic. Initially, each ART vehicle will have a ‘driver’ on board to take over in case of emergencies, though the drive system uses cameras and radar to remain wholly autonomous.

ART buses are doubly articulated with three separate carriages, and will hold up to 300 passengers when they start operating in 2018, along a 6.5km route through central Zhuzhou.

The ART is completely electric, and will run for 25km on a 10 minute charge, which will be incorporated into the initial infrastructure via charging points at the ‘station’ end of the line, where the ART buses will also be stored overnight. The routes will be timetabled to allow rapid recharging of the buses with minimal inconvenience to passengers.

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Autonomous boats to hit the water in 2017

The technologies required for autonomous shipping, such as sensors and GPS, already exist and aren’t the challenge for the industry, according to Rolls-Royce. The challenge is to find the optimum way to combine them reliably and cost effectively.

Rolls-Royce sees autonomous cargo ships as the future of the maritime industry

For example, software that can help vessels decide what actions to take off sensor and camera data is still being perfected, according to the company, and regulations have yet to catch up to what is already possible.

“To secure regulatory approval, as well as industry support and public acceptance, remote and autonomous ships will need to be at least as safe as existing vessels,” the company said in a study. “They have the potential to reduce human-based errors but at the same time new types of risks will arise and will need to be addressed.”

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