Driving in the EU after Brexit

Licence Bureau, which carries out driving licence checks, has warned UK drivers that their driving licences may not be valid in the European Union (EU) in the event of the nation exiting with no withdrawal agreement in place.

After March 2019 UK drivers looking to drive on business or pleasure in EU countries or looking to hire a car will need to be in possession of both a UK driving licence, and one or both of two different International Driving Permits (IDPs).

The warning from Licence Bureau follows the Department of Transport (DoT) publishing a detailed guidance document on the 13 September entitled ‘Driving in the EU if there’s no Brexit deal.’

‘It’s something businesses and individuals need to be aware of, to start thinking of developing contingency plans should the issue arise,’ explained Malcolm Maycock, managing director of Licence Bureau

According to the DoT, there are two types of IDP required by EU countries. Each is governed by a separate United Nations convention – one IDP is governed by the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic and the other is governed by the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

The IDP version required depends on which EU country you are visiting and whether it is party to the 1949 or the 1968 convention.

After 28 March 2019, a UK-issued 1968 convention IDP would be recognised in all other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland.

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CV manufacturing declines

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing declined moderately in August, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

3,685 vans, trucks, buses and coaches were built in Britain last month, a -1.6 per cent fall year on year, representing 59 fewer vehicles. Production for the UK declined -3.4 per cent in the month, while export demand fell by just four units.

In the year-to-date, commercial vehicle manufacturing is down -2.9 per cent, impacted by a -12.7% drop in production for the home market, where business uncertainty and fluctuating buying cycles have influenced demand.

Overall, output continues to be driven by exports, up 3.1 per cent compared with the first eight months of 2017. More than 52,000 CVs have been built in Britain so far this year, with 65.9% destined for overseas customers.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, ‘August is typically a low-volume month for CV production so drawing conclusions from snapshot comparisons is not advised, especially considering the impact large fleet orders can have. With fluctuating buying cycles and business uncertainty continuing to affect the UK market, today’s figures once again underline our reliance on international trade – particularly with the EU. Therefore, it is imperative we maintain our beneficial trading arrangements with the EU and other key markets.’

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Hats on 4 Ben – World Mental Health Day

Hats on 4 Ben is taking place on 10th October 2018, World Mental Health Day.

The idea is simple, Ben asking everyone in the automotive industry wear a hat to work on 10th October and donate £2 to Ben to help keep their life-changing work running.

With your support, and the support of the rest of the automotive community, Ben can transform mental health support across the industry.

Every £2 donated will go back into providing the relevant help and support for those who work in the industry and their family dependents.

Mental health issues can impact anyone at any time, with 1 in 4 people affected each year.

Ben has seen a big increase in automotive industry people asking for help with their mental health each year so is focusing on raising awareness and support to help those who are struggling.

To find out more about what you can do, to donate and to learn of the work of Ben in this important area of health, CLICK HERE.

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IAAF Car Supplier of the Year Award

Nominees for the Car Supplier of the Year are:

Banner Batteries GB.
BM Catalysts.
Exol Lubricants.
GS Yuasa Battery Sales GB.
MAHLE Aftermarket.
Moove Lubricants.
National Autoparts.
NGK Spark Plugs UK.
Schaeffler Aftermarket UK.
SMP Europe.
Sogefi Filtration.
The Turbo Guy.
WAIglobal UK.

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IAAF Car Distributor of the Year Award

Nominees for the Car Distributor Award are:

CD Group, Mallusk.
Dingbro, Aberdeen.
EK Motor Factors, Lancaster.
General Traffic, Bolton.
LVW Automotive, Birkenhead.
Marathon Warehouse Distribution, London.
Melksham Motor Spares, Wiltshire.
Mill Autoquip, St. Austell.
Road & Rally Discount Accessories (RRD Automotive), Bolsover.
TM Factors, Hereford.

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IAAF Conference & Dinner 2018 – Sponsor opportunities still available

The 2018 IAAF Conference & Dinner will be held for the second consecutive year at The DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes, one of the city’s iconic meeting and sporting venues, overlooking the impressive ArenaMK, home to MK Dons FC. The evening ceremony will be attended by around 600 aftermarket personnel, where industry-leading motor factors and suppliers will once again be competing to win the coveted awards in recognition of their services, as voted for by fellow IAAF members, from a shortlist of aftermarket companies.

PR and marketing agency, Impression Communications, has announced it will be headline sponsor of this year’s IAAF Annual Conference, taking place on 6 December.

No stranger to the event, Impression Communications Managing Director Mark Field and his team have been supporting one of the annual highlights on the industry calendar for the past six years, overseeing all PR and marketing activity in the run-up, offering their specialist expertise and taking an active role in supporting the day’s proceedings since 2012.

Alliance Automotive UK (AAUK) has announced it will again be the proud sponsor of this year’s IAAF Annual Awards and Dinner, taking place on 6 December.

Steve Richardson, AAUK managing director, said: “The IAAF works tirelessly on behalf of the independent automotive aftermarket and we are delighted to sponsor the annual awards dinner for the second year in succession. Coupled with the highly informative conference during the day, the event offers superb networking opportunities and the chance to discuss the future challenges facing the trade.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “We’re genuinely delighted to be welcoming AAUK as sponsor of this year’s Annual Awards and Dinner. They are represented at all levels of the supply chain and are an active supporter of IAAF’s activities, including the Your Car, Your Choice Campaign.”

Other opportunities are still available for Principal and Partner sponsor packages. To download a copy of the leaflet click on the link below. Further information is available from the IAAF Office on 0121 748 4600.


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