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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Diesel registration hit all-time high

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published figures suggesting that reports of the death of diesel have been greatly exaggerated.

It found that more British car buyers registered a new diesel car than ever before, with almost a quarter of a million new diesel cars representing an all-time high. In 2016, a record 1.3 million new diesel cars were registered in the UK, up 0.6% on the previous year – a trend that’s continuing in 2017 with March figures higher than any month in history.

The SMMT added that diesel can still play a key role in tackling climate change and pollution in urban areas, pointing out that diesel cars emit, on average, 20% lower CO2 than petrol equivalents and that since 2002 diesel cars have saved 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 from going into the atmosphere.

It also found that almost one in every two new cars registered in the UK is a diesel, with buyers valuing their high performance and low fuel consumption. On average, diesels use 20% less fuel than like for like petrol models, while more than 99% of the UK’s 4.4 million commercial vehicles are powered by diesel, covering over 61 billion miles every year.

Meanwhile, advanced diesel technology has virtually eliminated emissions of particulate matter, while the latest Euro 6 vehicles are the cleanest in history and classed as low emission, meaning drivers of these vehicles will be free to enter London’s Low Emission Zones without charge.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, ‘Euro 6 diesel cars on sale today are the cleanest in history. Not only have they drastically reduced or banished particulates, sulphur and carbon monoxide but they also emit vastly lower NOx than their older counterparts – a fact recognised by London in their exemption from the Ultra Low Emission Zone that will come into force in 2019. Some recent reports have failed to differentiate between these much cleaner cars and vehicles of the past. This is unfair and dismissive of progress made. In addition to their important contribution to improving air quality, diesel cars are also a key part of action to tackle climate change while allowing millions of people, particularly those who regularly travel long distances, to do so as affordably as possible.’

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Sir Arnold Clark dies aged 89

The company he founded in 1954, Arnold Clark Automobiles, announced he has died peacefully at home.

It released a statement saying it was saddened to announce the passing of its founder and chairman.

“Sir Arnold was a truly inspirational business leader and influential public figure,” the company said.

A family statement reads: “Sir Arnold Clark passed away peacefully this morning, 10 April 2017, surrounded by his family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and a great friend and employer to many.

“He was an inspiration and the family will continue to carry on his vision. He will be greatly missed”.


Sir Arnold was knighted in 2004. He founded the dealer group after leaving the RAF and opened his first dealership in 1954.

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South Africa Ford recalls Kugas over fires

US car giant Ford has recalled more than 4,500 of its Kuga model in South Africa for safety checks after dozens of them have caught fire since 2015.

Investigations show the fires were caused by overheating in some parts of the engine which led to oil leaks, said Ford SA chief executive Jeff Nemeth.
The recall affects the 1.6 litre model, built in Spain between 2012 and 2014.

The firm has been under pressure to act since motorist Reshall Jimmy, 33, burnt to death in his Kuga in 2015.

A total of 48 of the vehicles have so far caught fire in South Africa‚ 11 of them in one month, the local TimesLive newspaper reported.

South Africa’s motor industry ombudsman Johan van Vreden has demanded that “Ford must act – now.”

“One or two vehicles in the same model range catching fire is not unusual‚ but almost 50… it’s crazy‚ especially in a small market like ours,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

Mr Nemeth said he could confirm 39 vehicles burning, but there may be other cases which had not been reported to the firm.

He understood the concerns of owners and the firm would “work with dealers to ensure each case is treated fairly”.

Recalled vehicles would be subjected to a software update and a check on the cylinder head‚ Mr Nemeth added.

He said that an investigation which led to Mr Jimmy’s vehicle burning while he was on holiday had not been concluded, but it appeared to be unrelated to the engine catching fire.

“We are not aware of any injuries that have resulted from our engine compartment fires,” Mr Nemeth added, while offering condolences to Mr Jimmy’s family.
Mr Nemeth spoke at a joint news conference with representatives of the family and the National Consumer Commission, which had been putting pressure on the firm to act.

“This issue has dragged on for too long‚” said commissioner Ibrahim Mohammad.

Mr Jimmy’s brother, Kaveen, said his family was planning legal action against the car giant for a “very senseless death”.

The DVSA in the UK has confirmed that there will be a Recall notice on Ford Kugas in the UK.

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Rooster roars out of the blocks

The British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) 2017 roared into life at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 25th & 26th March, with Rooster’s Luke Taylor showing a turn of pace that will stand the team in good stead for the long season ahead.

The sun shone and the crowds came out in force at a picture-perfect Brands Hatch, and truck racing fans soon had evidence that Rooster – ably supported by partners G-Truck and UAN Truck – would be a force to be reckoned with in 2017.

After a truncated first practice session – one truck span into the gravel and had to be retrieved – Luke spent the qualifying session showing just what the team’s new MAN racing truck (affectionately named King Klaus) could do.

On fire
“Luke was on fire,” says team manager David Taylor. “With his mentor (European truck racing legend) Jochen Hahn presiding over events, Luke blasted into position two on the grid, which shows just how fast he can be in this truck.”

Taking second place in the first qualifying session of the season would be an impressive feat for any driver making his first competitive outing in a new truck. What made Luke’s achievement more surprising is that the young driver had spent the best part of half of last season sidelined with a serious wrist injury.

It wouldn’t be the last good news for Rooster on a successful Saturday of breakneck racing. Luke took a battling third place in the first race of the new season, and Rooster’s delight at a first podium finish so early in the championship was matched by their joy in the performance of the new MAN racing truck.

“The truck is just amazing,” says David. “It’s a thing of engineering beauty, both in full flight and stationary on the grid. It looks superb and drives brilliantly.”

Fastest lap
Sunday was a more mixed day for the team, at least in terms of results. Luke finished in the middle of the pack in each of the three races, which was perhaps evidence of a driver yet to fully familiarise himself with a new machine.

But the results don’t tell the whole story of another exciting day. Brands Hatch was always going to be about testing Rooster’s new potential, and the last of the day’s races showed just what that potential might be. Luke finished in seventh place, but posted the fastest lap of the race and the second fastest lap of the entire weekend. If he can translate that sort of driving into podium finishes, the season holds considerable promise.

“This is the Chinese Year of the Rooster and Luke’s confidence is sky high,” says David. “He is very focused. We also have new recruits to the team and of course the superb backing of partners G-Truck & UAN Truck and all our sponsors. Taken together, that makes an awesome looking package.”

Partners make “awesome package”
Martin Sangster, Commercial Manager for G-Truck, added: “It was a fantastic weekend for Rooster as well as for G-Truck, UAN Truck, and all the partners. The weather was great and the truck looked at its absolute best – it will look superb on the TV coverage! There was a nice crowd who were happy to mingle in the paddock and see what this team is all about.”

The BTRC championship now moves on to Pembrey, South Wales, on 22/23 April, after which Rooster and the team take a trip to Austria to compete in ETRC FIA European Truck Racing. “These are exciting times for Rooster,” says David. “Watch this space.”

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MoT Consultation due next week

As previously reported, the IAAF is vigorously fighting the proposed changes to the MoT testing regime to a 4:1:1 frequency.  The IAAF has now completed a proposed submission to the consultation document issued at the end of January with a 12 week period for responses.

A copy of the draft is on the IAAF website and members can access this by visiting the IAAF website and then logging into the General Members area.

To visit the IAAF website, CLICK HERE.

If you experience any difficulty in accessing the IAAF members please contact Ann Silvester at the IAAF Office either by email or by telephoning 0121 748 4600.

If you have any feedback or comments on the document, please contact the IAAF Office using the link below before next Wednesday, 12th April 2017.

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