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Automechanika Birmingham 2019 to launch ‘The Big UK Garage Event’

Date: 07-Mar-2019

New offering at this year’s show expects to drive garage footfall

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Registration opens for Automechanika Birmingham 2019

Date: 19-Feb-2019

Automechanika Birmingham has announced that visitor registration is now open, enabling visitors to sign up and take advantage of a number of new offers and initiatives available at this year’s show.

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Exhibitor day returns as more businesses sign up for Automechanika Birmingham 2019

Date: 05-Feb-2019

Automechanika Birmingham is hosting an Exhibitor Day designed to ensure exhibiting companies leverage as much as possible out of the show and enhance visitor experience.

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Autoinform LIVE comes to Ireland

Date: 16-Jan-2019

This year, for the first time ever, Autoinform Live will be coming to Ireland from 27-28 April 2019, making its industry-leading, hands-on training sessions accessible to garage owners and technicians in even more locations.

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2018 IAAF conference warns aftermarket of ‘profound transformation’

Date: 12-Dec-2018

The IAAF Annual Conference, sponsored by Impression Communications, addressed some of the ongoing issues that loom large and threaten to impact the aftermarket in 2019 and beyond, including the future UK-EU relationship, the danger of counterfeit goods, fast evolving technology and vital legislation to access in-vehicle data, as it hosted one of the largest conferences to date.

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Innovation key theme of Automechanika Birmingham 2019

Date: 10-Dec-2018

New initiatives for 2019 event unveiled

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NTDA takes action on false Association membership claims

Date: 10-Dec-2018

The NTDA has revealed that it is taking action against a number of UK tyre retailers who are falsely claiming to be members of the Association, are displaying the NTDA logo on their recovery vehicles, websites and marketing collateral, or who are advertising that repair work carried out at their tyre depots is carried out to “the NTDA standard”.

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IAAF announces Ratner as new keynote speaker at Conference

Date: 05-Nov-2018

The IAAF is to welcome British household name and well-known businessman Gerald Ratner as keynote speaker to its Annual Conference in December, sponsored by Impression Communications.

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Ben appoints Steve Nash as Chair of its Board of Trustees and announces three new Board members

Date: 24-Oct-2018

Ben, the independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, has announced the appointment of Steve Nash as Chair of its Board of Trustees.

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The UK trading groups' annual trade show becomes one of the biggest events in the automotive industry

Date: 16-Oct-2018

This year the Alliance Automotive Group UK brought the entire group together to stage one of the industry’s biggest automotive events. On Thursday 4th & Friday 5th October, over 2000 delegates from the GROUPAUTO & UAN trading groups and the AutoCare, United Garage Services and Top Truck garage networks attended the two-day event at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

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Automechanika Birmingham re- appoints Impression Communications for 2019

Date: 10-Oct-2018

Automechanika Birmingham, the leading exhibition for the UK’s automotive industry, has re-appointed specialist PR agency Impression Communications to handle its UK PR for its 2019 event, 4-6 June, NEC.

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Tenneco announces close of Federal-Mogul acquisition

Date: 05-Oct-2018

Tenneco Inc., one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and technology solutions for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket, has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Federal-Mogul LLC, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket.

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Alliance Automotive Group acquires Platinum International Group Ltd.

Date: 05-Oct-2018

Strengthens AAG as a Leading Automotive Parts Distributor in the UK

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Bob Davis passes away

Date: 24-Aug-2018

It was with great sadness that the IAAF has heard of the passing of Bob Davis at the end of July.

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NGK employees' charity cycle success

Date: 17-Aug-2018

Two determined NGK employees have braved the summer heatwave to complete a gruelling near 425-mile cycling marathon to raise funds for charity.

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Brakes, tyres and road wear call for evidence - input required from friction manufacturers

Date: 03-Aug-2018

The government has launched a call for evidence on the impact of emissions from brakes, tyres and road wear.

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UK Road to Zero target ‘far beyond’ European ULEV aims

Date: 03-Aug-2018

The Government wants two in every five new vans sold to have emissions of less than 50g/km of CO2 by 2030. The interim target forms part of its Road to Zero strategy – a plan to phase out conventional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.

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Shock report calls on ministers to scrap the MOT test

Date: 03-Aug-2018

The Independent Garage Association and National Franchised Dealers Association have strongly opposed a report published this week from The Adam Smith Institute which recommends the abolition of the MOT test.

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Derogation ‘opens up’ large van market to alternative fuels

Date: 26-Jul-2018

The new 4.25 tonne van derogation could help to open the large panel van market to alternative fuel commercial vehicles (AFCVs), says Arval.

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Ben’s automotive industry mental health fundraiser is back!

Date: 26-Jul-2018

Save the date and sign up now – Hats on 4 Ben – World Mental Health Day

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DVSA's Annual Review - plans for the future

Date: 26-Jul-2018

DVSA's Annual Review, which has just been published, contains some of DVSA's aims and objectives for the future.

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Understanding the new MOT rules: using video to create further transparency

Date: 26-Jul-2018

At a time when consumers are demanding transparency, convenience and personalisation, the new MOT rules add an additional layer of confusion for motorists when it comes to car repairs.

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Important information : Do you sell batteries or other corrosive materials on-line or deliver these products to residential addresses?

Date: 26-Jul-2018

It has come to our attention that a new proposed piece of legislation ‘The Offensive Weapons Bill 2018’ could have unforeseen consequences for anyone selling batteries or other corrosive materials on-line or delivering to residential addresses.

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IAAF lends its voice to IPO counterfeit campaign

Date: 26-Jul-2018

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has voiced its support for a campaign by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), to raise awareness about the risks posed by counterfeit car parts. This comes as various seizures of counterfeit car parts and accessories have occurred in the UK in the past two years, which is adding to the growing problem worldwide.

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Digraph Manchester open for business

Date: 11-Jul-2018

Second of 16 planned new Digraph branches opens in Manchester

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Digraph ‘Leeds’ the Way - first of 16 planned new Digraph branches opens in Leeds

Date: 25-Jun-2018

The first of 16 planned new Digraph branches has opened in Leeds as the commercial vehicle (CV) factor makes good on its growth promise.

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IAAF’s Williamson re-elected to FIGIEFA board

Date: 25-Jun-2018

Wendy Williamson, chief executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), has been re-elected to the Board and made Treasurer of FIGIEFA, the association representing the needs of the European aftermarket to governments and legislators of the European Union.

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Thriving Automechanika Birmingham 2018 closes its doors until 2019

Date: 21-Jun-2018

More than 10,000 visit UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive industry

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Garage of the Year 2018 winner announced at Automechanika Birmingham

Date: 08-Jun-2018

High-Wycombe-based Hillclimb Garage wins

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IAAF encourages businesses to support the Your Car, Your Choice campaign

Date: 11-May-2018

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is continuing its drive to raise awareness of motorists’ rights through the ‘Your Car, Your Choice’ campaign, supporting key legislation that provides motorists with the freedom to choose where to service, maintain and repair their vehicles.

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Ford to launch new direct parts sales operation – Parts Plus

Date: 09-Apr-2018

Ford is set to launch Parts Plus, a direct sales channel for trade parts.

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Automechanika Birmingham wins ‘Best Trade Show’ at Industry Awards

Date: 05-Apr-2018

Automechanika Birmingham has won two industry awards for the hugely successful second edition of the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production industry.

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MPs demand Government bans sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars earlier than planned

Date: 21-Mar-2018

MPs on four Parliamentary committees have published a joint report on improving air quality calling on the Government to impose tougher restrictions and sooner.

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A tribute to Alec Morgan

Date: 19-Mar-2018

It is with deep regret that we report that Alec Morgan of Banner Batteries died suddenly at the weekend.

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Automechanika Birmingham 2018 - Registration now open

Date: 02-Mar-2018

MOT changes and GDPR just some of the issues on agenda

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Automechanika Birmingham 2018 - Registration now open

Date: 02-Mar-2018

MOT changes and GDPR just some of the issues on agenda

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Messe Frankfurt sets up UK subsidiary

Date: 02-Mar-2018

Messe Frankfurt further expands its international network with the acquisition of Forest Exhibitions Ltd in Godalming, Surrey on 28th February 2018. The Group now has its own subsidiary in the United Kingdom.

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Automechanika Birmingham to tackle major issues affecting automotive aftermarket

Date: 26-Feb-2018

MOT changes and GDPR just some of the issues on agenda

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Get safety recalls fixed – or risk prosecution – DVSA warns car dealers

Date: 20-Feb-2018

Motor traders that sell cars with outstanding safety recalls are breaking the law the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) warns today, as it launches a new service designed to help people buying cars – and dealers themselves – check if cars are safe

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‘Grassroots insight’ plays influential role in crucial Type-Approval legislation vote

Date: 01-Feb-2018

IMCO approves legislation for the aftermarket to maintain in-vehicle data access

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Exhibitor day aims to enhance visitor & exhibitor experience

Date: 31-Jan-2018

Automechanika Birmingham is hosting an Exhibitor Day on 1 March at Birmingham NEC, with the primary aim being to ensure exhibiting companies get the most out of the event and contribute to delivering a truly memorable visitor experience.

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Scrapped MOT proposals welcomed by IAAF

Date: 18-Jan-2018

Proposed changes to the MOT test frequency have been scrapped with IAAF calling it ‘a triumph for the aftermarket and motorists alike’, after months and months of intensive lobbying.

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Automechanika Birmingham 2018 - Latest News

Date: 22-Dec-2017

Automechanika Birmingham 2018 is shaping up to be another fantastic event, with over 500 exhibiting companies planned.

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IAAF and FIGIEFA delighted with provisional Type-Approval legislation

Date: 22-Dec-2017

Represents a “step forward” for aftermarket and access to in-vehicle data

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Ultra Low Emission Zone - Euro 6 vehicles to be classed as low emission

Date: 17-Nov-2017

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is an area of London within which most vehicles will need to meet exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge to travel.

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Automechanika Birmingham launches new website

Date: 23-Oct-2017

Automechanika Birmingham has launched a new website to showcase the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector.

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Automechanika Birmingham - Announcing superb new networking initiatives

Date: 20-Oct-2017

Automechanika Birmingham now offers a NEW facilitated meetings programme, where visitors will be able to match their needs with the products & services of exhibiting companies. For exhibitors, will offer an opportunity to increase quality business conversations, negotiations and contracts with motor factors, distributors, retailers, workshops, OEMs, tier 1 & 2 manufacturers.

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Genuine Parts Company enters definitive agreement to acquire Europe's Alliance Automotive Group

Date: 25-Sep-2017

Genuine Parts Company and Alliance Automotive Group a leading European distributor of vehicle parts, tools and workshop equipment, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Genuine Parts Company will acquire Alliance Automotive Group from private equity funds managed by Blackstone and AAG’s co-founders

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Who’s best in the Independent Aftermarket?

Date: 01-Sep-2017

This year’s Awards Programme is now open

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'Self-driving' lorries to be tested on UK roads

Date: 29-Aug-2017

Small convoys of partially driverless lorries will be trialled on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced.

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The FELLOWSHIP of the MOTOR INDUSTRY - something for you?

Date: 29-Aug-2017

The FELLOWSHIP of the Motor Industry offers a unique opportunity for people to reacquaint with like-minded colleagues and make new Industry friends at exciting and varying social events.

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Vans to go greener and cleaner under new plans

Date: 03-Aug-2017

Changes will allow drivers to drive heavier vans if powered by low emission technology.

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Show highlights from Automechanika Birmingham 2017

Date: 21-Jul-2017

The organisers of Automechanika Birmingham 2017 have now created a show highlights video, with a look to the future with the 2018 dates.

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The importance of keeping the OBD connector

Date: 20-Jul-2017

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has recently welcomed many of the amendments approved by the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee (IMCO), as part of the forthcoming type approval legislation.

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Booking forms despatched for IAAF Conference and Awards Dinner 2017

Date: 20-Jul-2017

The IAAF has advised that the brochure and booking forms for this year's Conference and Awards Dinner have now been sent out to the membership.

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Get fit for work and for life: Ben highlights new health check programme for industry in latest physical health campaign

Date: 17-Jul-2017

Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people, has launched a new campaign today which will spotlight the importance of good physical health to a person’s life.

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IAAF seeks views on parts identification within new Type Approval legislation - Deadline Extended

Date: 04-Jul-2017

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.

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Automechanika Birmingham Feedback

Date: 23-Jun-2017

Opinions sought on 2017 show

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SMMT calls for “business as usual” interim arrangements to avoid cliff edge at UK Automotive Industry summit

Date: 23-Jun-2017

At the SMMT's International Summit held on Tuesday 20th June, the UK automotive industry called on government to seek an interim arrangement with the EU that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU is negotiated and implemented.

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Valeo and Cisco unveil a smart parking service

Date: 19-Jun-2017

Valeo and Cisco have announced that they have signed a cooperation agreement to develop strategic innovations in smart mobility services

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British motorists buy more car parts, accessories and services online than cosmetics or groceries finds new research

Date: 19-Jun-2017

The UK’s car servicing and repair sector grew again in 2016, with turnover rising 2.4% to £21.6 billion, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

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Wendy Williamson offers aftermarket insight at Automechanika

Date: 12-Jun-2017

At Automechanika Birmingham 2017 Wendy Williamson, chief executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), provided an overview of the latest challenges facing the industry in 2017 and how the aftermarket is responding to these issues

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AALG unites the Aftermarket to lobby in a post-Brexit Britain

Date: 24-May-2017

The Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) presented its new lobbying position on European issues that affect the aftermarket in a post-Brexit Britain

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Vauxhall reintroduces scrappage scheme

Date: 24-May-2017

Vauxhall is reintroducing its Scrappage Allowance Scheme, which offers customers £2,000 towards a new Vauxhall when they trade in their old car for scrappage.

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Historic vehicles' MOT consultation

Date: 24-May-2017

Announcement on consultation deferred

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FIGIEFA releases new Connected Car Video

Date: 18-May-2017

FIGIEFA has released a new version of its "Connected Car" video.

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Delphi announces plans for tax-free spin-off of powertrain segment

Date: 03-May-2017

Creating two public companies with focused portfolios of advanced technologies strategically positioned to solve industry’s biggest challenges and increase shareholder value

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Can Independents Benefit From VM Recalls?

Date: 03-May-2017

With the recent revelation, published by respected motoring magazine Auto Express, that most owners ignore VM recalls on their vehicles, TecAlliance calls on the independent to help reverse this trend.

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BEN Cricket Day - 22 June 2017!

Date: 06-Apr-2017

We are delighted to confirm that the teams are filling up nicely for this year’s BEN Cricket Day, and it’s great to see some new names amongst the players! There are still however spaces available, and there is always space for spectators to come along and cheer on your favourite team.

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Automechanika Birmingham is recognised for excellence with two industry accolades!

Date: 06-Apr-2017

Automechanika Birmingham has won two industry awards for the hugely successful launch of the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain in 2016.

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Automechanika Birmingham & Garage Wire partner to launch Garage of the Year

Date: 24-Mar-2017

Automechanika Birmingham, 6-8 June 2017, is set to deliver a bigger and better offering for workshops owners and technicians at the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain. New for 2017, the organisers, in partnership with Garage Wire, have launched a Garage of the Year competition with a cash prize of £1000.

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Automechanika Birmingham announces new opening hours

Date: 10-Mar-2017

The organisers of Automechanika Birmingham have announced longer opening hours for 2017

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PSA Group confirms £1.13 billion acquisition of Vauxhall/Opel

Date: 06-Mar-2017

PSA Group has confirmed that it will acquire Vauxhall/Opel from General Motors for €1.3 billion (£1.13bn)

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Why car servicing costs could be about to rise

Date: 02-Mar-2017

The BBC has published an interview with FIGIEFA's Neil Pattemore on how the discussions on who should have access to all the data new cars generate are becoming more heated.

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IAAF hails early success on type approval revisions

Date: 24-Feb-2017

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has welcomed many of the amendments approved by the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee (IMCO), as part of the forthcoming type approval legislation.

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Wendy Williamson wins ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award

Date: 20-Feb-2017

Wendy Williamson, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) chief executive, has received the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the Car & Accessory Trader (CAT) Awards 2017.

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IAAF Chief Executive interviewed on Radio 4

Date: 20-Feb-2017

The IAAF's Chief Executive Wendy Williamson told the Radio 4 You and Yours programme that proposals to extend the MOT test from three years to four for newer vehicles are fraught with danger.

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London Mayor calls on Government to adopt diesel scrappage scheme

Date: 17-Feb-2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, has called on government to implement his new proposals for a national ‘dirty’ diesel scrappage scheme.

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Dept. for Transport and DVSA launch consultation on MOT changes

Date: 25-Jan-2017

Department for Transport and the DVSA have finally issued the consultation document seeking views on whether the age a vehicle gets its first MOT should be increased from 3 to 4 years

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The UK’s biggest aftermarket event set to be even bigger

Date: 25-Jan-2017

Automechanika Birmingham has made some new and exciting changes for 2017 and is set to deliver the UK’s biggest automotive event once again from 6th-8th June 2017, NEC Birmingham.

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VW emissions - latest news from US and UK

Date: 11-Jan-2017

VW executive charged with conspiracy to defraud in US and UK solicitors apply for group litigation order

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Norway begins digital switchover

Date: 11-Jan-2017

A new era for radio is heralded this week as Norway becomes the first country in the world to begin the process of switching off national FM transmissions to complete the transition to fully digital radio services.

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