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LEVC begins fleet trials of new electric van with DPD

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has officially started the real-world testing and trial phase for VN5, its new electric van and parcel delivery firm DPD is the first company to take delivery of…

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Ford boosts connected commercial vehicles: modem, connected services and over-the-air updates now standard

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

Ford is making its commercial vehicles ‘connected as standard’, helping customers and their businesses to thrive by boosting productivity, maximising uptime, and staying at the forefront of technology…

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Update: MOT testing guide for test stations (1)

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

The DVSA has just updated its MOT testing guide for test stations which details how the MOT scheme is administered, the rules for authorised examiners and testers, and the facilities and equipment nee…

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Government urged to advance petrol and diesel ban

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

The Committee on Climate Change has advised the government to bring forward its ban on petrol and diesel vehicles to 2032. The government is working to a provisional date of 2035 to ban the sale of al…

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Autotech Recruit launches FREE OF CHARGE permanent recruitment drive

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

Autotech Recruit is waiving its permanent recruitment fees for the automotive aftermarket, in a bid to help the industry return to full strength. A Quarter 3 initiative, which will launch on 1st July,…

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GS Yuasa Lithium-ion cells delivered to the International Space Station

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

GS Yuasa Lithium-ion cells have been delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) for the fourth time. The transfer marks the successful completion of battery deliveries to support a project to …

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Dayco earns Caterpillar Quality Excellence award

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

Further underlining the inherent quality control standards throughout all its facilities around the world, Dayco’s Suzhou China facility has been recognized as being one of the company’s growing numbe…

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UK car production falls -95.4% in May as sector begins to restart

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

UK car manufacturing output fell -95.4% in May with just 5,314 vehicles rolling off production lines, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The …

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HMRC makes time to pay easier

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

Our colleagues at Xecutive Search have drawn our attention to the fact that businesses and individuals struggling with tax bills can agree a repayment schedule with HMRC. This is often easier said tha…

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Rental e-scooter trials to be allowed from this weekend

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

New regulations allowing trials of rental e-scooters will come into force on Saturday 4 July 2020, Transport Minister Rachel Maclean has announced. The first trials are expected to begin the following…

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Type Approval consultation

Date: Thursday 02 July 2020

The IAAF would like to thank all those members who took the time to send in their responses to the recent consultation document on Type Approval. In its official response to the consultation, the IAAF…

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“End of MOT extension will make the roads safer,” says IAAF

Date: Monday 29 June 2020

Motorists will no longer be able to extend their MOT for six months from 1st August. The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) welcomes the news, arguing that it will not only significa…

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Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August

Date: Monday 29 June 2020

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads minister Baroness Vere has announced today (29 June 2020). Due to the coronavirus outbr…

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Online ‘Industry Briefing Bitesize’ proves successful

Date: Friday 26 June 2020

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has brought its very first online ‘Industry Briefing Bitesize’ to aftermarket professionals, providing them with an informative insight into th…

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“Scrappage schemes are not the answer,” says IAAF

Date: Thursday 25 June 2020

With vehicle manufacturers (VMs) joining forces to call on the government to help the struggling car industry get moving again, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is stressing th…

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Government consultation to restart MOT testing of light vehicles: urgent feedback required

Date: Wednesday 24 June 2020

The IAAF is very pleased to report that following a period of intense lobbying, the government has launched a consultation to restart MOT testing of light vehicles as part of the ongoing cross-Governm…

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Coronavirus: MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers

Date: Monday 22 June 2020

Lorries, buses and trailers have been given 3-month exemptions from needing an MOT, as tests were suspended because of coronavirus. This means that the deadline to get your MOT has changed. You can no…

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GiPA garage survey - latest results

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

On the ninth consecutive week of lockdown in the UK, two thirds of British workshops were open. This average includes franchised dealers, independent motor traders and tyre dealers, as well as nationa…

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Green number plates get the green light for a zero-emission future

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Green number plates are set to be rolled out from autumn, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed, under plans to drive a green economic recovery. As part of the government’s plans to achieve n…

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Start of Summer

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Lockdown continues in Wales with some gentle lifting on restrictions stimulating tentative uptake of services at the award winning Avia Autos. Returning to work was surprisingly difficult for me, it p…

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Comline announces social media competition

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

British aftermarket parts brand, Comline, has announced the launch of a fun and engaging social media competition designed to fill the void left by the postponement of EURO 2020. Focusing on automotiv…

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Euro Car Parts becomes ‘LKQ Euro Car Parts'

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

The Euro Car Parts and Andrew Page businesses are to rebrand as ‘LKQ Euro Car Parts’. LKQ Euro Car Parts says the decision reflects its position as a leading business in the UK and European aftermarke…

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OSRAM expands Trust Programme to continue to fight the fakes in the aftermarket

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Lighting specialist, OSRAM, has expanded its highly accredited Trust Programme as counterfeit parts continue to be a problem in the aftermarket. OSRAM is urging businesses in the automotive aftermarke…

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COVID-19: financial scams and cyber security

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Cyber fraud and security for businessesCriminals are taking advantage of Coronavirus and the package of measures to support people and businesses announced by the Government. They text, email or phone…

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“In times of crisis, business leaders need to step up”

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Richard Welland talks exclusively to Mark Field in Episode 2 of Monday’s with Mark – Putting the motive in automotive” about how extensive preparations enabled the business to so far survive and thriv…

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Schaeffler puts spotlight on REPXPERT workshop portal

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

By experts. For experts: that is the message from the Schaeffler team when quizzed on the purpose of REPXPERT. It is an online technical platform dedicated to professional vehicle technicians, chock f…

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SMP Europe accelerates engineering development

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

SMP Europe has made numerous changes to its business throughout the ‘lockdown period’ as it focuses on its engineering expertise and greater product development. The company has used the time to renov…

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New Sales Director at SMP Europe

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

SMP Europe has made changes to its sales team, with the appointment of Wayne Hodgkisson, as its new Sales Director. Wayne has previously overseen the company’s tier 1 sales strategy, where he was succ…

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Yuasa warns workshops might be fitting wrong batteries to vehicles

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Yuasa are highlighting the risks of using general battery lookup systems to find replacement vehicle batteries. The battery brand, manufactured by GS Yuasa, are recommending workshops refer to their i…

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Huge demand for Schaeffler’s ‘BACK ON TRACK’ workshop essentials packs

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Schaeffler’s efforts to get garages ‘back on track’ and open for business, as the Government encourages the population to return to work while staying alert, has been enthusiastically welcomed across …

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Park Distance Control - HELLA offers its knowledge

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Knowledge of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is becoming a necessary requirement in the aftermarket as more vehicles with these systems are entering the workshop. HELLA is an ADAS specialist…

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A blog about Cataclean

Date: Thursday 18 June 2020

Hi everyone, A quick introduction, I am Daniel Rowbottom and I am a Professional British Touring Car driver and full time garage owner. Even with these very full time occupations I am always looking o…

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IAAF goes virtual to keep industry connected

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2020

Aftermarket businesses have had to adapt due to the current pandemic, and the way in which professionals connect and engage with one another is no exception. As a result, members of the Independent Au…

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Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund – how it can help your business

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2020

The government has launched the second round of applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. It’s for businesses that aren’t in the leisure, retail and hospitality industries. With …

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Creating business resilience and success through video

Date: Friday 12 June 2020

We are in truly unprecedented times. The Global reset switch has been pressed and the coming months/years that lie ahead will be challenging, uncertain and very different to say the least! All busines…

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ECP launches back-to-work packs to help garages reopen safely

Date: Friday 12 June 2020

Euro Car Parts has created a new product bundle to help garages access essential cleaning equipment and PPE. For £29.99, garages can buy a ‘Back to Work Pack’ complete with a 500ml antibacterial hand …

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UK Government Trade Credit Support Scheme

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

On 4th June 2020 the details of the Government Trade Credit Support Scheme were announced. The Government will support UK private sector B2B trade credit insurers with a £10 billion guarantee from 1st…

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COVID-19: Furlough is changing

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

Lawgistics, the IAAF's legal helpline provider has produced a summary of the changes that were recently announced to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the updated government guidance. Closure t…

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COVID-19: General advice for members

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

In light of the speed of changes with regard to the ongoing situation, members are urged to check regularly for the latest government information and advice and to promptly follow all recommendations …

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Class action wins first round in VW 'dieselgate' case

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

Thousands of UK motorists have won the first stage of a High Court action against Volkswagen over the installation of emissions cheating devices in its diesel vehicles. It follows a preliminary hearin…

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COVID-19: No clean air zones until 2021

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

The introduction of clean air zones (CAZs) is to be delayed until the Government overcomes the COVID-19 pandemic. Rebecca Pow, a junior minister at the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affai…

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COVID-19: Guidance and advice for First Aiders

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

A First Aider is generally called upon to treat relatively minor injuries. Sometimes they may have to treat serious injuries. Rarely, the trained First Aider may have to address very serious and life-…

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Vehicle ownership in UK surpasses 40 million, with many still on the roads supporting nationwide Coronavirus response

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

The number of vehicles registered for use on British roads has surpassed 40 million for the first time, according to new Motorparc data released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders…

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Social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities during the coronavirus outbreak - guidance from HSE

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

Social distancingIn these extraordinary times, HSE is constantly reviewing the fast-moving situation with our partners across government to support the national effort to tackle COVID-19. While social…

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Latest updates to Companies House services

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Companies House is closely following Public Health England guidelines. They have plans in place to maintain services for customers and to protect th…

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HMRC Guidance: Reporting payments in PAYE Real Time Information from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

See below for information on how and when to report payments to HMRC made to employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme using the PAYE Real Time Information system. If you have not yet submi…

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COVID-19: Annual leave whilst on furlough

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

IAAF legal helpline provider Lawgistics have summarised information received regarding annual leave for employees who have been furloughed as It is coming up to holiday season and naturally, employees…

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COVID-19: Reminder about government guidelines

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve on a daily basis, a number of automotive aftermarket businesses that had previously closed have begun to reopen due to increased demand . As a reminder …

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COVID-19 Support from HMRC

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

HMRC has a range of online support to guide businesses through the new measures, announced by the Chancellor, to help deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19. As part of the government’s commitment…

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Important information related to unoccupied property

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

Boswell aftermarket have produced guidance on unoccupancy clauses contained in insurance policies. The document covers both properties and contract sites, as well as providing advice on how to manage …

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