‘New look’ Automechanika boosts its garage offering

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Event to introduce Garage Quarter and tackle issues affecting garage businesses. Automechanika Birmingham will tackle all the major issues affecting businesses in the automotive aftermarket, with a focus on garages, according to Event Director Simon Albert. The event, which takes place from 5 to 7 June at Birmingham NEC is geared towards meeting the needs of end users, in particular…

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Garage of the Year 2018 now open for entries

Garage of The Year 2018

Winner to be announced at Automechanika Birmingham Independent garages from across the UK are being urged to enter Automechanika Birmingham’s renowned ‘Garage of the Year’ awards which is now open for entries, celebrating the unsung heroes of the aftermarket. Sponsored by the Independent Garage Association and run in partnership with Garage Wire, the competition is open to all garage businesses…

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Diesel MOT Test limit changes

Garage Equipment Association

On 20 May 2018 the new Roadworthiness Directive will introduce new MOT emission limits for some diesel vehicles. This includes the introduction of testing vehicles to the manufacturer’s plate value, when present, along with a new lower default limit for newer vehicles. Therefore the examiner will be prompted to look for the plate value first, before using the default limits.…

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New MOT Manual – changes preview

New MOT Notification service

The new MOT Testers’ Manual is significantly different from anything that has gone before. It is the most extensively modified version of the Manual since the MOT Test was first introduced nearly 60 years ago. The structure and layout is different, and there are numerous new ‘Testable Items’, and many current such items have been removed. There are also numerous…

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Automechanika Birmingham 2018 – driving the industry’s future

Automechanika 2018

The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy accounting for more than £71 billion turnover* and you’re a key part of it. Attend Automechanika Birmingham, the UK’s leading event for your industry, to see what the future holds. Whether you buy, sell, engineer or repair, Automechanika Birmingham offers hundreds of opportunities for both aftermarket and vehicle production…

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4-1-1 MOT Testing rejected by Government

New MOT Notification service

For many months now the Government have been considering the responses to their plans to defer for a year when cars and light commercial vehicles should have their first MOT. At MOT Testing, we at MOT Testing magazine protested very strongly about taking a step which would seriously endanger road safety by killing and seriously injuring more people in car…

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Draft of new MOT Inspection Manual released

New Tester's Manual Draft

DVSA have released a ‘Final Draft’ of the new MOT Inspection Manual. The Manual is based on domestic legislation currently in force and complies with Annex I to Directive 2014/45/EU. Future changes in legislation or in vehicle equipment design may result in variations to the test requirements. This will probably be the final version which will be circulated to Testing…

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New MOT Test classes announced

New MOT Notification service

The MOT Test vehicle class designations are changing. Vehicle classes by numbers like Class 2, 3, 4 and so on will eventually be replaced by the system used elsewhere in the world with seven different categories, as follows: Category L2e vehicle A three wheeled vehicle (tricycle) classed as a moped – a maximum speed not exceeding 45km/h, not more than…

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IGA to investigate consumer reference sites

Independent Garage Association

If you run an MOT business you will over the last couple of years have been bombarded with e-mails from consumer internet reference sites offering to get you sales leads for MOTs and repair work. Of course they will skim off some of your margin, but it can be very enticing – who wouldn’t want an extra 20 or more…

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Changes in MOT Vehicle Class definitions

New MOT Notification service

From May 20th 2018, new vehicle classes will apply with respect to the MOT, which are those currently used broadly elsewhere throughout the world. There is no direct transposition between the current vehicle classes we use in the UK MOT and the new vehicle class definitions. So, for example, some of our current classes may include vehicles from two of…

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MOT Workshop 58 – MOT Training

MOT Workshop Magazine 58

Editor Jim Punter, an AE for over 40 years, and in years gone by an MOT Tester, provides an insight into the new MOT Training arrangements for Testers and MOT Managers – including Site Managers and AEs. This year MOT Training has been revolutionised. Since the inception of the MOT Testing Scheme in the late 1950s and early 1960s, MOT…

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New MOT Guide published

new MOT Guide

At long last DVSA have this morning issued Special Notice 3 – 2017 entitled, “Revision of the MOT Testing Guide 6th edition”. This is long overdue, the old Guide still referring to the old Atos computer system, and DVSA’s own training provisions, both now long gone. The main changes are under the following headings: Terminology: VOSA is now DVSA, Nominated…

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Automechanika Birmingham 2017 opens its doors to automotive trade

Authomechanika Birmingham

Automechanika Birmingham, the UK’s largest automotive trade exhibition, has now officially opened its doors as it returns to celebrate the thriving automotive aftermarket and supply chain sectors and consider the future of the industry. With more than 800 exhibitors, including over 250 companies exhibiting for the first time, automotive parts distributors, garages, tyre fitters, retailers, dealerships and vehicle manufacturers now…

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Automechanika Birmingham wins accolades

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. Winning two accolades at the eleventh Exhibition News Awards, on Thursday 30th March, the Automechanika Birmingham team proudly took to the stage to collect the awards for expanding the Automechanika brand and for the…

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The very best of the automotive industry meets at the NEC 6-8 June 2017

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Looking for that one exhibition that serves the entire automotive aftermarket? You’ve found it! Automechanika Birmingham is your chance to see the very best of the industry at the UK’s biggest automotive trade event. Over 800 exhibitors now confirmed 70% bigger than in 2016 Now in five halls Who’s there? Major players from the aftermarket Parts and components: Schaeffler (UK)…

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Trade User Group Meeting Presentation

Trade User Group Presentation Slide 1

Periodically, perhaps twice a year DVSA hold so called Trade User Group or ‘TUG’ meetings attended not only by Senior Executives from Trade Bodies, but also others with a wider interest in the MOT Testing Scheme, including representatives from national ‘fast-fit’ MOT businesses as well a couple of owners of smaller Testing Stations. The aim of the meetings is for…

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