IGA stand against EU re-testing proposal

Published 19/03/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) will take a stand against the European Commission’s proposal that will stop mechanics that initially MOT test and repair a vehicle from re-testing that same vehicle.

 

Stuart James, IGA Director, attended a policy breakfast at the EU Parliament this morning with a delegation of MEP's and advisors to discuss the future of roadworthiness testing and the impact any proposed changes would have on the automotive aftermarket. Acting on behalf of the IGA, Stuart James represented the UK’s independent automotive service and repair industry during this meeting.

 

James commented “The IGA is extremely concerned about the proposal that will bar MOT testers from repairing a vehicle that has failed the test and re-testing the same vehicle.

 

“The UK has the one of the highest safety rates on MOT tests and having the same tester has no bearing on this. All this new proposal does is cast unnecessary doubt on the credibility of testers as well as the industry as a whole. The threat may not just be to re-tests but the separation of tests from other activities. The proposal could be interpreted as all testing being separate from repair premises and companies.

 

“The move would be seriously detrimental to our members who are already struggling to do business within a stagnant economy. The proposal would result  in the businesses having to recruit additional resources and qualified testers creating the substantial burden of additional cost which unfortunately would have to be passed on to their customers.

 

“The IGA will continue to liaise with the European Commission to ensure our member’s views are fully represented.”

 

ENDS

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

Keely Scanlan, Press Officer

Tel: 020 7307 3410

Mob: 07825097697

Press Office direct line: 020 7307 3422   

Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406

 

Web: www.rmif.co.uk       Email: keely.scanlan@rmif.co.uk

The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses.  The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

 

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