Published 21/07/2014 00:00:00 in Press Releases

After the recent statement from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) regarding the IMI’s Accreditation (ATA) for the accident repair sector, Frank Harvey, Head of the National Association of Bodyshops (NAB), made the following comments:

“It is encouraging to see that the IMI are taking heed of the Accident Repair ATA Steering Groups concerns regarding ATA re-accreditations.

“However, the NAB urges the IMI to make these changes a priority as the ongoing costs and restrictive policies currently in place are causing financial burden to many of our members.

“Greater flexibility is required and this recent statement from the IMI is welcomed, yet the inference in the statement appears to indicate the process could take some time to implement.

“The IMI should act quickly to ensure ATA remains fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of the sector”.




The National Association of Bodyshops is the leading not-for-profit trade association representing the UK body repair sector. Its members include the UK's leading body repair centres and regardless of whether they are a large group or a small independent. Being a part of the NAB provides a repairer with a range of services which provide measurable benefits to support their business.

The NAB engages with all professional industry organisations, legislative bodies and government to ensure our members and the sectors' views are communicated and represented. The NAB is proactive in their support on initiatives and will always lobby on any initiative which results in a positive outcome for the UK Body Repair sector.

Rupal Rawal, Communications Officer
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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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