RMI BODYSHOPS TEAM UP WITH SMMT GROUP TO ADDRESS LACK OF INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP

Published 04/05/2016 00:00:00 in Press Releases

RMI Bodyshops (NAB/VBRA)  and members from the SMMT’s Vehicle Manufacturers Body Repair Working Group (VMBRWG) will be meeting on the 11 May 2016 to develop a set of actions addressing the body repair industry’s issues in relation to the cost, requirements and governance of current industry standards and accreditation of technicians.

Jason Moseley, Director of RMI Bodyshops comments, “We are fully supportive of standards and skills that reflect the needs of our industry.

“A key component is that the manufacturers driving technology in vehicles must have an input and voice to the required practices that ensure a safe and effective repair. It is paramount that industry standards and skills reflect the changing needs of the sector and do not become an unwieldly and inflexible bureaucratic problem.”

Members have been vocal in that they cannot continue to take on the increasing burden for duplicated training costs and are frustrated by the way in which focus is being shifted from training based competence to assessment based ‘Tickets’.

Moseley concludes, “In recent months we have publically voiced our members concerns on the type’s parts that are being specified in repairing customers’ vehicles. Consumers need to have a choice and competition is a good thing. However, transparency, quality and safety remain the 3 key concerns impacting our member’s businesses.

“The vehicle manufactures have a significant stake in our industry’s future and our upcoming meeting will explore how best we can work together to establish leadership and direction for our members and the sector as a whole – something we jointly believe is lacking today.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Rupal Rawal, Press 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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