Trust My Garage to become a government backed code

Published 18/06/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The Independent Garage Association’s (IGA) Trust My Garage (TMG) scheme is set to become a government approved code specifically for the independent garage sector.

 

Following the move of the consumer codes approval scheme into the Trading Standards Institute (TSi) the IGA has announced that Trust My Garage will become the consumer facing badge of the whole independent sector.

 

The Trust My Garage consumer code will be unique as it will only be open to independent garage businesses. The code will highlight the qualities within the independent sector and promote peace of mind to its customers.

 

Stuart James, IGA Director, commented “Recently there has been criticism surrounding independent garage businesses which in many cases the IGA believes to be unsubstantiated and unjustified. With the independent sector being so huge the IGA believe that it is right to stand up for all the good independent garages.

 

“However, we accept there are a small number of garage businesses in the independent sector that cause consumer concerns. A Trust My Garage code will work with Trading Standards and other consumer bodies to address these concerns and offer assurance to consumers by driving out the cowboys.

 

“The code will start with the service repair industry and will help consumers identify good local garages who offer good customer service and a quality repair.

 

“The IGA is also evaluating the feasibility of extending the Trust My Garage brand to a code for independent used car sales. At this point Trust my Garage will truly represent the entire independent garage sector.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  1. The IGA has submitted an expression of interest to the Trading Standards Institute. The submission of interest has been approved and the Trust My Garage code is now at stage one of approval
  2. The Trust My Garage code will be open to all independent garages that are members of a motoring trade body
  3. The Trust My Garage code will have a strong disciplinary framework to ensure it identifies any bad garages whilst supporting the good garages
  4. The Trust My Garage code scheme will be operated by RMI Standards & Certification (RMISC – a subsidiary of the RMIF ) on behalf of the IGA
  5. The Trust My Garage logo is attached

 

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

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