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“End of MOT extension will make the roads safer,” says IAAF

Date: Monday 29 June 2020

Motorists will no longer be able to extend their MOT for six months from 1st August. The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) welcomes the news, arguing that it will not only significa…

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Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August

Date: Monday 29 June 2020

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads minister Baroness Vere has announced today (29 June 2020). Due to the coronavirus outbr…

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Online ‘Industry Briefing Bitesize’ proves successful

Date: Friday 26 June 2020

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has brought its very first online ‘Industry Briefing Bitesize’ to aftermarket professionals, providing them with an informative insight into th…

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“Scrappage schemes are not the answer,” says IAAF

Date: Thursday 25 June 2020

With vehicle manufacturers (VMs) joining forces to call on the government to help the struggling car industry get moving again, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is stressing th…

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Government consultation to restart MOT testing of light vehicles: urgent feedback required

Date: Wednesday 24 June 2020

The IAAF is very pleased to report that following a period of intense lobbying, the government has launched a consultation to restart MOT testing of light vehicles as part of the ongoing cross-Governm…

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Coronavirus: MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers

Date: Monday 22 June 2020

Lorries, buses and trailers have been given 3-month exemptions from needing an MOT, as tests were suspended because of coronavirus. This means that the deadline to get your MOT has changed. You can no…

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GiPA garage survey - latest results

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

On the ninth consecutive week of lockdown in the UK, two thirds of British workshops were open. This average includes franchised dealers, independent motor traders and tyre dealers, as well as nationa…

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Green number plates get the green light for a zero-emission future

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Green number plates are set to be rolled out from autumn, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed, under plans to drive a green economic recovery. As part of the government’s plans to achieve n…

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Start of Summer

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Lockdown continues in Wales with some gentle lifting on restrictions stimulating tentative uptake of services at the award winning Avia Autos. Returning to work was surprisingly difficult for me, it p…

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Comline announces social media competition

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

British aftermarket parts brand, Comline, has announced the launch of a fun and engaging social media competition designed to fill the void left by the postponement of EURO 2020. Focusing on automotiv…

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Euro Car Parts becomes ‘LKQ Euro Car Parts'

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

The Euro Car Parts and Andrew Page businesses are to rebrand as ‘LKQ Euro Car Parts’. LKQ Euro Car Parts says the decision reflects its position as a leading business in the UK and European aftermarke…

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OSRAM expands Trust Programme to continue to fight the fakes in the aftermarket

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Lighting specialist, OSRAM, has expanded its highly accredited Trust Programme as counterfeit parts continue to be a problem in the aftermarket. OSRAM is urging businesses in the automotive aftermarke…

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COVID-19: financial scams and cyber security

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Cyber fraud and security for businessesCriminals are taking advantage of Coronavirus and the package of measures to support people and businesses announced by the Government. They text, email or phone…

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“In times of crisis, business leaders need to step up”

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Richard Welland talks exclusively to Mark Field in Episode 2 of Monday’s with Mark – Putting the motive in automotive” about how extensive preparations enabled the business to so far survive and thriv…

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Schaeffler puts spotlight on REPXPERT workshop portal

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

By experts. For experts: that is the message from the Schaeffler team when quizzed on the purpose of REPXPERT. It is an online technical platform dedicated to professional vehicle technicians, chock f…

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SMP Europe accelerates engineering development

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

SMP Europe has made numerous changes to its business throughout the ‘lockdown period’ as it focuses on its engineering expertise and greater product development. The company has used the time to renov…

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New Sales Director at SMP Europe

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

SMP Europe has made changes to its sales team, with the appointment of Wayne Hodgkisson, as its new Sales Director. Wayne has previously overseen the company’s tier 1 sales strategy, where he was succ…

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Yuasa warns workshops might be fitting wrong batteries to vehicles

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Yuasa are highlighting the risks of using general battery lookup systems to find replacement vehicle batteries. The battery brand, manufactured by GS Yuasa, are recommending workshops refer to their i…

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Huge demand for Schaeffler’s ‘BACK ON TRACK’ workshop essentials packs

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Schaeffler’s efforts to get garages ‘back on track’ and open for business, as the Government encourages the population to return to work while staying alert, has been enthusiastically welcomed across …

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Park Distance Control - HELLA offers its knowledge

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Knowledge of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is becoming a necessary requirement in the aftermarket as more vehicles with these systems are entering the workshop. HELLA is an ADAS specialist…

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A blog about Cataclean

Date: Thursday 18 June 2020

Hi everyone, A quick introduction, I am Daniel Rowbottom and I am a Professional British Touring Car driver and full time garage owner. Even with these very full time occupations I am always looking o…

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IAAF goes virtual to keep industry connected

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2020

Aftermarket businesses have had to adapt due to the current pandemic, and the way in which professionals connect and engage with one another is no exception. As a result, members of the Independent Au…

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Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund – how it can help your business

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2020

The government has launched the second round of applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. It’s for businesses that aren’t in the leisure, retail and hospitality industries. With …

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Creating business resilience and success through video

Date: Friday 12 June 2020

We are in truly unprecedented times. The Global reset switch has been pressed and the coming months/years that lie ahead will be challenging, uncertain and very different to say the least! All busines…

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ECP launches back-to-work packs to help garages reopen safely

Date: Friday 12 June 2020

Euro Car Parts has created a new product bundle to help garages access essential cleaning equipment and PPE. For £29.99, garages can buy a ‘Back to Work Pack’ complete with a 500ml antibacterial hand …

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UK Government Trade Credit Support Scheme

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

On 4th June 2020 the details of the Government Trade Credit Support Scheme were announced. The Government will support UK private sector B2B trade credit insurers with a £10 billion guarantee from 1st…

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COVID-19: Furlough is changing

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

Lawgistics, the IAAF's legal helpline provider has produced a summary of the changes that were recently announced to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the updated government guidance. Closure t…

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COVID-19: General advice for members

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

In light of the speed of changes with regard to the ongoing situation, members are urged to check regularly for the latest government information and advice and to promptly follow all recommendations …

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Class action wins first round in VW 'dieselgate' case

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

Thousands of UK motorists have won the first stage of a High Court action against Volkswagen over the installation of emissions cheating devices in its diesel vehicles. It follows a preliminary hearin…

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COVID-19: No clean air zones until 2021

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

The introduction of clean air zones (CAZs) is to be delayed until the Government overcomes the COVID-19 pandemic. Rebecca Pow, a junior minister at the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affai…

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COVID-19: Guidance and advice for First Aiders

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

A First Aider is generally called upon to treat relatively minor injuries. Sometimes they may have to treat serious injuries. Rarely, the trained First Aider may have to address very serious and life-…

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Vehicle ownership in UK surpasses 40 million, with many still on the roads supporting nationwide Coronavirus response

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

The number of vehicles registered for use on British roads has surpassed 40 million for the first time, according to new Motorparc data released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders…

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Social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities during the coronavirus outbreak - guidance from HSE

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

Social distancingIn these extraordinary times, HSE is constantly reviewing the fast-moving situation with our partners across government to support the national effort to tackle COVID-19. While social…

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Latest updates to Companies House services

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Companies House is closely following Public Health England guidelines. They have plans in place to maintain services for customers and to protect th…

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HMRC Guidance: Reporting payments in PAYE Real Time Information from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

See below for information on how and when to report payments to HMRC made to employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme using the PAYE Real Time Information system. If you have not yet submi…

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COVID-19: Annual leave whilst on furlough

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

IAAF legal helpline provider Lawgistics have summarised information received regarding annual leave for employees who have been furloughed as It is coming up to holiday season and naturally, employees…

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COVID-19: Reminder about government guidelines

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve on a daily basis, a number of automotive aftermarket businesses that had previously closed have begun to reopen due to increased demand . As a reminder …

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COVID-19 Support from HMRC

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

HMRC has a range of online support to guide businesses through the new measures, announced by the Chancellor, to help deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19. As part of the government’s commitment…

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Important information related to unoccupied property

Date: Friday 05 June 2020

Boswell aftermarket have produced guidance on unoccupancy clauses contained in insurance policies. The document covers both properties and contract sites, as well as providing advice on how to manage …

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Bright spot for LIQUI MOLY

Date: Wednesday 29 April 2020

Lubricant specialist LIQUI MOLY remains the undisputed most popular oil brand in Germany. This was decided by the readers of the largest car magazines in the country. The special aspect: For two of th…

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Liqui Moly trebles donation of product to German emergency services

Date: Monday 27 April 2020

1 million euros is certainly not what it used to be. On Maundy Thursday, Liqui Moly made a donation of their products worth 1 million euro to help hospitals, emergency services and fire brigades to al…

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Motor factor donates 'egg-cellent' surprise to local causes

Date: Monday 27 April 2020

Autoparts UK has donated hundreds of Easter eggs to a number of charities and good causes in a bid to raise spirits and support children in local communities. In Inverness, a total of 120 eggs were do…

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Claiming for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Date: Monday 27 April 2020

Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You’ll need to: check that b…

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Third workshop survey findings from Comma

Date: Monday 27 April 2020

As the UK enters its fifth week of the Coronavirus restrictions on movement and social distancing, in a third poll undertaken for leading aftermarket lubricant brand, Comma, workshops revealed how the…

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Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020 - update

Date: Monday 27 April 2020

Cars, vans or motorcycles' MOT expiry dates will be extended by 6 months where they are due on or after 30 March 2020 - but the vehicle must be maintained in a safe-to-drive condition. The new rules h…

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Vehicle sanitiser kit brought to market by WAI

Date: Monday 27 April 2020

With the UK facing unprecedented circumstances, WAI has used its global supply chain to source products the automotive aftermarket requires to keep business moving, bringing a high-level, non-corrosiv…

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Chancellor expands loan scheme for large businesses

Date: Monday 27 April 2020

A government-backed loan scheme for large businesses affected by coronavirus has been expanded to cover all viable firms, the Chancellor has announced. Outlining further details of the Coronavirus Lar…

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By popular demand! Exol’s 15W-40 now available in 5-litres

Date: Friday 17 April 2020

Due to increased demand, customers in the agricultural and commercial vehicle sectors can now access Exol&rsquo,s most popular high-grade, Taurus SHPD E7 15W-40 heavy-duty engine oil in five-litre…

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New to range EPS parts from Shaftec - and a top-tip thrown in

Date: Thursday 09 April 2020

Having only appeared on the market in 1999, Electric Power Steering (EPS) is still a relatively recent automotive development. The first car to showcase it was the Fiat Punto which implemented a very …

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Autoparts UK, Midwest Motor Factors and Monmore close as resources provided to assist NHS and frontline workers

Date: Tuesday 07 April 2020

Autoparts UK, Midwest Motor Factors and Monmore Autoparts will temporarily close until at least Monday 13 April, following the government&rsquo,s new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.   As …

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