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Electric vehicle owners to pay tax for first time under fresh Budget plans

News "not surprising", says IMI as government seeks to fill shortfall in road tax as EV ownership continues to rise. Owners of electric cars will...

Next MOT “unaffordable” for 40% of motorists, research finds

Five million drivers admitted they have been driving without a valid MOT certificate in the past year Four in ten motorists fear they can’t afford...

Motorists holding onto cars for longer amid cost-of-living crisis, survey findings show

A fifth of car owners have spent more on repairs than they think their vehicle is worth More than half of motorists with older cars...

Third of all local roads across England in need of repair

Drivers around 1.5 times more likely to suffer a pothole-related breakdown than they were in 2006, data suggests Data released by the Department for Transport...

OESAA launches training roadshow to inspire technicians

First event to take place at Lincoln College on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 January,2023 The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) has announced the...

IAAF confirms 2022 conference line-up

Conference to be held Thursday 8 December at Double Tree Hilton, Milton Keynes The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has confirmed its speaker line-up for...

IAAF urges UK government “not to mess” with current MOT

Automotive aftermarket continues to push back against MOT weakening The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is urging Mark Harper, the new Secretary of State for...

VAT-registered must use Making Tax Digital compatible software, IGA reminds workshops

Businesses must now use compatible software to keep VAT records and file returns The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is urging garage owners to ensure they...

Jaguar Land Rover secures ‘silicon carbide semiconductor’ supply for next gen EVs

Next generation EV inverters using silicon carbide technology will deliver significantly increased powertrain efficiency and extended driving range Jaguar Land Rover and Wolfspeed have announced...

Vehicle technician salaries are increasing, IMI data shows

Current average advertised salary is £34,500 The automotive sector has seen an increase in advertised job salaries, with vehicle technicians seeing the largest percentage increase...

OESAA congratulates garage forum member for Top Garage final recognition

Oldfields Garage Services 'eager to go one better next year' The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) would like to congratulate its garage forum member,...

Expansion of London’s ULEZ boosts Transport for London’s income by £94m

Additional revenue from drivers of non-compliant vehicles having to pay £12.50 a day Ahead of the first anniversary of the expansion of London’s Ultra-Low Emission...

Aston Martin Works marks 50 years of V8 greatness

Restyled Aston Martin V8 went on to become a signature look for almost two decades It’s 1972, and Aston Martin is undergoing one of its...

UK AFCAR urges effective implementation on Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Order proposals

"We are only at beginning of a long journey that seeks to ensure consumer choice is protected", UK AFCAR chairman says The UK Alliance for...

Level 3 EV course available at heavily subsidised rate for IGA members

£500 saving for IGA members The RMI Academy of Automotive Skills is promoting preferential prices for RMI Members With training sites in Lincoln, Runcorn, Southam and...

Motorists delaying tyre repairs as cost-of-living crisis bites, road safety charity warns

One in ten drivers say they have put off replacing tyres despite tread being low In the wake of a worrying new piece of research...

CMA recommends new UK-specific Block Exemption regulations

Independent garages must be able to "exert vital competitive pressure on authorised repairers", CMA concludes The existing Motor Vehicle Block Exemption (MVBER) should be replaced...

DVSA calls on test stations to help promote its MOT reminder and history services

New features added to DVSA's MOT reminders and history services The DVSA is urging MOT test centres to help encourage motorists to sign up to...

Tester sentenced after ANPR camera caught vehicle “being tested” 50 miles from garage

Tester handed suspended prison sentence, £1,500 fine and testing ban The DVSA has issued a warning to MOT testers on Facebook as it continues its...

Rolls-Royce celebrates centenary of the ‘Twenty’

Major technological leap forward, set the template for Rolls-Royce engines and motor cars for the next three decades Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is marking the centenary...

Current MOT annual training year passes halfway point

Complete training and assessment as early as possible, IGA advises The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has reminded MOT testing stations that there’s now less than...

Drivers avoiding vehicle maintenance as cost-of-living crisis bites

Motorists are increasingly delaying vehicle servicing and maintenance in a bid to save money, data shows Drivers across the UK are putting off vital car...

Two-year MOTs “dangerously bad idea”, majority of drivers believe

More than half say it could end up costing drivers more in the long run due to problems or defects going undetected More than half...

Garages need support beyond Energy Bill Relief Scheme, says IGA

Workshops can expect winter energy bills to be half the level predicted but more is needed to help independents Following the announcement of the government’s...

IAAF launches new ‘Academy’ to support aftermarket growth

Key focus for IAAF Academy will be engaging with schools, colleges and universities The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has launched a new training academy,...

UK driving behaviours changing due to cost-of-living crisis, survey finds

74 per cent of drivers are using their car differently to save money With the cost-of-living crisis becoming more embedded, a nationwide survey commissioned by...

Subaru celebrates 50th anniversary of its all-wheel drive system

AWD models currently account for 98 per cent of Subaru’s global sales Subaru Corporation is celebrating its 50th anniversary sine the debut of its All-Wheel...

Workshop energy cost support service launched by IGA

Garage energy audit surveys energy output for possible savings The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is launching a new service to help members assess and reduce...

Drivers struggling with maintenance costs for an aging car parc, fast fit boss warns

Motorists are driving older cars but struggling with maintenance costs as household budgets are squeezed The UK’s cost-of-living crisis is creating “a risk to road...

BMW and Mini models to get ‘vegan interiors’ from 2023

Leather replacement reduces CO2e emissions by 85 per cent The BMW Group is to launch its first vehicles featuring completely vegan interiors in 2023. The reduction...