The tyre industry and UK government have produced a best practice guide for van operators and drivers. The guide, available on the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association website, has been produced to help improve roadworthiness and reduce the risk of tyre-related incident. It is in part a response to the latest data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which shows defective tyres remain consistently the primary reason for roadside prohibitions. They account for between 15 and 22 per cent of these potentially instantaneous bans of the vehicle’s use. Other categories of prohibitions, such as Lamps and Reflectors account on average no more than 7 per cent or 8 per cent, with the majority averaging 4 per cent.
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has released the Garage Guide to Working During COVID-19, to help independent garages easily find the guidance they need to support them through the current lockdown. The guide is available to all member and non-member garages and can be downloaded from the ‘COVID-19 Guidance for Independent Garages’ page on the IGA website.
Oil is no longer a general lubricant, but a highly specialised, liquid replacement part that has to precisely fit the corresponding engine. But finding your way through the crowded field of oil specifications, approvals and brands is not easy. The new oil guide by the German oil and additive specialist Liqui Moly, available through the company’s website, aims to provide a way to navigate the current market.
A new guide for dealers has been created by the Independent Motor Dealers Association to spread best practice for the advertising of ex-daily rental and ex-fleet vehicles. The six-page document has been written with the help and support of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which created consternation among dealers when the ASA upheld an appeal hearing by a consumer concerning two Alfa Romeo Giuliettas.
Despite the complex nature of the modern clutch system, many technicians remain under the misapprehension that clutch replacement is a simple and straightforward affair. However, with clutch replacement now often taking several hours it’s imperative for workshop profitability that technicians have the information they need to fit the replacement right, first time.
ATS Euromaster will offer a van reference guide designed to help maximise van uptime and MOT first-time pass rate from its stand at the Commercial Vehicle Show on 26-28 April. The “ultimate van reference guide” has helpful hints on time and cost saving, the network says.