The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) welcomed the end of the MOT extension period on 1 August. The federation argues that the move will not only significantly increase road safety but will give a much-needed boost to the automotive sector overall.
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 Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) are now being offered the opportunity to keep up to date with industry insights, trends and opportunities through a virtual platform.
Fuel additive manufacturer Cataclean Global Limited has joined the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Cataclean is a complete fuel and exhaust system cleaner for all petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles. Established in 1995, Cataclean now distributes over one million bottles of Cataclean thought the UK, USA and other territories around the world.
The IAAF is continuing to call for the MOT extension to be scrapped and has written to government to get the decision overturned. In various communications with DVSA and Department for Transport, IAAF chief executive, Wendy Williamson said the decision to extend the MOT “will inevitably have a serious impact on road safety as road worthiness can alter greatly during this period. There is also the obvious concern that due to this postponement there could be thousands of vehicles on the road that are dangerous and unroadworthy.”
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has said the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) decision to extend MOTs for a six-month period causes “huge challenges” for the sector, arguing that the industry needs to ensure vehicles continue to be kept safe in these challenging times.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation has gained clarification from government that businesses in the automotive aftermarket supplying garages, namely motor factors and suppliers, can remain open during the Covid-19 lockdown. Garages are exempt from the enforced closure of retailers, but motor factors can stay open in order to supply workshops who continue to support logistics providers, local councils, blue light services and key workers.
Praise has been heaped on IAAF’s Annual Awards & Dinner 2019, with many calling it the Federation’s “best event for years.” The sell-out event, held for the third year running at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes and sponsored by Alliance Automotive UK (AAUK), saw around 600 guests in attendance, uniting the aftermarket as it gathered under one roof for a special evening of plaudits and entertainment.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has held its final Industry Briefing of 2019 at Haynes Motor Museum, with the future of the automotive aftermarket very much dominating proceedings.
Since the launch of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Crime and Enforcement Report 2018 -2019, the already high level of interest and concern on the subject of counterfeit replacement vehicle parts, has become even greater. The problem is complicated further by the increase in the number of customer supplied parts that independent workshops are being asked to fit and the difficulty they face in determining their origin. Amid this gloom there is however some light, as TecAlliance has developed a solution.
The rise of counterfeit car parts and the role of the IAAF in countering this threat for the benefit of the independent automotive aftermarket featured in the latest Annual IP Crime and Enforcement Report: 2018 to 2019.