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Dear Member,

A number of members have contacted us with concerns about the recent price increases of refrigerant gas R134a. Recent legislation changes linked to the environment have brought about a reduction in supplies of the gas, however, to date no genuine justification for the huge price increases has been found. The article in the bulletin provides feedback from the trade bodies representing both gas and equipment suppliers. We will be investigating further and will keep you posted.

Whilst this MOT annual training year is not over yet, it’s time to start preparing for the 2018/19 training year, beginning 1st April. The subject matter is significantly more complex and the pass rate is increasing to 70%. In line with this year, we will be providing an all-encompassing training solution to suit every individual, however, if you want on-site training, to avoid disappointment and to guarantee a suitable training date please book your training slot early. The RMI e-learning and workbook guides will be available from the end of March, you can find further details below.

An exclusive IGA member offer is now available; a unique new Autologic equipment rental package that provides a fully inclusive diagnostic infrastructure for your garage, and best of all, with no contractual tie-ins. Full details below.

Please be aware that if you have a company or people providing valeting services on your premises, you are liable for them in many cases. The RMI legal team have prepared an article in the bulletin below which we urge you to read and see if its relevant to you.

We recently announced that a study of Work Providers would be available soon, this has now been finalised and a copy will be posted to you this month. As a trade association, we are aware that garages sign up to work providers and understand why, but this should not be to the detriment of the identity, reputation or profits of the business. We have created a report on these work providers that can be used as a reference tool to understand the clear facts around their business models and working practices. We believe this will assist members when choosing who to work with.

If you have concerns or questions about any of the topics above, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0845 305 4230.

Best regards,


Stuart James
Director

Stuart James

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