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Dear Member,

The Department for Transport’s consultation on extending a vehicle’s first MOT to 4 years closed on April 16th. The RMI and the ProMOTe campaign both submitted responses strongly opposing the extension and we believe we have made a very powerful case, however it is likely that the snap election will delay the outcome. We recently spent a couple of days in Brussels addressing some of the major questions surrounding connected cars and autonomous vehicles. Both of these issues could present major threats to our sector which we will need to overcome. We are also concerned that autonomous vehicles and the connected car have been rolled into one subject in some quarters, and although they are clearly related we think the two subjects need to be treated separately.

The new RMI Academy in Runcorn is gearing up to offer courses from June 2017. Please call 0845 305 4230 to enquire, book now in advance, or find out more about the courses both Academies offer.

For those of you who are keen to complete your mandatory MOT annual training in good time for 2017/18, we expect the assessment to go live today. Like last year we have plenty of training options available, including our popular workbooks, so please read on to find the package that suits you best for the forthcoming training year.

We announced last month that the IGA will be the headline sponsor for the first ever Workshop Awards, which will bring much deserved recognition to the independent sector. Entries are now open and include five regional independent garage of the year awards, so why not put yourself forward? The entry process is very quick - all you need to do is choose your categories and write a short explanation on why you should be considered - find out more below.

Remember if you have any industry questions, need business advice, or want to make sure you’re making the most of your membership, our friendly team are a phone call away on 0845 305 4230.

Best regards,


Stuart James
IGA Director

Stuart James

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