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Dear Member,

You cannot escape the ongoing delays surrounding Brexit, and the announcement of the upcoming general election on December 12th means that Government departments are in a state of purdah or on lockdown until there is a new elected government. Although there is no clear path forward, we are confident that the independent sector is well placed to weather the storm and as always, we’ll keep you updated when there is any new information to share.

The lack of skilled technicians and young people entering our industry is the most significant issue we face today, and one that can’t be resolved overnight. We understand that many members find the process of taking on an apprentice confusing, time consuming and a real barrier to expanding the work force, so the IGA has created the ‘Garage Guide to Recruiting an Apprentice’. This digital guide includes straightforward information on the Apprenticeship Levy as well as the whole process of finding, training and retaining an apprentice. You can download your copy below.

As mentioned in last month’s bulletin, ADAS is becoming increasingly common in modern cars and there is no avoiding this advancing technology. To help members understand how these systems are affected by the work being carried out on a day-to-day basis, the IGA’s ‘Garage Guide to ADAS’ will provide vital information on the types of ADAS systems in use in modern cars, along with the potential problems being encountered when these system are not functioning correctly or out of calibration. Keep an eye out for your copy of the guide coming in the post later this month.

We have seen an increasing number of enquiries seeking information about the Financial Conduct Authority’s new Senior Managers and Certification Regime rules that come into force on 9th December. It is vital that those members providing financial service to consumers comply with the new rules. We have provided below an outline of the new rules with some useful links to the relevant FCA documents.

Finally, I am pleased to announce an update to our exclusive Autologic equipment rental package, which enables you to rent the multi-function diagnostics platform DrivePRO with no long-term financial commitment or fees. You can find full details on this offer below.

Best regards,


Stuart James
Director

Stuart James

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Download the Garage Guide to Recruiting an Apprentice here!

Download the Garage Guide to Recruiting an Apprentice here!

The IGA has published a new garage guide providing straightforward guidance on apprentice funding, recruiting and retention to help you to make sense of the recent changes to the apprentice system.

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IGA Member Events – Final 2019 Dates and Mechanex Sandown Park

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2019/20 MOT Annual Training Update - November 2019

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Testers who do not complete their annual training by March 31st will be automatically suspended from testing, facing a reapproval time of up to 6 weeks. Ensure your testers have the support and knowledge they need to pass with an RMI training package.

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New FCA rules: Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR)

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The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) new SM&CR regime comes into force on December 9th. If you sell or advise on credit or finance, find out all the information you need about the new rules here.

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Do you understand how the work you are carrying out day-to-day could be affecting the various ADAS systems already implemented in many modern cars? The Garage Guide to ADAS will give you the knowledge you need to understand and recalibrate these systems.

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What’s on at the RMI Academies – November 2019

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With preferential member prices and training sites at Runcorn, Southam and Winchester, you always have a wide range of high quality, cost-effective MOT, technical and annual training courses nearby. Find out more here!

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Are you managing the risks of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome at your garage? HSE has updated their work regulation guidance on this serious but preventable health condition, so make sure you are aware of your legal duties as an employer.

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Be Aware - November 2019

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November’s legal update discusses new updates on improper behaviour under the Employments Right Act, the notice required before lay-offs or short-time working, distance selling and criminal motoring offences you may come across as a garage business.

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MOT Update – November 2019

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The DVSA has announced that they are introducing DBS checks for MOT station owners, must be told immediately if a member of testing staff receives a criminal conviction, and are applying a more rigorous application of rules for motorcycle MOT standards.

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