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GarageSafe: An integrity checked network of independent garages

GarageSafe: An integrity checked network of independent garages

28 May 2021

An introduction to GarageSafe

Access to vehicle repair maintenance information is a vital for any garage business. At present, the UK is covered by the EU Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation 461/2010. This gives consumers the right to have their car serviced or repaired at any garage without invalidating their warranty, and allows any garage to access a vehicle’s service history and repair maintenance information.

These regulations end in 2023, and with nothing to take its place, it will be down to vehicle manufacturers to decide who can access their vehicle information. The SERMI (Security Repair and Maintenance Information) scheme was set up over 10 years ago to compliment Block Exemption by providing garages with accreditation, approval and access to security related information. However, the scheme was never launched or achieved its objectives.

As your representative trade body, we are taking steps to establish and maintain continued access to security level vehicle data beyond 2023.

GarageSafe provides an alternative route to accessing technical information and is based on a proven, flexible system that is already in place within the USA called NASTF (National Automotive Service Task Force). This collaborative approach sees GarageSafe working directly with vehicle manufacturers (VMs) and UK government to allow access to information for verified, approved garages via a secure online gateway.

The first objective is to build a network of audited and verified independent garages which is planned to be in place by Q3 2021. With this vetted network established, we can then move to the next stage of enrolling them into the NASTF platform.

Why should I join GarageSafe?

As this exciting project is the first of its kind in the UK it will take some time to get up and running, and we cannot guarantee that it will be a success. However, this is your opportunity to join a national network of independent garages recognised for their transparency and integrity, and safeguard access to the security level repair and maintenance information you need.

How do I join GarageSafe?

To join GarageSafe, you will need to undergo an audit process that verifies the ownership and management of your garage business, along with verification of the garage staff that will have access to the GarageSafe system.

Registration is now open, which is a simple 3 step process:

Step 1: Call the IGA member helpline on 01788 225 908 or email enquiries@rmif.co.uk and we will send you a registration form.

Step 2: Once you have returned your completed form, we will carry out a ‘desktop audit’ to verify your business and directors’ details and financial standing.

Step 3: There is a non-refundable audit fee at this stage, which is heavily subsidised by the IGA at £50.00. One of our auditors will arrange to visit your business to verify you and the identity of staff requiring access to the GarageSafe system on behalf of the business.

On successful completion of the on-site audit, you will be provided with a GarageSafe Certificate and at a later stage, when it is up and running, registered on the GarageSafe platform. Please note that once the GarageSafe platform is fully operational, you will need an active subscription with each VM’s technical data portal in order to receive their information.

We hope you will join us and help to secure independents’ access to technical information into the future.

For more information or to register for GarageSafe, please call us on 01788 225 908 or email enquiries@rmif.co.uk, and we will send you a registration form to begin your application.