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Join the growing GarageSafe network and help secure continued access to technical information

Join the growing GarageSafe network and help secure continued access to technical information

03 November 2021

GarageSafe is the IGA’s solution to ensure that independent garages can continue to access vehicle repair and maintenance information beyond 2023, when EU Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation 461/2010 ends.

Garage auditing is well underway in the first stage of the project to build a network of verified independent garages. While this is happening, we are working with the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) in America to bring their system to the UK, which has been running successfully for a number of years. This will allow us to work directly with vehicle manufacturers (VMs) and the UK government to give access to information to verified garages network via a secure online gateway.

Once this system is up and running, we will begin the next stage of enrolling audited garages onto the platform and bringing in vehicle manufacturers one at a time.

Your garage can still join the GarageSafe network and be part of this exciting, first of its kind project in the UK. 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 to run your business.

However, please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee that it will be a success at this stage, as it will rely on vehicle manufacturers understanding the benefits of the network and signing to up to the platform. By registering to join GarageSafe today, you will help to increase the size of the network and give the project the best chance of success.

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. This 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.

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.