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Dear Member,

I am pleased to announce that a new RMI Academy of Automotive Skills training centre will be opening in Lincoln in July, as part of our strategy to provide training on a more local basis for garages. All forms of MOT and annual training will be immediately available, along with hybrid and technical courses soon after. Looking ahead, if your business has a training room and the workshop space to carry out training, we would be interested in talking to you about using it to provide training in your area.

I can also announce that GarageSafe is the name we have given to our new network of independent garages that will need to prove integrity to access security level technical information. Once the network is in place we will continue the adoption of the US NASTF scheme, which allows VMs to supply information directly to audited garages through an online gateway. This network will be the first of its kind in the UK so may take some time to get up and running, and there are no guarantees that it will even get off the ground, but early indications are positive. You can find out more about the scheme in the article below and register your interest to join.

The first member event of the year is being held in Launceston on 22nd June. The DVSA have also confirmed they will be presenting their latest news and answering your questions, so please come along and keep up to date with important industry news and legislation affecting your garage business. Book below to secure your seat; places are strictly limited to meet COVID requirements.

Finally, the IGA has been nominated for the Industry Partner of the Year Award at the 2021 CAT Awards, in recognition of the support we provided to the independent garage sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. If our communications and services helped your business throughout the past year, please take a moment at vote for us via the article below.

Best regards,


Stuart James
Chief Executive

Stuart James

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GarageSafe: An integrity checked network of independent garages

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Vote for the IGA as your Industry Partner of the Year

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