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Dear Member,

I am delighted to announce that the IGA’s much-anticipated inaugural British Independent Garage of the Year Awards (BIG Awards) 2022 are open for entries! These awards will give garages the recognition they deserve by showcasing the outstanding skills, passion and innovation from people and businesses in our sector. The ceremony is now taking place on Friday 19th August 2022 at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, in association with the British Motor Show 2022. Nominate your garage through the article below.

I am also pleased to share that we are offering another round of heavily subsidised Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Repair Level 3 courses at a rate of £250, to help your business meet the rising demand for EV service and repair. Courses are available now at RMI Academy sites in Southam, Runcorn, Lincoln and Winchester, and there is no limit to the number of places you can book - please call the member helpline to secure your preferred training date.

Progress is continuing on GarageSafe, the IGA’s solution to provide access to security level vehicle data to integrity-checked independent garages. We are working with America’s National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) to bring their successful system to the UK, while simultaneously building an audited network of garages in preparation to engage with VMs and bring them on to the platform. Find out more in the article below, and please give us a call if you would like to join the GarageSafe network.

The IGA has responded to Northern Ireland’s Call for Evidence proposing that MOT tests should be conducted biennially after their initial test, opposing the change as it would have a detrimental effect on road safety. Thanks to data provided by DVSA, the numbers are clear that MOT failure rates dramatically increases when vehicles are inspected after their annual due date, so we hope this will dissuade any further action.

Best regards,


Stuart James
Chief Executive

Stuart James

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Entries are open for the British Independent Garage of the Year Awards 2022!

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Now we’ve passed the MOT Annual Training halfway point, testers should have a plan in place to complete their training with plenty of time to spare. Don’t risk suspension from testing – find out how we can support you with our training packages.

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