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Dear Member,

We have written to the Chancellor and the Transport Secretary to ask for a financial support package to be put in place for the sector during Q2 for the next five years. We know that the rise and fall in demand for MOT tests caused by the MOT extension has affected many of you, so having access to funds throughout this period in the coming years will ensure that garages struggling with low work levels can retain their staff and provide the levels of support needed for customers during the busy periods.

On-site GarageSafe audits have now started, in the first stage of the IGA’s mission to build an integrity-based network of independent garages that will have continued access to security level vehicle data. Once this network has been established, we will work with systems providers to supply information directly to certified garages through an online gateway. Please contact us if you would like further information about this pioneering project.

E10 fuel is now being introduced as the standard petrol grade in Great Britain, which is more environmentally friendly but can have a serious impact on older vehicles. Please be aware that the fuel is not compatible with many cars made before 2011 as it can cause some rubber, metal and plastic components to corrode with prolonged use. You can find more information below, including a link to the Department for Transport’s E10 compatibility checker.

Finally, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is ending on 30 September. The government will only pay 60% of your furloughed employees’ wages for August and September claims, which you must top up to at least 80%, and you can now claim for periods in August. The latest guidance can be found in the bulletin below.

Best regards,


Stuart James
Chief Executive

Stuart James

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