Transport minister to meet with IMI
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has confirmed a meeting with John Hayes, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, to discuss the implementation of a Licence to Practise for technicians working on the high-voltage systems of electric and hybrid vehicles.
The meeting scheduled for early December comes after an amendment was submitted to the Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill Committee, which outlines the need for regulation of technicians working on this new technology, supported by evidence of very broad support from across the industry.
John Hayes, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, said, ‘I agree that we need to codify and accredit such skills. The argument becomes, therefore, not about intent, but about method. It is probable that we are at too early a stage to be certain about what that kind of accreditation might look like.
‘Nevertheless, I am happy to agree to have further discussions with the Institute of the Motor Industry and others to help the Government to understand the challenge of ensuring that vehicle maintenance and repair is carried out in a professional and safe manner for technicians and drivers.’
Steve Nash, chief executive at the IMI, said, ‘Following the evidence the IMI provided to the Bill Committee earlier this month, it’s clear that many of the committee members understand our concerns surrounding the safety of vehicle technicians working on electric and hybrid technology. Without regulation and a minimum training standard, there are significant safety risks for technicians who may not have any form of training before coming into contact with these vehicles.
‘A meeting with John Hayes will allow us to understand the government’s plan to move forward with regulation, and the IMI will ensure the industry is kept up-to-date with any progress.’