Author Archives: Mark

Number plates banned

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has withheld over 300 vehicle registration plates because they are deemed potentially rude or offensive. The plates have been banned from use when the 67 registrations are released on 1 September. A spokesperson for the DVLA said, ‘The agency applies a clear policy of withholding potentially offensive registration numbers equally to normal issue […]

Autonomous lorries get go-ahead

The government has announced that small convoys of semi-autonomous lorries will be trialled on British roads by the end of next year. The trials will see up to three lorries travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle. The ‘platoon’ tests will be carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) which will commence trials on […]

National Windscreens retains ARI contract

National Windscreens has retained preferred supplier status with ARI Fleet UK, part of the world’s largest privately held family-owned fleet management company. ARI Fleet UK has renewed its contract for a further four years on the strength of the service it has received from the UK’s largest independently owned windscreen repair and replacement company. Matt Cranny, operations director at ARI […]

Gemini adds Manchester site

Gemini Group has added another bodyshop to its growing business portfolio. The business has added former SMB Bodyshop in Manchester to the Gemini Group. All staff have been tuped across, whilst the owner of SMB, Graham Leverne has left the business. His former operations director, Paul Gibson is continuing in the role of general manager at the site. David Sargeant, […]

AutoRestore rebrands as Autoglass BodyRepair  

AutoRestore has undergone a rebrand and is now known as Autoglass BodyRepair. A new logo and brand identity have been unveiled on the company’s national fleet of vans and website and communicated to customers across the UK. From its headquarters in Northampton, Autoglass BodyRepair provides a national service to repair cosmetic damage to vehicles; comprised of 150 mobile bodyshops […]

AlloyGator appoints new ops man

Alloy wheel protection specialists AlloyGator has appointed Lee Woodhams as its new operations manager. AlloyGator is based in the West Midlands and its latest appointment further demonstrates its plans for continued growth, especially following the success of its ‘exclusive’ AlloyGators designed for larger wheels. Lee, who boasts an extensive career in operational roles in various industries, said, ‘It’s an exciting […]

Markerstudy makes the distinction

Markerstudy is set to launch a new scheme, aimed at mid to high net worth clients, on individual executive and prestige motor vehicles. The offering will cover multi-vehicle family fleets and include classic cars, motorhomes and horseboxes. Solar Distinction is a tailored product that will be exclusively underwritten through the Referral Team at Markerstudy and will include an enhanced policy […]

Brits still love to drive

New consumer research from LeasePlan UK shows Brits still have a love for driving and the freedom it gives them. The happiest of all drivers, still coming off the hype of passing their test, are the youngest motorists (26%) compared to just 15% of 45 to 54 year olds. Some 39% of respondents said comfort was what made driving and […]

SMMT warns of rising costs

British motorists could see their annual car service and repair costs rise by 10% to £777 after Brexit if no deal is reached between the UK and the EU. A new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that the UK’s collective car repair bill could rise by more than £2bn if tariffs and other […]

Dagenham take the honours

Fix Auto Dagenham has been named as the Motor Trader Bodyshop of the Year – securing the business its second major industry award of 2017. In presenting the honour, the Motor Trader Awards judging panel cited it was ‘impressed by Fix Auto Dagenham’s growing profits’ along with the company’s ‘drive for customer satisfaction’. Fix Auto Dagenham is also bodyshop magazine’s […]

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