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RAC reaction to untaxed vehicle data

New official data shows the number of untaxed vehicles has more than doubled since 2013. RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: ’These are very worrying and disappointing statistics indeed. Sadly, the concerns we raised about the number of car tax evaders going up at the time the tax disc was confined to history have become a reality. ‘Prior to the […]

Government must focus on ‘quality’ apprentices

With the UK skills shortage under intense scrutiny – businesses say ‘quality over quantity’ is key to future business success and productivity improvements.  Motor industry employers, including garages, dealerships and accident repair centres, are today calling on the Government to focus their efforts on the quality of training rather than the number of new apprenticeships available to help their businesses […]

New MoT history website launched

The government has launched a new website (https://mot-history.net/) allowing users to check the MoT history of any UK car by simply inputting in the make and registration number. The new service promises to be an invaluable tool for used car buyers. The website gives detailed information of the car’s MoT history such as the dates of all the previous tests, the MoT […]

MP’s unaware of lack of regulation

New research commissioned by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) reveals that nearly one in five MPs believe all technicians in their local garage are qualified to work on today’s vehicles.  According to the IMI, the reality is quite different, with no mandatory requirement for vehicle technicians to be qualified – or to ensure qualifications are kept up to […]

Welding apprenticeship receives government approval

The government has approved two new apprenticeship standards developed by a group of companies including The Welding Institute. On 21 August, as part of a series of announcements relating to national apprenticeships, David Cameron formally approved both the apprenticeship standard for welding (level 2) – general welder (arc processes), and the apprenticeship standard for welding (level 3) – multi-positional welder […]

Government will miss apprentice target

Government plans to increase apprentice numbers by 2020 will fail according to training providers and businesses with training academies in England.  Many businesses say they would rather take on a migrant worker than an apprentice. As 16 year olds prepare themselves for their GCSE results this week, research published today reveals that FE colleges and businesses believe they will struggle […]

Government should avoid motor tax hikes

Government should avoid motor tax hikes Government should avoid tax hikes on motorists in the Budget, warns the AA. A week ago, 73 per cent of a Populus poll of 25,810 AA members said they fear a post-election rise in motoring taxes. Among blue collar workers, that worry rises to 83 per cent. More than 10 per cent of all UK […]

Sigmatex receives vehicle lightweight funding

Sigmatex has been awarded Government Funding through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to produce higher volumes of composites in the UK to accelerate vehicle lightweighting. The Sigmatex Lightweighting Excellence Programme (LX) has been awarded £3.8 million from the latest AMSCI round of funding. The LX consortium will address the lack of capability in […]

£7.6m funding for local transport

The government has today announced the winning bids for the Total Transport Pilot Fund that will allow local authorities in England to try new and better ways of delivering joined-up local transport in rural and isolated areas. The top three authorities which received the highest funding include Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority, Surrey County Council and Devon County Council. Around £2 […]

Projects receive £80m boost

Projects that will bring fuel cells into van fleets, develop high efficiency transmissions and create the next generation of electric and hybrid buses are among the latest to receive money from the joint £1 billion government and industry fund. Business secretary Vince Cable announced £80 million of new investment for the four new projects through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). […]

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