Dwyer set to ‘ruffle feathers’

John Dwyer has told IAEA delegates that he ‘will not go quiet’ on the issue of written off cars being repaired and returned to the UK’s roads.

Speaking at the IAEA National Conference 2015 which took place at the National Motorcycle Museum on Saturday 9 May 2015, John told delegates that a test carried out on badly repaired cars showed damage 70% worse than to that of an industry standard car, making the vehicle potentially lethal for drivers and passengers.

John said ‘we need some sort of audit trail so we can see what damage was caused and how is has been repaired.’

Closing his presentation, John said ‘I will not go quiet on this (issue), I will ruffle feathers and I won’t apologise for that.’

John was one of an impressive line-up of speakers which included LKQ’s Richard Taylor, Kevern Thompson from JLR, Tony Boobier from IBM as well as Thatcham’s Andrew Hooker.

Andrew spoke about autonomous vehicles and what we can expect to see in the UK in the next few years. Dismissing some of the claims that have been made regarding wholly autonomous vehicles (cutting congestion, aiding mobility for the elderly and disabled), Andrew was quick to establish the huge safety benefits of the current and also rapidly approaching autonomous technology. One example he gave was ‘out of the line of sight’ technology which will see smart phones, cars and other technology linking up to a ‘cloud’ and sending signals to other drivers to watch for potential threats. Andrew said ‘connectivity like this is coming very, very soon.’

The IAEA National Conference, sponsored by Fix Auto, Glass’s, Audatex, Euro Car Parts, with contributions and exhibitions from Vizion, bodyshop magazine, Thatcham, and Allianz Insurance. attracted over 150 attendees from all corners of the industry.