Top Technician 2019 launches

Published:  01 October, 2018

Top Technician 2019 is back for 2019, and is open for entries.

The national competition, run by Aftermarket magazine, has been identifying the best automotive technicians in the country since 2002. Thousands of vehicle techs from the UK and Ireland have entered the competition over the years.

To enter Top Technician 2019, contestants just need to visit www.toptechnicianonline.co.uk and click on the “enter here” tab. They then need to follow the instructions to sign up, using the code “tt-rd1-quiz” to enter.

As before, 2019’s competition will run through three online rounds, until the 10 semi finalists are identified. They will then take part in a live semi final featuring practical tests. From here the final five will be identified, who will go through to the final in June 2019. At this point the winner and runner up will emerge. As well as the trophy, winners get a major prize bundle from the sponsors and from Aftermarket magazine. The overall Top Technician prize fund added up to £14,000 in 2018.

Anyone can emerge as winner. 2018 winner Shaun Miller was just another entrant at the start of the competition last year – and now he is champion. He commented: “When I first started I saw the competition in Aftermarket magazine and I thought ‘I could never win that,' and  now I have. It is a lifetime achievement for me.“

The first round of Top Technician 2019 will run until January 2019.

In addition to Top Technician, Aftermarket launched Top Garage in 2018 to identify the best garage businesses in the UK. The competition was a great success and is expanding in 2019. Top Garage will launch in November, and more details will follow.


Top Technician 2019 and Top Garage 2019 come to you in association with ABC Awards, the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) and the Independent Garage Association (IGA).  

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  • EU Emissions tighten on UK market 

    With or without Brexit, EU regulations surrounding emissions are playing an important part in pushing aftermarket requirements for
    the correct emissions parts being fitted.
        
    Mark Blinston, Commercial Director at BM Catalysts commented: “Emissions are a hot topic for discussion at the moment for many media outlets and manufacturers. All efforts are geared towards reducing emissions, as well as preventing the sale and fitting of catalytic converters and DPFs to vehicles that haven’t been approved to meet the relevant Euro Levels.
        
    “Vehicles and replacement emission control devices must meet specific standards for exhaust emissions before they can be offered for sale in the European Union. Vehicle emissions are one of a series of performance standards that must be met to achieve Whole Vehicle Type Approval in accordance with EC Directives. In order to achieve type approval on the emissions levels for replacement emission control devices, such as catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters (DPFs), performance and noise levels must be within calculated limits as prescribed by legislation. Replacement catalytic converters and DPFs cannot be approved to a lower Euro level than that of the original vehicle. If the vehicle is Euro 5 then the replacement must be approved to Euro 5 levels. Testing and approving this part to Euro 4 would mean that it cannot be proven to meet emission standards and therefore cannot legally be fitted to any Euro 5 vehicle.”  
        
    Mark continued: “Helping to identify the correct products for stockists and garage professionals, the MAM software solution program is set to revolutionise the aftermarket. Used by the majority of distributors, the supply chain software is due to receive a V9 update, which will map the Euro level that a supplier’s part is approved for sale on against a vehicle registration number. Once the change is in place, we’ll start to see the correct catalytic converters and DPFs available matched against the correct vehicles for the first time. Additionally, the Department for Transport (DfT) is also helping to clarify the rules for the UK market, with recent guidelines reiterating the strict requirements for selling catalytic converters and DPFs to the UK market.”
        
    But while the correct cataloguing of aftermarket parts is complex and challenging, perhaps the biggest shake up to the emissions market is the recent MOT changes. Mark continued: “The result of an EU directive, new regulations were introduced to the MOT test in May 2018, placing further emphasis on diesel emissions. The regulations require checks to the exhaust for visible smoke production and tampering or removal of the DPF. Any visible sign of alteration to the DPF or smoke of any colour will result in a fail for the vehicle. Prior to these tighter regulations, experts warned that the true figure of vehicles driving without DPFs were in the thousands, leaving many car owners at risk of hefty fines and penalty points.
        
    “BM Catalysts acknowledges the need for up to date information on EU levels. As a leading manufacturer in Europe, we recognise we are a big part in meeting these standards, producing superior aftermarket products with the least harm to the environment. Additionally, we have recently produced free educational material on DPFs and the MOT changes to help our customers make informed motoring decisions.”
        
    Mark added: “BM Catalysts produce catalytic converters and DPFs to high standards, yet to create a lasting change to the market, it is important that all hands along the supply chain, even the consumer, does their part to make sure they’re complying to regulations. If one link is in this chain proves weak, we all fail.”



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