COVID-19 guidance issued to automotive aftermarket

Published:  14 May, 2020

Garages looking to ramp up their operations as the lockdown is gradually eased can now refer to new sector-specific guidance issued by the GEA, IAAF,  IMI,  SMTA and the SMMT.

The GEA, IAAF, IMI, SMTA and SMMT automotive aftermarket guidance and best practice is designed to complement official advice and will be updated to reflect any changes over time. It is intended to help the aftermarket demonstrate safe practices for employees and customers across all points of interaction, and comes as vehicle mileages start to climb and the sector calls for an end to the six-month MOT extension.

SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes said: “With government advice stating that workers should avoid public transport when returning to work, the use of private cars is likely to rise more sharply than it already has over recent weeks. Given many of these vehicles have been idle for weeks, a reconsideration of the six-month MOT extension needs to be made as soon as possible.

He added: “It is timely that the aftermarket can assure customers and colleagues that it is ready to re-open safely to ensure workers’ vehicles remain roadworthy. This is essential, not just for the sector, but for the restart of the wider UK economy.”

To view the guidance visit: https://bit.ly/3bv7O5M

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