New research done by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has found that over 70% of motorists believe a licensing system for motor traders exists. With that in mind, it is the IMI’s belief that the Government should start putting licences in place. The study, performed on 2,600 British driving licence holders, showed there is a great amount of confusion for them surrounding qualifications of the people that work on their vehicles.
There is currently no regulations on individuals who work in the motor industry, yet 71% of drivers thought that motor traders would need a qualification to work in the industry.
There is an unwitting ignorance amongst motorists, 59% of whom said they would not let someone work on their car if they didn’t know what they were doing, though only 10% actually knew how to find a technician’s qualifications.
It is obvious that people are not aware of the facts, they could be putting their trust in a motor trader without knowing if they are capable of delivering the service. In 2011 there were over 3,000 crashes which were caused by vehicle defects as a result of inadequate maintenance.
With new technologies being put into cars, such as hybrid engines and driving assist systems, motor traders require even more skills to maintain these vehicles. If there isn’t the correct training in place, motorists could be put in danger.
IMI Want to Work With the Government
IMI says that their Accreditation and Professional Register would serve as a template for the Government to use. They already have thousands of motor traders signed up to their register and accreditation but there are 148,000 mechanics who they cannot speak for.
90% of the motor trade are in favour of a licensing system, so the IMI has stepped their plan into gear and have began seeking meetings with leaders of the political parties before the general elections next year.
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