EV accreditation needed for roadside recoveries, IMI warns
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is warning recovery companies and emergency services that their personnel will need additional accreditation and qualifications before dealing with electric and hybrid cars.
It follows a long campaign to get a Licence to Practise in place for workshops dealing with these vehicles, hoping to avoid the risk of serious injury from high-voltage systems, which has resulted in this being included in the Government’s Road to Zero strategy.
But the IMI is saying personnel working on these vehicles at the roadside require similar accreditation as, unlike garages, they have no choice in which models and technologies they will be dealing with.
Steve Nash, Chief Executive at the IMI, said: “There are risks when dealing with petrol and diesel fueled vehicles – electric vehicles aren’t inherently more dangerous. But the reality is that technicians and emergency services have had a lot longer to understand the risks of petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles.
“These professionals are currently operating in an unregulated space and we firmly believe that our proposed Licence to Practise, supported by accreditation schemes, will deliver a higher level of competency, skill and safety for technicians and motorists alike.”