MPs unaware of lack of regulation for vehicle technicians
The disparity has been highlighted in new research commissioned by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), which is urging government to tackle the issue in the interests of public safety.
The IMI research found that 85% of MPs believe that a majority of technicians working in garages should have to be qualified while 31% believe every technician should be qualified.
And more than half (56%) of MPs support the introduction of a mandatory Licence to Practise for motor technicians.
“It is laudable that MPs representing the interests of their constituents have such faith in the standards of their local motor repair and servicing garage”, said Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI. “But, whilst we know that the major motor brands insist on the technicians in their franchised dealerships being properly qualified, as do a number of independent garages, there are still many individuals and independent operators working without any checks on their levels of competency and skills.
“Considering the technical advances that are now part and parcel of today’s cars, this is an extremely worrying issue and should be a real cause for concern for motorists’ safety. Yet, to date, we have been unable to convince Government to make licensing of vehicle technicians mandatory.
“Several sectors in which public safety is critical, such as boiler maintenance and dental repair, require the practitioner to have a mandatory and renewable licence. It seems almost mind-boggling that the same principle is not being applied to the technicians who work on people’s cars.
“With the motor industry facing a real crisis of confidence as a result of the emissions scandal, surely it makes sense for the Government to support an initiative that will ensure motorists can put their trust in the technicians working on their vehicles.”