Computer prize

VOSA scoops second award for its electronic MOT system
Published:  24 January, 2008

VOSA has won a second award and glowing praise from the Prime Minister for its computerisation of the MOT system.

Managers liable

New laws hold managers liable for death of employees, warns FPB
Published:  24 January, 2008

WORKSHOPS and garages need to start preparing for April 6 when the Corporate Manslaughter Act becomes law, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is warning.

Winter safety backup

Metro Emergency Bulb Kit from Saxon
Published:  23 January, 2008

/>This kit helps drivers fix the problem fast and avoid the serious consequences of being caught in an illegal

IMI warning

Failure to comply with new air con rules could result in penalties
Published:  23 January, 2008

THE IMI is urging workshops to check they comply with air con service regulations after European rules were updated.

Rid workspace of fumes

Clean Go portable filter unit from Quickduct
Published:  22 January, 2008

/>Polluted air is recycled back into the working area, completely free of polluta

Skills search

Search is on to find the country's best young mechanics
Published:  22 January, 2008

ORGANISERS of this year's WorldSkills UK competition are looking for workshops with a star technician in their ranks.

Flood alert

Norwich Union issues advice to help workshops deal with impending floods
Published:  22 January, 2008

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has issued hundreds of flood warnings, saying workshops and small businesses around the country are at risk following severe weather.

Clutch range re-styled

Clutches from Quinton Hazell
Published:  21 January, 2008

/>It is increasing its range and has re-styled its packaging with pizza-style boxes to give better protection to the components ins

Accurate specialist tuning

MSR 1000 single roller Dynamometer from MAHA
Published:  18 January, 2008

/>With only one point of contact between tyre and roller, the system reduces tyre damage during testing and also wheel s

Training dates

V-Tech UK announces courses to help garages prosper
Published:  18 January, 2008

DIAGNOSTIC firm V-Tech UK has announced a comprehensive series of training courses for the coming year.

Optical fault finding

Invictalux endoscope from Primalec
Published:  17 January, 2008

/>The endoscope has a high 7,400 pixel resolution to give technicians a clear view of probl

Campaign boost

Garages set for more campaign info after UAN pledges repair support
Published:  17 January, 2008

THE RIGHT To Repair Campaign has gained more support with the backing of the United Aftermarket Network (UAN) buying group.

Diagnostic deal

XPArt deal offers garages slice of lucrative MINI market
Published:  17 January, 2008

XPART'S AutoService network of garages has chosen to use the Autologic diagnostic tool in all 240 of its branches.

Tax time

Garages will benefit by submitting returns early says forum
Published:  17 January, 2008

SMALL businesses should submit self-assessment tax returns as soon as possible to avoid disruption, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is warning.

Plugs aid fast engine starts

Instant heating glow plugs from Denso
Published:  16 January, 2008

/>The latest DG-190 plug can be used on 13 separate 2.0 litre Volkswagen applications, including the Golf V, EOS, Touran, Passat and Je

Injector removal made easy

Injector pullers from Klann Tools
Published:  15 January, 2008

/>The injector pullers are just some of the latest products set to be unveiled by Klann Tools during the month ahead

Simon shines

Prime Minister congratulates award-winning technician
Published:  15 January, 2008

YOUNG panel technician Simon Noble has been congratulated by Prime Minister Gordon Brown for scooping a medal at a global skills contest.

Durable hands-free lighting

Multi-position LED lamp from Ring Automotive
Published:  14 January, 2008

/>It is powered by 15 high intensity LEDs and has a precision reflector to direct light exactly where you need it. It can run for up to five hours before recharging.

Top techs

Last chance for technicians to prove they are the best
Published:  12 January, 2008

A SNAP-on SOLUS scanner worth thousands of pounds and a PalmerSport driving experience from Comma are now up for grabs to the winner of Top Technician 2008.

Powerful tightening wrench

Cordless Impact Wrench from Chicago Pneumatic
Published:  11 January, 2008

/>The Electrocharge motor produces 575Nm of torque in a tool that weighs 2.9

Body training

Thatcham announces plans for Warwickshire training centre
Published:  11 January, 2008

THATCHAM has announced plans to open a vehicle damage assessment training centre.

Business move

Diagnostic firm Launch X-431 Ltd joins Garage Equipment Association
Published:  11 January, 2008

LAUNCH X-431 Ltd has become one of the few diagnostic companies to be accepted as a member of the Garage Equipment Association.

Kitemark plan

BSI man aims to treble number of garages with Kitemark
Published:  11 January, 2008

THE MAN charged with convincing garages to sign-up to the BSI Kitemark says he wants to treble the number of garages achieving the standard this year.

Rotating electrics guarantee

Rotating electrics from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  10 January, 2008

/>The all-makes program consists of more than 250 part numbers, giving 85% coverage of the vehicle p

Brake bleeding made easy

DF.21 brake bleeder from Facom
Published:  09 January, 2008

/>It automatically adjusts and stabilises the recommended bleed pressure to make the mechanics’ job as easy as possi

Google power

Texa unveils new way forward in hunt for technical info
Published:  09 January, 2008

DIAGNOSTICS firm Texa has unveiled a tool it hopes will revolutionise technicians' search for technical information.

Spring loaded pit lifting

NENAB 10-tonne pit jack from Beissbarth
Published:  08 January, 2008

/>It can be tailor-made for any pit combination and width so the lifting saddle is exactly level with the workshop fl

Bank bonus

Published:  08 January, 2008

SMALL businesses can gain more than ever by shopping around between banks for the best financial deal, says the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

Swinging two-post lift

KH32 two-post lift from Maywood
Published:  07 January, 2008

/>It comes with a baseframe to make it suitable for almost any workshop floor, provided the underlying concrete is in good condit

Speed demon

Prizes on offer in Autogem games console racing contest
Published:  07 January, 2008

CAR CONSUMABLES company Autogem is looking for hotshot car racers with Playstation 3s.

Keep your valuables safe

Eurograde compact safe from Securikey
Published:  04 January, 2008

/>The company says it has taken the lightweight technology from previous models and added key features to ensure they offer the best possible protectio

ATA milestone

Technician Irfan achieves 7,000th ATA
Published:  04 January, 2008

A NORTH London technician has become the 7,000th mechanic in the country to reach the highly-prized ATA standard.

Run-flat solution on BMWs

KW17 winter tyre from Kumho
Published:  03 January, 2008

/>Also out now is the KC15 for SUVs such as Range Rovers and the KC11 for light commercial vehicles, all to help you profit from fitting specialist winter tyres during the coming month

Repair latest

Frank Massey sets out to help technicians find a fast fix
Published:  03 January, 2008

FRANK Massey is hitting the road to deliver technical training courses around the country.

MOT fight

4-2-2 testing consultation set for March says government
Published:  03 January, 2008

THE INDUSTRY has not yet beaten the threat of 4-2-2 MOT testing, the chief executive of the Garage Equipment Association has warned.

Pliers offer easy access

Clic-type clamp plier from Facom
Published:  02 January, 2008

/>It aims to shave valuable seconds of job times and offer access to clamps in awkward area

Training time

Brian Taylor plays Devil's Advocate with a look at training
Published:  02 January, 2008

Aftermarket columnist Brian Taylor says it's time for garages to seize their destiny and invest in training as part of his regular Devil's Advocate articles

VOSA update

GEA clarifies testing changes for year ahead
Published:  02 January, 2008

A NUMBERING system for VOSA-approved equipment will be introduced in April this year.

Fast fit for timing belts

Moment Alpha electronic torque wrench from Gates
Published:  01 January, 2008

/>It can store up to nine preferred settings to help shave seconds from mechanics’ workl

Happy New Year!

2007 begins
Published:  31 December, 2006

25th anniversary

Motaquip makes its mark
Published:  30 December, 2006

Tyresafe launch

Campaign body
Published:  28 December, 2006

Rogues targeted

Trading Standards deal
Published:  26 December, 2006

Tough times ahead?

2007 forecast
Published:  24 December, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Best wishes for the Season
Published:  22 December, 2006

Goodbye Elliot

Further change at the RMIF
Published:  21 December, 2006

Omitec merger

Garage super group
Published:  21 December, 2006

No more crashes

Audatex back up plan
Published:  21 December, 2006

Employer influence

All about skills
Published:  21 December, 2006

Emission failures

Industry misses targets
Published:  19 December, 2006


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