OESAA offering 3,000 free garage packs

Published:  17 July, 2020

The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) is offering garages the chance to get one of  3,000 free ‘Back on Track’ packs of workshop essentials to UK independent garages, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The packs include a floor sticker and marking tape for maintaining social distancing. PPE items include a washable mask, hand sanitiser and a hi-vis vest. Large format A2 posters and mirror hanging air fresheners help to remind both staff and customers about guidelines too.

“The packs are part of wider efforts to reassure customers it’s safe to come into their local garage,” said a OESSA spokesman. “There’s lots of seasonal work now too, including air con services and cabin filter changes alongside all those delayed MOTs and services.”

Garages are being urged to act fast. An earlier run of 2,000 packs, developed by founder OESAA member Schaeffler, were snapped up in a matter of days during May.

With public transport usage significantly reduced and car use rising as a result, garages are expected to be busy going forward. The end of the MOT exemption from August is also expected to mean a further influx of cars into garages.

“The six-month MOT delay does not mean these cars are roadworthy,” said the spokesman.

“Garage owners have a duty of care and ultimately the drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure their cars are safely maintained.”

OESAA has also produced an interactive training session on the latest guidelines. This generates a Certificate stating the garage is ‘COVID aware’ and following guidelines. The training and packs have already been proven to help garages pass the IGA’s COVID-19 workplace audit.

“It’s been a big investment by OESAA members for the good of the trade but we believe it’s essential we support garages in the tough times as well as the good ones,” added the spokesman.

To order you garage pack, visit https://oeparts.typeform.com/to/r6XQp87S.

To complete the e-learning session, visit:  https://oeparts.typeform.com/to/Qffotjvj

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