Ten-year-old tyre ban takes effect

New legislation includes some MOT class 4 and 5 vehicles

Tyres aged over ten-years fitted to front-steered axles of goods vehicles with a weight exceeding 3,500kg, buses, coaches and minibuses are now illegal after new legislation came into force this week.

MOT test stations have been warned that the new rule also applies to vehicles with more than eight passenger seats that are not used commercially and are tested in MOT classes 4 or 5.

The DVSA’s Chris Price said: “This means failures for tyres over 10 years old on the front axle of any vehicles with nine or more passenger seats, and any single wheels of a minibus – 9-16 passenger seats.

“These vehicles will also fail if they do not display a legible date code on in scope tyres.

“So, when testing you will need to check that each tyre displays a date of manufacture or re-treading date on the appropriate vehicle.”

The Department for Transport announced the ban in July 2020 following a consultation and extensive investigations which indicate ageing tyres suffer corrosion which could cause them to fail.

The DVSA has updated the MOT inspection manual, setting out the detail of what testers will need to look for.

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Polestar 2 gets Monroe suspension technology

RideRefine RC1 add-on valves use frequency-dependent damping to reduce high frequency wheel motions

Polestar’s new all-electric performance fastback, the Polestar 2, was recently named Belgium’s Best Car for 2020 in the large electric category by AutoGids and Le Moniteur Automobile.

Adding to the local appeal of this recognition, the car is ‪‬equipped with passive shock absorbers featuring innovative Monroe RideRefine RC1 valves, which are designed and piloted in St. Truiden, Belgium, and are part of DRiV’s Monroe OE Solutions portfolio.

Rudi Schurmans, executive director ride control at DRiV, said: “The Polestar 2 is one of the most exciting new electric vehicles on the market and is more than deserving of this high praise from AutoGids and Le Moniteur Automobile.

“We’re proud that our innovative damping technology, including Belgian designed RC1 valves, are part of the package, giving drivers unsurpassed comfort and control.”

Precisely tuned RideRefine RC1 add-on valves utilize frequency-dependent damping to reduce the high frequency wheel motions common on rough roads.

They enable the dampers’ main valves to increase road contact and handling through consistent, firm damping of low-frequency wheel motions, resulting in a more balanced, refined and agile driving experience.

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Ban on tyres over 10 years old to affect MOT testing stations

New legislation coming into force from February 2021 includes some MOT class 4 and 5 vehicles

New legislation to be introduced from 1 February 2021 which bans tyres over ten years old applies to some vehicles that fall into the MOT scheme, the DVSA has clarified.

The ban covers England, Scotland and Wales and will affect tyres fitted on the front axle of a goods vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3,500kg, a bus, coach or minibus.

However, it also applies to vehicles with more than eight passenger seats that are not used commercially and are tested in MOT classes 4 or 5.

The DVSA’s Chris Price said: “This means failures for tyres over 10 years old on the front axle of any vehicles with nine or more passenger seats, and any single wheels of a minibus – 9-16 passenger seats.

“These vehicles will also fail if they do not display a legible date code on in scope tyres.

“So, when testing you will need to check that each tyre displays a date of manufacture or re-treading date on the appropriate vehicle.”

An updated version of the MOT inspection manual, setting out the detail of what testers will need to look for, will go live in January.

The DVSA says the additional check will not add significant time to the test because tyre condition is already checked.

The Department for Transport first announced the ban in July 2020 following a consultation and extensive investigations which indicate ageing tyres suffer corrosion which could cause them to fail.

DVSA’s chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “This new landmark legislation will help to protect all road users against unsafe vehicles.

“Drivers, owners and operators are responsible for the safety of their vehicles, so we advise them to start checking the age of their tyres to ensure they’ll meet the new requirements.”

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Hyundai launches new fuel cell system brand

‘HTWO’ set to accelerate hydrogen development

Hyundai Motor Group has announced the launch of its new dedicated fuel cell system brand, ‘HTWO’.

Building upon Hyundai’s 20-plus years of experience in hydrogen fuel cell technology, the new brand will help facilitate Hyundai’s global fuel cell business and grow the hydrogen ecosystem.

Hyundai Motor Group is stepping up efforts for the development of a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell system that can be applied to various forms of mobility such as UAM, automobiles, vessels and trains.

Its next-generation fuel cell system will be available for many different mobility products and services and promises to deliver enhanced performance at an affordable price.

The group aims to offer a highly efficient and diversified lineup of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Hyundai Motor Group has expanded its fuel cell system business, accelerating development of a hydrogen society and laying the foundation for the company’s HTWO brand, with initial focus on major hub regions – Korea, the United States, Europe and China.

Since marketing the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle ix35 in 2013, the group has been expanding its vehicle offerings powered by its fuel cell system such as Hyundai NEXO SUV, XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty truck and a fuel cell electric bus, as zero-emission mobility solutions.

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Servicesure celebrates the New Year in style thanks to darts champ partnership

Peter Wright wins world championship for first time.

Servicesure, the national garage network of The Parts Alliance, had reason to celebrate this New Year thanks to its partnership with darts champion Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright.

The 49-year old Scottish darts player won the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship on New Year’s day.

He scooped his first major title, the biggest event in professional darts, by seven sets to three with sustained high scoring and precision finishing.

The win saw him finally beat number one seed, three-time former champion and bookies favourite Michael van Gerwen.

A raucous Alexandra Palace roared on crowd favourite Peter, helping him realise a resolution that he made back at the beginning of his darts career to win the world title before he was 50.

Servicesure has sponsored Peter, who’s renowned for his colourful ‘mohawk’ hairstyle, since March 2017 when the partnership was launched with a special event at The Parts Alliance head office in Solihull.

Speaking at the sponsorship launch, former tyre fitter Peter said: “I’m thrilled to have the backing of Servicesure for what I hope will be an exciting period of my career.”

Paul Dineen, head of the Servicesure programme, said: “We were thrilled to see Peter get the victory he deserved and we’re proud to be a sponsor of the man who is now the world champion – it’s a brilliant way of getting our brand out there on a global scale.

“Both Servicesure and Peter have enjoyed success since 2017, and we’re excited to be on this journey with him.”

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REPXPERT Academy LIVE: High number of visitors expected at Basingstoke

Technicians advised to book places quickly for training concept held in partnership with the IMI.

With a significant number of places already snapped up, technicians are being urged to sign-up for the first REPXPERT Academy LIVE event of 2020, held at Basingstoke College of Technology, on Saturday 25th January.

The roadshow training concept continues its journey throughout the UK, following a successful debut at Lincoln College in November last year.

In collaboration with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Schaeffler is primed for a new group of visitors, all of whom are ready to experience a full-day’s training, geared to improve and futureproof their technical and business skills.

Workshop owners and technicians will be offered masterclasses by a team of Schaeffler REPXPERTs, who will be concentrating on LuK clutch technology, INA timing drives and modern thermal management systems.

There will also be a focus on new and upcoming vehicle technologies, such as hybridisation and electrification.

The Garage Inspector

REPXPERT brand ambassador and The Garage Inspector, Andy Savva, will also be hosting a class based on his popular business training sessions.

An award-winning ex-workshop owner, aftermarket commentator and now business advisor, Andy will demonstrate to workshop owners and their staff how they can ‘empower their workshop’.

These four 45-minute sessions will incorporate practical knowledge, theory and discussion elements, all designed to impart as much knowledge as possible.

This will ensure that each delegate will have the opportunity to absorb plenty of valuable technical and business-related information from every session.

There will also be plenty to see in the workshop throughout the day, with guest exhibitors, Laser Tools and TechMan, plus, of course, displays from Schaeffler, the IMI and Basingstoke College of Technology.

Entry to REPXPERT Academy LIVE is free of charge, and every visitor will be offered complimentary breakfast and lunch, as well as refreshments throughout. Doors will open at 9am, with the event due to finish at 4pm.

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Further reman engine growth expected after record sales in Europe, reports Ivor Searle

Benefits of more sustainable remanufactured components continues to gain traction across aftermarket.

Remanufacturer of major units, Ivor Searle, is predicting a boost in demand for its remanufactured products next year, following record sales of engines in Europe during 2019.

As laws surrounding the recycling of vehicle parts become more stringent in the EU than anywhere else in the world, Cambridgeshire-based Ivor Searle sees further growth opportunities as the benefits of more sustainable remanufactured products continue to gain traction across the aftermarket, both in its home territory and in continental Europe.

In a continually challenging economic climate, which has resulted in a significant slowdown in new car sales, added to the rising cost of insurance that has reduced the threshold for uneconomical repair, the market for remanufacture has developed as a competitive alternative to OEM replacement parts.

Ivor Searle claims to save garages up to 40 per cent on the cost of buying OEM by instead, sourcing high quality remanufactured engines, cylinder heads, gearboxes and turbochargers.

The automotive parts remanufacturing market in Europe is valued at around €10 billion and expected to reach €20 billion by the end of 2024.

According to its report, Automotive Parts Remanufacturing Market: Europe Industry Analysis and Forecast 2016-2024, Persistence Market Research projects that Europe’s vehicle parts remanufacturing market will grow by up to 8 per cent annually.

By the end of 2024, the report predicts the number of remanufactured products will surpass 56 million per year.

The emergence of more sophisticated components for controlling vehicle emissions performance, as well as significant growth in the take up of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), are considered to be key driver for the remanufacturing market’s growth, particularly in regard to diesel remanufactured engines for both cars and vans, the latter of which is the workhorse of the pan-European parcel delivery fleet.

In addition to strong demand for remanufactured engines, Ivor Searle forecasts increased growth for ‘reman’ gearboxes, turbochargers and other components.

Of Europe’s total automotive parts remanufacturing market, more than 40 per cent relates to cars.

With benefits to the consumer, aftermarket and the wider world, remanufacturing will continue to exert an increasing influence on the automotive industry, as David Eszenyi, commercial director of Ivor Searle, said: “Now that all EU manufactured cars have to be at least 95 per cent recyclable, plus billions of euros being poured into the development of AFVs, the automotive sector is looking to a sustainable future.

“Remanufacturing is a fundamental part of a Circular Economy, as it’s a cost-effective alternative to manufacturing brand new products and at the same time saving on raw materials and energy.

“A remanufactured engine from Ivor Searle will save around 55kg in core metal whilst using 85 per cent less energy than manufacturing. It’s a win-win process.”

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Lesjöfors acquires Metrol Springs Ltd in the UK

The company has a diversified customer base in the UK, Europe, the US, and Asia, serving industrial and automotive customers.

Lesjöfors AB has announced its acquisition of the shares in Metrol Springs Ltd, a leading manufacturer of tooling gas springs, special purpose gas springs, and gas struts, within the UK and other global markets.

The company has enhanced their product offering with the addition of linear actuators and a constantly expanding range of industrial hardware.

A large proportion of the sales are via their catalogue in conjunction with their current websites.

Metrol’s revenues amount to MGBP 7 with good profitability, of which approximately 40 percent are exports to more than 20 countries.

Based in Northampton, Lesjöfors has acquired the real estate on which Metrol’s manufacturing plant is located through shares in Nitro Springs Manufacturing Ltd.

Retiring Lesjöfors President, Kjell-Arne Lindbäck, comments on the transaction: “With its main business areas being gas springs and gas struts, Metrol will broaden the Lesjöfors Group’s offering for both existing and new customers.

“The decentralized, technical and sales-orientated business culture within Metrol mirrors the philosophy we have at Lesjöfors, which will make it easy to work closely in our joint development of this business.”

Recently appointed Lesjöfors President, Ola Tengroth, also commented on the transaction: “I look forward to supporting the development of Metrol going forward along with its strong management team, which is now fully integrated within Lesjöfors.”

Metrol’s principal owners, Andrew Marks and Robert Lamb, and directors Paul Hynes and Chris Pegram, comments on the transaction: “We are incredibly happy for the company to become a part of a group that has a global market presence with extensive knowledge of our business concept and ethos.”

In addition, Paul Hynes and Chris Pegram states: “We appreciate the decentralized structure of Lesjöfors and are looking forward to staying on and continuing to develop the company further.”

Robert Lamb is also enthused by the prospect of his continued involvement in Metrol as part of the expanding Lesjöfors team.

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The Parts Alliance open evening attracts over 200 customers despite heavy rain

The Parts Alliance’s new Midpoint Distribution Centre opened its doors for garage customers, attracting a total of 250 attendees including 25 key suppliers.

The open evening, held on Thursday 13 June had originally been intended to take place at GSF Birmingham but was moved to Midpoint to involve eager customers of local branches of CES and Bromsgrove Motor Factors too.

Guests were given tours of the distribution centre and, undeterred by the weather, were treated to a BBQ courtesy of Schaeffler’s LuK brand.

Dean Whitehouse, head of business development at The Parts Alliance, said: “It was an amazing night.

“We were delighted to see so many customers make the effort in spite of the awful rain.

“It’s great to be able to show hundreds of customers the investment we’re making to keep improving service levels and what goes on behind the scenes.”

Branch staff took the opportunity to chat to customers away from the pressures of work as suppliers also reported strong interest in the technology and product developments they were explaining.

Simon Moore, head of marketing at The Parts Alliance, said: “Despite atrocious weather, we had an unbelievable turnout and it really showed the loyalty of our customers to make the effort through the floods.

“It was wonderful to see so many people there and our thanks go to our suppliers and staff for putting together a great open evening.”

To find your nearest branch of The Parts Alliance please visit https://www.thepartsalliance.com/contact/branch-finder/.

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Latest MOT horror pictures serve as reminder to motorists about importance of annual test

MOT test stations across the country are continuing to report dangerous defects and MOT horrors.

The latest selection sent to the DVSA shows shocking bodges, dangerous repairs and defects as a result of overlooked vehicle maintenance.

One tester submitted a picture of a 2005 Toyota Landcruiser that came in for a ‘quick MOT’ before the owner set off on a trip with his caravan in tow.

The chassis mounting point for his nearside rear trailing arm had completely rotted away and the back axle was floating about.

The owner said it felt, “a little odd on acceleration”.

Thankfully, the caravan holiday was cancelled and the Landcruiser was scrapped.

Serious spring damage

Another tester from Keith’s garage in East Sussex sent in a picture of what remained of an Audi rear spring.

This car’s suspension was badly damaged and needed to be fixed before the car was driven again.

Seat belt bodge

Worrying photos showed a seat belt tied together, offering absolutely no restraint for the person on the seat in the event of an accident.

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