Train­ing call for me­chan­ics

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

A Kent deal­er­ship is help­ing the grow­ing num­ber of mo­torists fall­ing foul of rogue garages.

Hid­sons, the new and used car deal­er­ship in Rain­ham and Gravesend, has joined with the Na­tional Fran­chised Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (NFDA) to call for greater trans­parency of the car ser­vic­ing and re­pair in­dus­try.

A re­cent poll shows 84% of peo­ple are un­aware there are no min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tions needed for some­one to work as a car me­chanic, ac­cord­ing to re­search by the NFDA.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is now call­ing for tougher, legally en­forced min­i­mum stan­dards to raise the bar in the in­dus­try.

NFDA direc­tor Sue Robin­son said: “The av­er­age car is a po­ten­tially lethal weapon if poorly main­tained – mak­ing this a real is­sue of public safety. Any­one can open up a garage re­gard­less of their back­ground or abil­ity and we think this sit­u­a­tion needs to change.”

The NFDA ini­tia­tive would bring the UK into line with other coun­tries in Europe where au­to­mo­tive me­chan­ics are sub­ject to min­i­mum stan­dards of train­ing.

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