Training call for mechanics
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.