New register of qualified mechanics

New register of qualified mechanics

Drivers should always check that motor technicians are fully qualified to work on their vehicle by making sure they are listed in the new Professional Register.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is offering the new guidance as, although there are in the region of 175,000 automotive technicians in Britain, the organisation only recommends around 27,000 of them to carry out work to its high standards.

The IMI's CEO Steve Nash reminds drivers that the motor industry is unregulated and anyone can call themselves a mechanic and work on cars. He said they may not have the expertise to make repairs or maintain cars correctly or safely, leading to possible accidents andbreakdowns in the near future.

Today's cars are becoming more and more complex, Mr Nash said. He said even 10-year-old cars involve more computing power than NASA used to put a man on the Moon.

He points out how workers in other industries, like gas engineers, have to be registered, but this does not apply to motor technicians, meaning some customers could face several trips to garages to correct faults because of incorrect diagnosis.

He is urging motorists to check they are on the Government-backed Professional Register before asking them to carry out work.

Copyright Press Association 2013