THE INSTITUTE of the Motor Industry (IMI) has called on the government to introduce new laws to protect mechanics who work on electric vehicles (EVs).
Meeting with the Department for Transport (DfT) yesterday, the IMI presented new research and recommendations to the government department to explain why a new regulation should be brought in to guarantee the safety of vehicle technicians working on high voltage cars.
In addition to calling for all mechanics to be protected, the IMI wants to ensure independent garages are not excluded from the commercial opportunity presented by a new generation of EVs.
While the organisation feels the motor industry remains largely unregulated, it says that its research has found that the introduction of a licensing or accreditation scheme could provide businesses with a higher skilled and fairer market for servicing and repairs on vehicles with new technology.
The meeting, which took placed between Jesse Norman MP, secretary of state for the DfT, and Steve Nash, pictured, chief executive of the IMI, was deemed a positive step towards shaping a new regulation to safeguard all technicians working on EVs.
Nash commented: ‘The IMI has outlined three recommendations for the government to consider when it comes to supporting the automotive retail sector’s transition from internal combustion engines to advanced hybrid and electric powered vehicles.
‘The risk to health and safety is very real and needs to be addressed with urgency. It is also vital that the regulatory mechanisms are in place to support businesses that will come into contact with these vehicles and will be made to defer business because of the lack of skills.
‘The IMI is continuing to work with government in mandating a requirement for competency-based standards to support the industry in technologically disruptive times.’
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