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New code of practice for equipment fitting launched

The latest version of the code of practice for installers of in-vehicle equipment (known as MPT1362) has been launched by the Federation of Communication Services (FCS).

MPT1362 includes detailed technical guidelines on safe installation, antenna installation, legal requirements, interference checks, customer communication and user training.

With increased driver legislation and new vehicle-tracking services on the horizon through road pricing and pay-as-you-go insurance, the demand for accepted standards in after-market installation is very strong.

This is the first revised code to be published following a thorough review by the FCS Equipment Installers Group. The voluntary code is recognised by equipment manufacturers, equipment installers, fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, and transport and logistics companies. It has also been adopted by many local authorities and the emergency services.

Jacqui Brookes, CEO of the FCS, said: “The installation industry is fragmented with thousands of practitioners who are either specialist wireless equipment installers or who install all types of aftermarket products. MPT1362 goes far beyond simple compliance with technical and road-safety regulations. Driver and public safety can be directly affected by faulty installations so we encourage businesses and individuals to select installers who understand this and know what the industry recommends.”

The code is available on the FCS website www.fcs.org.uk/mpt1362. A hard copy is available from FCS for a fee.

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