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IGA to launch security portal for independent garages

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The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is set to launch GarageSafe to establish and maintain access to security level vehicle information for independent garages.

The IGA said GarageSafe is based on America’s National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), which already has security and key coding information for many vehicle manufacturers.

The organisation is bringing the online gateway to the UK with the intention of supplying information to certified garages.

Stuart James, IGA chief executive said: “Securing access to information for the independent sector has been a very long-drawn-out challenge, and it is now more important than ever with advances in technology that the independent sector can continue to access this information.

“Consumers must have the freedom to choose where to maintain and repair their vehicles and GarageSafe provides a pioneering solution, taking another step forward in quality and reassurance for consumers who choose a reputable independent garage.”

“America’s new bill is a step in the right direction. President Biden is making consumer choice a priority which cements everything the IGA is aiming to achieve with GarageSafe and NASTF.”

GarageSafe will be launching in the UK and available to IGA members later this year.

In December 2021, the IGA donated £20,000 to automotive charity Ben to help the charity provide vital support to people in the automotive sector.

It also announced a second round of subsidised hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) Level 3 courses for technicians, in November 2021. 

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) recently warned there will be a shortfall of almost 36,000 EV-trained technicians by 2030 if retraining isn’t addressed urgently.

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