The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has joined with the Shadow Minister for Transport Karl Turner to request an amendment to be made to the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill.
The new clause added to the Bill would require the government to bring forward regulations for technicians working on automated and electric vehicles in order to ensure they are properly trained, accredited and licensed to carry out repairs and maintenance of these vehicles.
This potential scheme would be regulated by a professional body who would operate a licensing scheme for those technicians.
IMI chief executive, Steve Nash (pictured), said:“After giving evidence to the committee, our campaign is getting parliamentary support, with Karl Turner MP acknowledging the need for a license to practice for automated and electric vehicle technicians.
“This amendment is a positive move forward in our campaign, and the IMI will continue to carry the baton in order to support and protect those working in the automotive sector.
“The IMI’s campaign, which is backed by businesses and experts across the sector, has been underpinned by a new research report that presents the case for regulation around the dangers of technicians repairing and maintaining automated and electric vehicles without sufficient training.”
NC6 To move the following Clause -
“Licensing and accreditation scheme for technicians working on automated and electric vehicles”
(1) The Secretary of State must by regulations establish a scheme for the licensing and accreditation of technicians working on automated and electric vehicles.
(2) The scheme must include details of—
(a) which professional body will operate the licensing and accreditation of technicians,
(b) how the licensing and accreditation scheme will operate,
(c) a minimum level of training for technicians working on automated and electric vehicles, and
(d) how a list of accredited individuals will be prepared and kept up-to-date.
(3) In this section “working on automated and electric vehicles” includes isolating, inspecting, repairing and maintaining vehicles that are listed under section 1 of this Act.”