Below you will find a number of links you may find useful, including Motor Industry Trade Associations, Government Departments, Safety and Research Organisations, Motor Industry Training Schemes, Motor Industry Charities, Campaigns, Garage Schemes, Automotive Technician Accreditation, News, Reviews and Sales. Feel free to browse the full list or use the drop down menu to filter the results by category.

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Trade Associations

Automotive Distribution Federation - ADF
The Automotive Distribution Federation (ADF) is the UK trade association representing manufacturers, importers and independent wholesale distributors (motor factors) of automotive components and other materials.

Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators - AVRO
“AVRO was formed in 1977, the idea for the trade association came through recognition of a need to establish a representative body to lobby government departments and other organisations involved in the decision-making process on all matters relating to the vehicle recovery industry and also to raise standards in the recovery industry.”

Freight Transport Association – FTA
“The FTA represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air. FTA members operate over 200,000 goods vehicles - almost half the UK fleet. In addition, they consign over 90 per cent of the freight moved by rail and over 70 per cent of sea and air freight.”

Institute of the Motor Industry – IMI
“The IMI is the professional association for individuals working in the motor industry. The Institute is the Sector Skills Council for the automotive retail industry, part of the Skills for Business network and also the governing body for the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme.”

International Federation of Automotive Aftermarket Distributors – FIGIEFA
“FIGIEFA represents the interests of 26 national trade associations of automotive aftermarket distributors from 23 countries worldwide. Founded in 1956 FIGIEFA's interest is to safeguard free competition in the aftermarket on European and international level.”

National Tyre Distributors Association – NTDA
“Since 1930 the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has championed and promoted the interests of the tyre retailer. That role remains unchanged to this day, although the Association has evolved significantly since the earliest days of motorised transport.”

Retail Motor Industry Federation – RMIF
“The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMIF has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.”

Road Haulage Association – RHA
“The Road Haulage Association (RHA) provides dedicated campaigning, advice, information and business services specially tailored for the haulage industry. They also use our buying power to negotiate exclusive savings on a range of key haulage services, saving Members time and money.”

Scottish Motor Trade Association – SMTA
“The SMTA is a Trade Association established in 1903 to “encourage, promote and protect” members of the Motor Trade in Scotland. The SMTA represents all types of businesses involved in all aspects of the industry, including the sale of vehicles and accessories, servicing and repair – both mechanical and bodywork – MOT stations and all ancillary and allied trades.”

Society of Operations Engineers – SOE
“The SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) is a leading membership organisation for engineers in the transport, plant and engineer surveying industries. Whether you're starting, progressing or finishing your career the SOE is here to assist you in gaining professional recognition and career development.”

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders – SMMT
“To encourage and promote in the United Kingdom and abroad the interests of the Motor Industry.”

Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association – VBRA
“VBRA is the lead Trade Association for Vehicle Body Building, CV, Car Body and SMART repair. It is a consumer friendly, member driven organisation structured to best represent and assist its members within their sectors, in the UK and Europe and in their interaction with their customers.”

Government Departments

Business Link
“Business Link helps your business save time and money by giving you instant access to clear, simple, and trustworthy information. It is developed in partnership with subject experts within government and relevant business-support organisations to help you comply with regulations and improve performance.”

Department for Transport – DFT
“The Department for Transport's aim is transport that works for everyone. This means a transport system which balances the needs of the economy, the environment and society. The Department for Transport provides leadership across the transport sector to achieve its objectives, working with regional, local and private sector partners to deliver many of the services.”

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency – DVLA
“The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT). The Agency is accountable to the Secretary of State and Ministers and, through them, to Parliament and the public, for efficient and effective management of the Agency and its responsibilities. Their primary aims are to facilitate road safety and general law enforcement by maintaining registers of drivers and vehicles, and to collect vehicle excise duty (car tax).”

“Envirowise offers UK businesses free, independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimise waste and reduce environmental impact.”

Health and Safety Executive – HSE
“HSE's job is to protect people against risks to health or safety arising out of work activities."

Highways Agency
“The Highways Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT), and is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport. They have a major role in delivering the Government's Ten Year Plan for Transport.”

“NetRegs provides free environmental guidance for small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. They will help you to understand what you need to do to comply with environmental law and protect the environment. This may even help you to save money by showing you ways to use your resources more efficiently.”

Office of Fair Trading – OFT
“The OFT is the UK's consumer and competition authority. Their mission is to make markets work well for consumers.”

Vehicle and Operator Service Agency – VOSA
“The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) provides a range of licensing, testing and enforcement services with the aim of improving the roadworthiness standards of vehicles ensuring the compliance of operators and drivers, and supporting the independent Traffic Commissioners.”

Safety & Research Organisations

“Brake is a national road safety charity with two aims; to prevent death and injury on the roads through education of all road users and campaigning for improvements to road safety, and to care for people who are bereaved or affected by serious injury in a road crash through support services.”

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – RoSPA
“The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a registered charity established more than 90 years ago that aims to campaign for change, influence opinion, contribute to debate, educate and inform - for the good of all.”

Thatcham Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre
“Thatcham provide a unique range of products and services to the insurance and motor repair industries. Primarily, they conduct research and produce data. This data assists in the efficient, safe and cost effective repair of motor vehicles. Thatcham also work closely with vehicle manufacturers to influence the design of new vehicles. Their aim is to improve safety and security.”

Tyre Safe
“TyreSafe is the new name for the Tyre Industry Council, a not for profit non commercial organisation set up 16 years ago with the responsibility of raising the awareness of the importance of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.”

Training Schemes

City and Guilds
"City & Guilds is the UK's leading vocational awarding body and a household name in the UK. We offer over 500 awards in almost all sectors and at all levels from entry to post graduate. We operate in around 100 countries worldwide, working closely with employers to ensure that our qualifications are a true reflection of the relevant skills and competence levels they are looking for."

ProAuto Training and Development
"The very best quality automotive technical training and ATA assessment services. Let us show you how we can broaden the knowledge and skill of your technical staff, making them more adaptable, pragmatic and ultimately more productive."


Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Funds – BEN
“BEN was founded in 1905 by Arthur Wilson (1858-1945) - a leading advertising agent in the motor and cycle industries - to provide care and support for employees and their dependants in times of need. BEN offers financial, emotional and practical help and support to more than 15,000 men, women and children who have a connection with the automotive sector.”

Garage Schemes

BSI PAS 80 Kitemark – Vehicle Servicing and Repair
“The Kitemark® scheme for Automotive Services is a voluntary, third party scheme that ensures that the standards of PAS 80 are met and maintained. The PAS 80 specification has been developed by BSI in conjunction with respected members of the automotive industry.”

Motor Industry Code of Practice – Service and Repair
“The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair commits garages to an open, fair and responsible way of doing business. It is a voluntary code that aims to deliver the benefits of self regulation to garages and their customers.”

The Good Garage Scheme
“Becoming a member of the Good Garage Scheme has many benefits. Our strict policy on maintaining the highest levels of quality and service will ensure members reap the rewards of favourable recommendations as well as benefiting from the scheme's extensive marketing campaign.”

News, Reviews & Sales

“Welcome to nirvana for car enthusiasts. You’ve just entered the online home of the world’s oldest car magazine, and the only place on the internet where you can find Autocar’s unique mix of up-to-the-minute news, red hot car reviews, conclusive road test verdicts, and a lot more besides.”

Auto Trader
“Welcome to Britain’s busiest, most popular and most profitable automotive website. not only features the country’s largest selection of cars for sale, it also plays host to bikes, caravans, plant, trucks and caravans too.”

Performance Car Magazine
Performance Car Magazine is published monthly by Unity Media Plc for owners, drivers and enthusiasts of performance cars. It is wholly independent of any manufacturer, club or association.

Aftermarket Network
Aftermarket Network - News, products, technical, careers and training information for workshops and suppliers to the aftermarket.

AUTOiNFORM is a bi-monthly, online publication that offers the automotive aftermarket a fresh, exciting new platform using high quality video and interactive page layouts. AUTOiNFORM delivers focused, practical guidance on the key area of vehicle diagnostics, enabling workshops and technicians to download actual vehicle repairs. These include troubleshooting, diagnostic procedures and what equipment to employ. AUTOiNFORM also offers news on the latest equipment, interviews with industry figures and experienced technicians plus technical tips from experts. This is presented in a high quality online format and delivered directly to the inbox of automotive professionals.

Automotive Technician Accreditation

Automotive Technician Accreditation – ATA
“Automotive Technician Accreditation is a national voluntary scheme which tests the current competence of individuals working in the retail motor industry, who are committed to an ethical code of conduct.”

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