UK independent garages have responded enthusiastically to last week’s announcement that they will be able to access Security-related Repair and Maintenance Information (SERMI) using the same framework as their EU counterparts, thanks to agreements reached by the Independent Garage Association (IGA).
The IGA reports that garages are getting in touch in large numbers to register their interest in the scheme, which will transform the way garages and workshops access manufacturer technical information on security systems such as keys and ECU coding, by creating one central audit and certification process.
IGA Chief Executive Stuart James said: “Independent garages have a real hunger to keep up with the ever-more advanced technologies in modern vehicles, and so we have seen an extremely positive response from the sector to our news with expressions of interest flooding in.”
The scheme is available to all UK garages on an equal footing and is being delivered on a not-for-profit basis in the UK by RMI Standards and Certification. Fees have been set at a level that should be affordable for all garage businesses.
The first step for any garage wanting to register for the scheme is to obtain Basic DBS certificates for the business owner and the employee or employees who will be registered to the system.
Stuart is encouraging any garage with an interest in the scheme to get in touch now, get the ball rolling on their DBS checks, and be at the front of the queue for formal enrolment, expected to begin in late July.
He added “The hard work is now starting with the roll-out and the statutory side of getting this scheme up and running.”
“We are delighted to be able to offer something so positive for independent businesses. They will finally have a robust system for accessing security-related information. SERMI is the key to the future.”
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