MP backs call for car mechanic licenses

The MP for North Swindon has backed the national campaign to introduce proper licenses for car garages and mechanics.

Justin Tomlinson says he wants to protect his car-owner constituents from being stung by rogue or poor quality mechanics. At present there is no certification required to operate a car repair or servicing business while MOT centres are only inspected once a year, with the politician adding that he would oppose any plans to change this to only one inspection every two years.

Rogue mechanics have been cited as an increasingly prominent issue but while it might not currently be a legal requirement for them to be licensed traders, it is necessary for them to have a road risks insurance policy if they wish to legally drive customers’ vehicles as part of their business practices. Furthermore, any mechanic operating out of a business premises will need a combined motor trade insurance policy to protect the vehicles stored on site as well as have public liability and employer’s liability cover to protect themselves against any accidents that could occur on the premises.

MP Justin Tomlinson backed the licensing campaign after he visited Swindon motor dealer Pebley Beach. Managing director Dominic Threlfall took the opportunity to voice his concerns as well.

Mr Threlfall said: “Electricians and gas fitters have to be licensed, but anyone can open a garage and fix your car.

“A badly-maintained motor vehicle can be lethal, and the public need assurance that anyone working on their car is trained to the highest professional standards.”