Graphic image of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) logo

IMI calls for EV technicians' training and accreditation

Published:  07 September, 2018

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has been lobbying for the introduction of regulation for vehicle technicians working with electrically-propelled vehicles. It believes it is vital that training and accreditation is extended to those dealing with the latest automotive technology at the roadside. 

Recent reports of an electric vehicle, which caught fire after it had been recovered by emergency services, underline the need for industry-led accreditations and qualifications for roadside technicians and emergency services personnel working on EV and hybrid vehicles.

The IMI’s recommendations to implement a Licence to Practise for those working on electric and hybrid vehicles now form part of the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy.  And the IMI is urging roadside and emergency services to ensure their workforces are equally well prepared.

Steve Nash, chief executive at the IMI, said: ‘In the most recent case, a Tesla battery caught fire again, even after fire services had put the initial blaze out and the vehicle was in storage.

‘As motoring technology advances, it is vital that any professional coming into contact with these vehicles has the best possible training.

‘Of course, there are risks when dealing with petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles – electric vehicles aren’t inherently more dangerous.  But the reality is that technicians and emergency services have had a lot longer to understand the risks of petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles. 

‘These professionals are currently operating in an unregulated space and we firmly believe that our proposed Licence to Practise, supported by accreditation schemes, will deliver a higher level of competency, skill and safety for technicians and motorists alike.

‘As we advance towards a zero emission future, the technology that roadside technicians and emergency services will be coming into contact with on a daily basis will change – with high voltage electrics becoming commonplace. But those who aren’t properly trained or equipped will be at risk from serious injury or potentially fatal shock.  And it’s important to remember that emergency services don’t make a choice about what vehicles they deal with.

‘We have lobbied the government to act now to ensure that a regulatory standard or license to practice is introduced for anybody likely to deal with these vehicles. We have put forward detailed proposals for such a regulatory standard and how it can be administered and enforced.’

Related Articles

  • Cefic welcomes deal to reform EU Emission Trading Scheme 

    The political deal to reform the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) has been welcomed by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), says Cefic director general Marco Mensink.

  • Brigade Electronics welcomes plans for technology in Direct Vision Standard 

    Brigade Electronics says it welcomes the Mayor of London’s latest version of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) which now includes the use of cameras and sensors and says changes to vehicle design cannot replace vehicle safety devices.

  • Denis Naberezhnykh, of TRL, welcomes action on petrol and diesel vehicles 

    ‘TRL welcomes the news that the UK Government will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040. This is largely in line with the Government’s existing commitment to almost entirely decarbonise the transport sector by 2050, which would have required that sale of new vehicles from 2040 are restricted to zero-emission capable vehicles.

  • Measures to cut emissions before 2040 

    Following the government's annoncement that diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040, Peter Millichap, UK director of marketing at Teletrac Navman, says the impact of this will be huge but points out that there are measures transport companies can take to reduce emissions right now.

  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Time for the UK Government to act 

    In the wake of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's report: ‘Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The future?’, TRL’s academy director Nick Reed, offers his view.


Sign Up

For the latest news and updates from LAPV.






Linkedin

LAPV (Local Authority Plant and Vehicles) is the only UK information source purely dedicated to local authority vehicles and affiliated plant equipment. Appearing four times a year, it offers well-researched technical articles on the latest equipment/technology as well as in-depth interviews with key industry professionals. More...

Facebook

Twitter


All content © Hemming Information Services 2018

Sitemap