The ABP Club Ireland National Meetings and Expos, sponsored by PPG Industries, took place this week at Croke Park, Dublin on Wednesday, and the Titanic Quarter, Belfast on Thursday and have been hailed a resounding success.
The meeting brought together repairers to discuss the latest opportunities and challenges facing the repair market on the island of Ireland.
The Meetings and Expos brought together bodyshop owners and managers, with suppliers to the bodyshop sector, along with other stakeholders in the industry such as insurers, trade associations, inspection and assessment bodies etc.
Alan Nolan, Director General of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry told the Croke Park meeting that he expects to see new regulations in place next year, which will mean all insurance write-offs in Ireland will have to be registered on the National Driver and Vehicle file.
Mr Nolan told the meeting that the Road Safety Authority was working towards the implementation of this key road safety initiative and he hoped the regulations would come into place next year.
Dr Ian Marnane, from the Environmental Protection Agency told the meeting that on-the-spot fines for non-compliant bodyshops are on the way.
Dr. Marnane said that Local Authorities would soon have the authority to issue €500 on-the-spot fines for non-compliant bodyshops and €1,000 fines for Motor Factors found selling non-compliant paint.
Andy Walker from Thatcham gave the meeting an overview of the cars of the future and the challenges this could prove to repairers.
Dr. Arthur O”Sullivan told the meeting that 54 bodyshops have now received the Certified Steel Standard (CSS) and said he expected this number to reach 80 in the next 12 months.