The Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) is the forum for trade associations and other bodies in the UK independent automotive aftermarket who, on an informal basis, meet to discuss topics affecting the market and exchange best practice.
When appropriate, the Group can take a collective point of view and initiate activities for the benefit of the associations’ members.
Recent examples of this are the successful conclusion of the UK ‘Right to Repair’ campaign, which was an important part of the European Union-wide campaign. Since mid 2010 the AALG has been encouraging activity via all its members to counter government proposals on relaxing MoT testing frequencies which would have had a devastating effect on the UK’s road safety record. The UK government finally heeded the group’s opinion and dropped the ill-considered proposals in early 2012.
The AALG has also supported the recent establishment of the ‘Right2Choose’ campaign, which aims to help motorists recognise their right to select a suitable servicing facility without being forced to use franchised dealers.
Currently, only vehicle manufacturers have direct access to their vehicle's data, which could ultimately detriment consumers, businesses, the economy and society. Independent service providers need equal access to the same functionalities and information with the same timescale to compete. Only then will consumers have a true choice of service providers.
Under EU Regulations renewed in 2010, car owners are no longer obliged to go their main dealer during the vehicle’s warranty period, so an independent garage can service your car leaving the warranty intact. The Right2Choose campaign ensures that motorists understand the choices they have for competitive car maintenance.
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The ProMOTe campaign has been established in response to the Government’s plan to consider extending the time allowed before the first MOT of a car or motorcycle's life from three years to four.