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BENDavid Main to step down from BEN in July

David Main, chief executive of BEN, has today announced he is to retire from the organisation in July 2016.

His successor is Zara Ross. She joins from her current role as director of transformation and development with the St Monica Trust in Bristol.

Main (pictured) led BEN’s executive management board from 2009.

He is credited with overseeing the restructure and expansion of the support services function, enabling BEN to help many more people from the automotive sector – and their dependents – with a broad range of support and care needs.

Robin Woolcock, president and chair of the board of trustees at BEN, said: “It is no exaggeration to say David has been the major driving force behind the success and transformation of BEN in recent years.

“His financial background has proved invaluable as BEN transitioned from its 100-year-old legacy to the modern multi-faceted, not for profit organisation we are today.

“These achievements would not have been possible without David’s business acumen and extensive experience across many different market sectors, putting in place measures to make us far more financially durable and securing our long-term stability.

““I would like to take the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to David Main for the outstanding work he has done in navigating BEN through the significant transformation we have seen in the past few years. BEN truly is a totally different organisation from the one David joined.”

His successor Ross has been responsible for the development and management of a number of new care services for children, families and people with disabilities in Scotland and was head of care and head of human resources and organisational development with the St Monica Trust.

Source: AM-Online

dieselCould Brexit delay the decline of diesel?

Brexit could offer diesel vehicles a stay of execution as the UK would no longer need to meet the stringent EU emissions laws prompting manufacturers to slow production from 2017, claims

Activity on shows that the number of diesel cars being searched for has remained static over the last six months, with activity for hybrids and electric vehicles increasing by 68%.

If Britain leaves the EU, however, it would no longer be held accountable for failing to meet tough EU environmental laws and would be free to repeal them, resulting in a potential reprieve in the decline of diesel.

Terry Hogan, co-founder of, said: “EU directives have empowered campaigners to hold the UK Government accountable for failing to meet certain emission targets.

“For example, a legal challenge by environmental lawyers, ClientEarth, citing an EU directive, has led to old diesel lorries, vans and taxis to face charges for driving in highly polluted urban zones.

“A move away from the EU would almost certainly see the power of campaign groups to challenge the Government fade away.”

The House of Commons fears that this lack of accountability may result in weaker air quality rules, said.

Should Britain remain in the EU predicts that 2017 will be the year major manufactures will likely decrease diesel production due to the EU’s tough stance on emissions leading to the rise in the registration of hybrid and electric alternatives.

The stunted growth of diesel registrations, coupled with tougher pollution limits and depreciating values, will also play a part in this.

This also follows a recent report by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health that air pollution causes at least 40,000 deaths a year in the UK, with diesel emissions a major factor in this.

Figures from the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that diesel registration growth slowed to 0.6% in January 2016, indicating a decline when compared with the 2.7% diesel growth recorded in January 2015.

Petrol hybrids showed the largest growth for 2015, with registrations up 44.1% in January proving that manufacturers are responding to consumer demand for more economical options.

It was recently reported that some leasing companies are being forced to cancel orders for plug-in hybrid vehicles as demand is greatly exceeding supply

Source: AM-Online

euDealers and car manufacturers face new data laws – and help is at hand

Dealerships and manufacturers face a triple data regulation change on top of the finally agreed EU data law, but the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is stepping up assistance in aiding compliance.

Although Brussels has completed a U-turn on the terms of the new EU data law that was threatening to undermine the capability of service departments and car sales staff and marketers to communicate with consumers, it is now domestic regulators that are posing new challenges.

A parliamentary Select Committee has announced it wants the Government to introduce much stricter data laws that go beyond the recently announced EU law – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The committee believe that current sanctions have not been an effective deterrence to rogue marketers, and a key element of its recommendation is introducing criminal sanctions with the aim of focusing the minds of business leaders to ensure data protection policy is treated with much greater importance.

At the same time the ICO is introducing a policy of actively seeking out data offenders rather than investigating complaints, and is reviewing its guidelines with a view to introducing tougher regulation, plus it will double in size this year, and may move into bigger premises.

In addition, Ofcom has completed the consultancy period of a review of rules as part of its initiative to introduce more control in the way businesses are allowed to communicate by telephone with customers and sales prospects. As yet there is no date for publication of regulation changes.

Although everyone responsible for sales and marketing contact with customers and sales prospects will have to understand and adopt multiple rule changes, the ICO is providing practical support to assist in meeting new regulations. It has introduced an online self-assessment tool that enables users to identify all of the considerations necessary under the Data Protection Act

Source: AM-Online

PendragonPendragon and Jardine join London Motor Show line-up

Pendragon and Jardine Motors have joined the fast expanding line-up for the London Motor Show.

The all new event runs from 5-8 May at Battersea Park Evolution with Motor Trader serving as B2B media partner. Leading dealer groups already committed to the event include Marshall Motors, HR Owen, Cambria Automobiles and Sytner.

Pendragon’s prestige Stratstone division will represent Aston Martin at the event following the recent unveiling of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 which enters UK showrooms later this year.

Jardine Motors will be showcasing McLaren Automotive which this year expands its line-up with the McLaren 570GT, which joins its expanding Sports Series range which already includes 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé.

Also joining the line-up is Bell and Colville who will represent Lotus Cars. The Surrey-based business is the longest serving Lotus dealer in the world having represented the iconic sports car brand since 1970.

An integral part of the London Motor Show will be the Motor Trader Village with Motor Trader inviting businesses with customer facing products to showcase their services.


Posted by Sue Robinson on 24/03/2016