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EV accreditation needed for roadside recoveries, IMI warns

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The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is warning recovery companies and emergency services that their personnel will need additional accreditation and qualifications before dealing with electric and hybrid cars.

RAC van and electric car

EVs are no more dangerous, but have unfamiliar challenges, the IMI has warned. Image: RAC

It follows a long campaign to get a Licence to Practise in place for workshops dealing with these vehicles, hoping to avoid the risk of serious injury from high-voltage systems, which has resulted in this being included in the Government’s Road to Zero strategy.

But the IMI is saying personnel working on these vehicles at the roadside require similar accreditation as, unlike garages, they have no choice in which models and technologies they will be dealing with.

Steve Nash, Chief Executive at the IMI, said: “There are risks when dealing with petrol and diesel fueled 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.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.