VLS Newsletter – April 2021

VLS Newsletter April 2021

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 68, with 3 products under investigation, 0 not compliant following investigation, 0 not compliant following six month review, 1 product not proven to be compliant and escalated to Trading Standards, 0 product compliant during investigation and no further action taken, 0 compliant following investigation, 0 compliant following six month review and 64 archived.

Case 010168 – concerns official approval claims made against an OEM specification. The case has been raised with the Named Party to which we are awaiting a response.

Case 010167 – concerns the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil. A sample of the product has been procured and tested. The matter has been raised with the Named Party and we are awaiting a response.

Case 010166 – concerns a 5w30 Longlife automotive engine oil with a VW 504/507 approval and also making marketing claims against a wide range of OEM specifications. The case is due for review at the six month stage in July 2021.

Case 010159 – remains under investigation and has been passed to UEIL regarding the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil.

To view the case outcomes, visit http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

For details of how to submit a lubricant product complaint to VLS, go to http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-handling-process/

Industry News

ACEA report that car makers are open to higher CO2 targets, if there is a matching infrastructure ramp-up across the EU.

The Department for Transport has announced a consultation amending the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) to increase carbon savings on land, air and at sea.

The Competition and Markets Authority has begun a review into the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation ahead of its expiry in May 2022.

SMMT reports that the new van market is still playing catch-up, despite Covid-contrived rise.

The EU Commission is currently preparing proposals for the introduction of stricter emissions standards (Euro 7) for all petrol and diesel cars, vans, lorries and buses as part of the Green Deal. The proposed rules will consider new vehicle technologies and ensure emissions are measured in real-time.

Media Editorial

Professional Motor Factor magazine, March 2021, featured commentary by VLS on the impact of ultra-low viscosity lubricants on reducing vehicle emissions.

Professional Motor Factor featured an online article by VLS in March 2021, on the strict environmental regulations that lubricant manufacturers and marketers have to comply with.

Commercial Vehicle Workshop magazine March 2021, featured an article by Andrew Goddard on the significant contribution lubricants make to lowering vehicle emissions.

Lube magazine, April 2021, features an article by Andrew Goddard on an update to the ACEA engine oil sequences planned for 2021. Page 44.

Lube magazine, April 2021 features an article by VLS on highlighting the important distinction between official approvals and other marketing claims, page 45.

VLS has produced a short introductory video to the ACEA 2016 engine oil sequences which is available on the homepage of its website.

Media Advertising

CVW magazine, April 2021, features a half page advert on VLS, page 33.

Lube magazine, April 2021, features a half page advert by VLS on page 45.

Autotechnician featured a half page advert on VLS in the March edition of the magazine, page 33.


CIS, the 8th annual CIS base Oils and Lubricants Conference will take place in Moscow, Russia between 19th and 20th May 2021.

Oil Doc will take place at Rosenheim, Germany on 8th to 10th June 2021.

Automechanika Frankfurt will now be held on 14-18 September 2021.

ELGI, the AGM will now take place 30th April to 3rd May 2022 in Hamburg.

Automechanika UK has been moved to 7-9 June 2022, NEC, Birmingham.

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