VLS Newsletter – April 2022

VLS Newsletter April 2022

Case Summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 71, with 3 products under investigation, 1 compliant following investigation and 67 archived.

Case 010171 – is under investigation concerning OEM approvals claimed on four lubricant products.

Case 010169 – concerns a 5w30 automotive engine oil and the claims made on the product. The case is under investigation.

Case 010167 – concerns the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil. The investigation has been concluded and is subject to a six month review in April 2022.

Case 010159 – remains under investigation and has been passed to UEIL regarding the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil. UEIL has written to the OEMs referenced on the product labelling who are pursuing the matter.

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

Following a Board meeting held in February, VLS has amended its verification process. If, during the course of an investigation VLS finds issues of non-compliance which fall outside the original case complaint then these will be brought to the attention of the Named Party, and the fact that there were additional issues or ‘advisories’ will be listed in the case investigation outcome. At the six month review stage if these ‘advisories’ have not been addressed by the Named Party then the detail of these advisories will be published along with the case outcome. The revised process can be seen at www.ukla-vls.org.uk

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 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published a comprehensive guide to national and international automotive regulation.

Department for Transport has announced that the UK is on target to deliver 4,000 zero emission hydrogen and electric buses with a £200m boost.

Competition and Markets Authority has announced the timetable for a review of the UK Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation which expires in May 2023.

AP news report that a chip shortage has forced General Motors to pause production at its plant in Indiana.

SMMT report that UK car manufacturing falls for the 8th consecutive month as global chip shortage persists.

European Union is carrying out unannounced antitrust inspections in the automotive sector.

API has updated its list of companies making unauthorised use of certification marks.

Media Editorial

Lube magazine, April 2022, Mike Bewsey, Chairman of VLS talks about marketing claims.

Lube magazine, April 2022, David Wright, Company Secretary of VLS talks about where product responsibility lies.

Media Advertising

Autotechnician, March 2022, page 41 features a half page advert by VLS.

Lube magazine, April 2022, features a half page advert on VLS.


ELGI 32nd Annual General Meeting, 30 April to 3 May 2022, Hamburg, Germany.

UK Garage and Bodyshop Show, 8-9 June 2022, NEC Birmingham.

ICIS World Base Oils Conference, Windsor, Berkshire, UK. June 27-28 2022.

Lubricant Expo will take place on 6/8 September 2022 in Messe Essen, Germany.

Automechanika Frankfurt will take place on the 13-17 September 2022.

Automechanika UK has been moved to 6-8 June 2023, NEC, Birmingham.

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