VLS Newsletter – February 2022

VLS Newsletter February 2022

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 69, with 2 products under investigation, 0 not compliant following investigation, 0 not compliant following six month review, 0 product not proven to be compliant and escalated to Trading Standards, 0 product compliant during investigation and no further action taken, 1 compliant following investigation, 0 compliant following six month review and 65 archived.

Case 010169  – concerns a 5w30 automotive engine oil and the claims made on the product. The case is under investigation. We have been in contact with the Named Party regarding this case and have also contacted the distributor.

Case 010168 – concerns official approval claims made against an OEM specification. The case has been subject to a six month review, found to be compliant and the case concluded. The case was archived on the 2nd January 2022.

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/

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) proposals for Euro 7/Euro VII set out in June 2021 are no longer feasible due to a delay by the European Union Commission to implement the new regulation now expected to come into force in April 2022 to take effect in 2025.

ILMA – report that private manufacturing wages saw a record rise in Q4 2021. Transpacific freight costs remain 8-9x their pre-pandemic norm.

The Department for Transport has announced revisions to the Highway Code giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists over cars and trucks in a new road user hierarchy.

SMMT report that the UK’s favourite car colour is grey despite a switch to ‘greener vehicles’, and the most popular car make in that colour is the Volkswagen Golf.

ATIEL – has revised its Code of Practice to take account of changes to the ACEA 2021 light duty engine oil sequences and included a requirement for marketers In case of dispute between marketer and customer, or as a result of periodic quality surveys which may be undertaken, SAIL may request the marketer to provide the records relating to the quality issue of the product in question.

Lube magazine February 2022, Mike Bewsey, Chairman of VLS, talks about hydrogen fuel and hydrogen fuel cell technology as a viable alternative to the electrification of vehicles, Page 38-39.

Media Editorial

Aftermarket, February 2022 Page 5, features the outcome of VLS case 010168.

Media Advertising

Professional Motor Mechanic, February 2022, features a half page advert by VLS on Page 21.

Commercial Vehicle Workshop, February 2022, features a half page advert by VLS.

Lube magazine, February 2022, features a half page advert on VLS on Page 39.


Mach 2022, 4th to 8th April, NEC, Birmingham.

UNITI, 26 to 27 April, Stuttgart, Germany.

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

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

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

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.

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