Overall the number of cases stands at 68, with 2 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, 1 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 investigated and resolved, subject to a six month review.
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 a response received through Trading Standards. We await a copy of the revised product label and Technical Data Sheet via Trading Standards in line with the changes agreed with the Named Party.
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. A copy of the CDP has been requested but not received and the matter has been raised with Trading Standards.
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.
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/
UEIL has released an OEM bulletin on Skoda whose owner manuals no longer mention engine oil specifications. The German competition authorities contacted Skoda who agreed to reinstate oil specifications by August 2021.
ACEA report that in April 2021 the EU commercial vehicle market recorded an accelerated increase in new registrations of 179.2%, totalling 171,283 units.
SMMT report that Britain’s cars are getting older at 8.4 years on average, but van ownership reaches an historic high.
DEFRA are consulting on plans to amend the Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging to cover the cost of waste packaging processing and disposal at the end of life whichwill include plastics and steel.
Department for Transport has laid draft legislation before Parliament concerning the introduction of E10 petrol (petrol with more than 5% ethanol) at filling stations in Great Britain.
Argus report that the EU Commission is considering a cut to the amount of tariff free Group II that can be imported into the region, down from 200,000 metric tonnes in the first half of 2021 to 150,000 metric tonnes in the second half.
Autorepairfocus featured commentary by VLS on the new ACEA 2021 Light Duty engine oil sequences.
Professional Motor Factor featured commentary by VLS on the new ACEA 2021 Light Duty engine oil sequences.
Cat magazine online featured commentary by VLS on the new ACEA 2021 Light Duty engine oil sequences.
Aftermarket online featured commentary by VLS on the new ACEA 2021 Light Duty engine oil sequences.
Garage and Mot online featured commentary by VLS on the new ACEA 2021 Light Duty engine oil sequences.
Professional Motor Mechanic online featured commentary by VLS on the new ACEA 2021 Light Duty engine oil sequences.
CVW featured commentary by VLS on the new ACEA 2021 Light Duty engine oil sequences.
CVW – VLS discussed the role lubricants play in reducing emissions in May.
CVW – VLS talked about the emerging Euro VII emission regulation in May.
PMF magazine featured a comment by VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard on the current state of the lubricants market.
Transport Operator – VLS spoke to Transport Operator in May about the changing lubricants market in light of the increased adoption of electric vehicles.
Lube magazine, June 2021 features an article by VLS on hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as an alternative to electric vehicles, Page 44.
CVW magazine June 2021, features a half page advert on VLS.
Lube Magazine, June 2021, features a half page advert by VLS on page 45.
Professional Motor Mechanic, May 2021, features a half page advert by VLS, Page 33.
Automechanika Frankfurt will now be held as a Digital Plus event on 14-16 September 2021.
International Week of Lubricants, 20th October, Moscow, Russia.
UNITI, 3rd to 4th November, Stuttgart, Germany.
Oil Doc will now take place at Rosenheim, Germany on 17-19 November 2021.
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.
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