VLS Newsletter – March 2020

VLS Newsletter March 2020

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 65, with 4 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 59 archived.

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

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

Industry News

ACEA, the European Association of OEMs, report that over the first two months of 2020 the passenger car market fell by 7.4% to 957,052 vehicles registered.

API the American Petroleum Institute has identified 15 products making unauthorised claims against the API standards.

UK Government is finalised its consultation on the introduction of E10 fuel, unleaded petrol containing up to 10% bio matter, currently the UK uses E5 unleaded petrol containing up to 5% bio matter.

ILMA report that the Corovid 19 virus is accelerating driverless technology.

Media Editorial

Commercial Vehicle Workshop magazine for March 2020 on pages 16 and 17 contain an article from Andrew Goddard Chairman of VLS, on the European Union Green Deal and the impact on the lubricants sector.

Garage magazine Issue 308, contains an article by VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard on page 28, on the impact on the lubricants sector by the announcement by the UK Government of the end of sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles.

Auto technician magazine for March features VLS in its regular feature on oils & lubricants, Pages 42 to 44.

Aftermarketonline.net features an article by VLS on the change to the process adopted by the European Technical Association, ATIEL, on its global product compliance programme in response to VLS case 160.

Media Advertising

Professional Motor Mechanic features a half page advert from VLS in its March edition.


UNITI, April, Stuttgart has been postponed to September.

ELGI, Hamburg April has been postponed.

VLS will be exhibiting at Automechanika UK at the NEC in Birmingham on 8-10 June, 2021


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