Specification for vehicle damage repair processes is due to undergo its first full revision since its publication as a British Standard in 2014. It specifies requirements for vehicle damage repair carried out by garages, service centres and mobile repair services.
Due to significant changes to the design and manufacture of the motor vehicle in recent times, such as ADAS, powertrain electrification and vehicle connectivity, changes are required to the standard to accommodate the new technology in the repair of vehicles.
BS 10125, from its inception as PAS 125 in 2007, was built on the four cornerstones of safe repair as designed by the sector responsible for safe repair. These cornerstones are commonly referred to as the Four Ms – Man, Method, Machine and Materials. It is the firm belief of the SVS/20 Automotive Services committee, chaired by Dean Lander, Head of Repair Sector Services at Thatcham Research, that each one of these fundamentals has been affected by technology, environmental and political advances and, as such, all the standard clauses require a thorough review and revision where necessary.
Nick Fleming, Head of Transport and Mobility at BSI said: “The automotive industry has seen a great deal of change in the last few years, it’s important that BSI’s standards such as BS 10125 adapt to meet with industry requirements and continue to promote consumer protection. This latest revision to BS 10125 will help to ensure the standard reflects new vehicle connectivity, safety and powertrain technologies in the automotive repair process.”
Dean Lander, Chair of Automotive Services committee (SVS/20) said: “The committee is delighted to be able to start a significant revision of BS 10125. We look forward to developing a drafting panel to complete the initial review before involving the entire industry, through SVS/20 and the wider consultation, to ensure the standard is fit for the future of the automotive repair sector. I cannot express just how important BS 10125 is for the industry and that is why I am determined that we will be able to deliver an up-to-date standard that is fit for purpose and meets the needs of industry”.
At its height, around 900 UK body repairers held PAS 125 Kitemark certification. Currently there are 705 body repairers that achieve the BSI 10125 Kitemark specification, according to the BSI website.