Vehicle installers provide the crucial technical skills to ensure radio-frequency equipment is installed correctly and safely into motor vehicles. This includes anything from audio system upgrades and reversing sensors in private cars to mission-critical comms in blue-light vehicles or intrinsically safe hand-sets in petrol tankers. FCS policy work on behalf of professional vehicle installers is based around five fundamental principles:
Free and competitive markets: Articulating the case for consumers and public sector buyers to use specialist vehicle installers. Ensuring the SME supplier agenda is fully understood by public sector buyers.
Transparency of competition: Ensuring customers are aware there is a viable and professional alternative to retail outlets or franchised dealerships
Equivalence of Access: Representing the voice of the independent installer in industry discussions on digital switch-over, public sector procurement, e-Call or the ‘connected car’. Establishing FCS1362 as the default reference standard in the Crown Commercial Service vehicle conversion framework RM956. Campaigning to create a new market for owners of second-hand vehicles to upgrade the low-quality OEM audio and electronic equipment with which their car was sold.
Regulation which recognizes the distinct nature of the business-to-business market place: Ensuring policy-makers do not see only the perspective of new vehicle manufacturers, franchised dealerships and consumer groups.
Industry best practice, where the industry itself sets the appropriate performance/quality levels: Administering the FITAS accreditation scheme for vehicle engineering to the FCS1362 Code of Practice. Maintaining the MPT radio industry codes of practice. Championing an industry-authored benchmark for the correct installation of radio-frequency equipment into vehicles -- both the National Association of Police Fleet Managers and Crown Commercial Services insist upon FCS1362 as the default benchmark for vehicle installations. Brokering common approaches to end-of-life and recycling/reuse obligations.