News & Publications - E-news
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October 2013 - 151st Edition
- Brad Coupland Celebrates 15 Years With AirCare
- AirCare Certified Repair Information Sessions
- PVTT’s 14th Annual United Way Campaign
- Three AirCare Certified Repair Centres Voted Best of Vancouver
- Remembrance Day Closure
Brad Coupland Celebrates 15 Years With AirCare
This month we celebrate Brad Coupland’s 15 years of service with the AirCare program. As an Emissions Testing Specialist, Brad has the double duty of operating the AirCare Research Lab and providing repair technical support for the technicians and the general public.
Brad’s strength lies in his innate ability to take complex technical repair jargon and make it simple for the average person to understand and appreciate. Needless to say Brad has been an integral part of the success of the AirCare program.
AirCare Certified Repair Information Sessions
On November 6 and 13, the AirCare program will be conducting our final AirCare Certified Repair Information Sessions. These info sessions were created in 2006 as a way to gather AirCare Certified Repair Centre owners and technicians together and inform them of new policy developments, provide technical seminars and most importantly allow the industry to connect and engage with AirCare staff.
The sessions generally consist of presentations, technical seminars and a Q&A component. These annual events have proven to be a valuable forum for technicians, service advisors and facility owners to share ideas and provide valuable feedback. Engaging with the repair industry through several facets is important because a well informed and competent repair industry is crucial to the success of the AirCare program.
The sessions will be held on November 6 at The Sandman Hotel in Langley and November 13 at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in Burnaby.
PVTT’s 14th Annual United Way Campaign
The 11 employees of Pacific Vehicle Testing Technologies will kick off its 14th annual United Way workplace campaign in the month of November. PVTT is the operating subsidiary of TransLink that is responsible for the administration of the AirCare program.
This year PVTT employees have set a targeted giving goal of $10,000 for the United Way. Since PVTT’s workplace campaign began, over $173,000 has been raised by employees to help fund all the critical programs that the United Way and its 150 community partners provide in this region. For more information on the United Way of the Lower Mainland, visit: www.uwlm.ca
Three AirCare Certified Repair Centres Voted Best of Vancouver
Three AirCare Certified Repair Centres were recognized in The Georgia Straight’s annual ‘Best of Vancouver’ issue. Occupying the top spots in the Best Auto Service (Independent) category were Pawlik Automotive, Tremblay Motors and Varsity Automotive. AirCare Certified Repair Centres have consistently placed high in the automotive service category.
This marks the fourth year in a row that Pawlik Automotive garnered the most votes. The following are how the shops placed in the survey.
- Pawlik Automotive - 30-966 Southwest Marine Drive www.pawlikautomotive.com
- Tremblay Motors - 1505 West 3rd Avenue www.tremblaymotors.ca
- Varsity Automotive - 2880 Arbutus Street www.varsityauto.ca
For more information about the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver annual survey, go to www.straight.com/bov/2013/results/11/1905
Remembrance Day Closure
AirCare Inspection Stations will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Remembrance Day. The inspection stations will resume normal business hours (8:30 am - 5:00 pm) on Tuesday, November 12.
Total Inspections: 42,421
Pass: 37,996 (89.57%)
Fail: 4,297 (10.13%)
Conditional Pass: 128 (0.30%)
Total Inspections: 40,606
Pass: 36,343 (89.50%)
Fail: 4,159 (10.24%)
Conditional Pass: 104 (0.26%)
Total Inspections: 377,310
Pass: 338,473 (89.71%)
Fail: 37,910 (10.05%)
Conditional Pass: 927 (0.24%)
In preparation for the AirCare Repair Industry Sessions, PVTT staff have prepared some interesting historical statistics for the repair industry.
- AirCare has tested 2,773,657 unique vehicles since 1992.
- 968,477 individual vehicles have failed at least one AirCare test.
- 36% of all vehicles tested have failed once or more.
- The AirCare Certified Repair industry has submitted repair data on 570,647 tests.
- 78,673 catalytic converters replaced
- 96,923 O2 sensors replaced