Which of the following professions do you think have a code of honest conduct: Bankers, MPs, Mechanics or Gas Installers?
The answer will surprise you: Only mechanics.
This is despite a new poll revealing that 95% of the public think it is important that MPs and bankers sign such a code.
It may be no coincidence that the same poll revealed that mechanics now rate at 76% for trustworthiness - compared to only 33% for bankers and a mere 18% for MPs.
The mechanics' code of honest conduct is part of the Automotive Technician Accreditation scheme (ATA), which has been a runaway success since its launch in 2005. Since then, it has signed up over 19,000 technicians - a rate of over ten a day.
"We've been thrilled with the success of the ATA scheme," says Nigel Beaven, spokesperson for the Institute of the Motor Industry, which regulates ATA. "Both automotive technicians and consumers have really responded to the scheme, which offers not just a code of honest conduct, but also the reassurance that a technician has proved they have the right skills to service or fix vehicles."
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