The opinion among the majority of motor manufacturers appears to be that the cars themselves are unlikely to be affected. However, experts warn that everything from software systems to fire alarms could be hit by the arrival of the year 2000 - and that unless companies act now the problems could be unavoidable. The Association of British Insurers and the Department of Trade and Industry have teamed up to launch a campaign to highlight the need for businesses to take action - saying that many businesses have failed to appreciate the importance of the event.
It warns that the millennium problem is likely to cost industry and commerce billions of pounds in Britain alone and says sensible companies will be aiming to do all necessary work well before December 1999. For most companies December 1997 should have been the deadline for essential work.