John Stubbs, head of technical policy at the AA, said: 'Manufacturers must be more forthcoming. They may say their vehicles are fine, but they should put their money where their mouth is and offer a free back-up service in case there are problems.'
Roger King, deputy chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: 'It is important not to get too paranoid about the problem. There is not a problem with year 2000 compliance for any of our members, but you can never be 100% certain. However, vehicles are not just going to stop when midnight comes.'