Welcome to the website of the British Vehicle Salvage Federation which is the representative body of the vehicle salvage industry in the United Kingdom.The members of the BVSF meet all statutory requirements and work to high standards laid down by the Federation which include adherence to the market wide vehicle salvage Code of Practice. The BVSF is recognized by all relevant Government de
partments and agencies, the Police, Insurers and other industry representative bodies with whom it has close links.
Abolition of the Paper Counterpart to the Driving Licence
I am writing to update you on the latest developments regarding the abolition of the paper counterpart to the driving licence. As you know ministers have committed to abolish the paper counterpart as part of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge initiative to remove unnecessary burden.
I can confirm that following detailed consideration ministers have agreed that the paper counterpart will be abolished on 8 June 2015 (Rather than 1st January as previously suggested). This means that from that date the DVLA will no longer issue paper counterparts, and those in circulation will no longer have any legal status.
The DVLA focus continues to be on bringing on technical solutions that provide up to date, fit for purpose alternatives to the paper counterpart, and they will keep me informed of progress on the development of these services which I will cascade to the membership.
Click here to view the initial briefing pack which outlines the changes.
Abolition of Tax Disc
As you are hopefully aware the abolition of tax disc was implemented 1st October, one of the secondary benefits of this initiative was the automation of any road tax refund due for those vehicles sold / transferred /disposed. As a consequence, where vehicles that have been issued with a COD or NOD by a ATF, if they subsequently request a reversal of the COD/NOD, the reversal process is taking longer for those vehicles that were ‘taxed’ at the time the COD/NOD was issued.
We previously advised ATFs this reversal process could take up to 7 days, but for those vehicles that are taxed when a COD/NOD is issued, this reversal process can now take up to 3 weeks.
BVSF Appoints new Honorary Chairman!
The BVSF is delighted to announce that Percy Snow is to become our new Honorary Chairman
To read the full story follow this link
Vehicle Identity Check no longer required to return written-off cars in roadworthy condition!
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said: "It’s clear the scheme isn’t doing its job and it is hitting honest motorists in the wallet. The VIC scheme is nothing more than unnecessary red tape, which is why we are getting rid of it."
To find out more about this hugely important announcement follow this link to the Department for Transport website
Behind the Scenes your BVSF has been working hard for the members, recent notable work.
We have contributed to the recovery vehicle document and were the only non recovery delegates to do so.
We have prevented the Home Office from applying a cash ban on the purchase of Non ELV vehicles.
We have supplied relevant information/advice leading up to the inception of the Cash for Scrap ban and were the first to do so.
We have reduced waiting times for VIC tests in various parts of the country and are still battling for an answer on the VIC scheme. Click here for more detail ............
BVSF members make a major contribution to the community through the reuse of salvage vehicles and through the recycling of materials and components recovered from seriously damaged vehicles. Many damaged vehicles are suitable for repair and reuse. Those which are more seriously damaged are disposed of by BVSF members in accordance with the End-of-Life Vehicles legal requirements for the recycling of component materials.
If you are a registered vehicle salvage company and you have been in business for at least one year you may apply to join the BVSF. Click on "Application" There are substantial benefits which can be obtained from membership. These include the following:
- Enhanced market status
- Increased contract prospects
- BVSF Special Insurance Facility (which could save you your membership fee)
- Fuel Card Facility (which could save you your membership fee)
- Special terms for the transportation of salvaged vehicle parts
- Recognition by leading authorities
- Free supply of BVSF salvage industry magazine.
- Monthly electronic newsletter
You could enhance your status in the market by joining the BVSF. You would increase your prospects to obtain contracts from Insurers, local Authorities, Police and other sources of salvage vehicles. You would also receive an ongoing service of information of developments which might affect your business. You would have access to preferential parts distribution terms exclusive to BVSF members. There is also a specially negotiated Insurance Facility with excellent cover and attractive terms. All members receive a regular Update Newsletter and free copies of the exclusive BVSF Vehicle Salvage Professional quarterly magazine keeping you up to date on everything you need to know about vehicle salvage developments