BVSF AGM/Seminar 16th April 2015.
The BVSF AGM and Seminar was held this year at the Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry. An excellent turn out of both Members, Strategic Partners and indeed various guests gathered on a beautiful spring morning and the “sun continued to shine” on the event throughout the day.
The AGM held no surprises and all delegates present seemed very happy with the way in which the Federation was conducting itself and its current financial stability.
A number of questions were raised in AoB concerning the recent “draft” Salvage Code of Practice and it was confirmed that the BVSF were very unhappy with the draft, in particular its evident lack of “teeth” (still) and the fact that the 4 categories were proposed to be reduced to 3 with an all encompassing and potentially disastrous suggestion that the heading “Structurally damaged” should be used. With the Insurance industry completing “Structural Repairs” every day of the year and not necessarily at PAS 125 body shops, why treat repairable vehicle salvage differently. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for safe vehicle repair and will support this wholeheartedly but if we are going to have to have this description then it should apply to ALL structural repairs not just Salvage ones. Why not, for example use the heading “Technical Damage”, this, at least would provide the Salvage Vehicle with a chance of re-sale !! There are a number of further issues that I could mention but this article would run to many pages, suffice to say that the BVSF will fight tooth and nail for its members to get a reasonable code that can be adhered to safely.
The Seminar, held in the afternoon began with a presentation from John Dwyer, Police Commissioner for Cheshire and this conjured up a great deal of questions and comments from the floor, again relating to many aspects of the proposed draft code and indeed the prospect of removing ANY possibility of a Cat A or B vehicle, or indeed any other vehicle of this description masquerading as a Cat C or D from ever appearing on the UK roads again. Simply stopping the DVLA from issuing V5’s in these cases will go a long way to help but will not resolve it completely.
The second speaker was Duncan Price from the Department of Transport and, as to a degree expected, this produced a considerable question time, again on the subject of the draft code of practice. It can be confirmed that a letter has now been received from Mr Price confirming that “I have appreciated the comments you have given in writing on the draft salvage code and the comments made at the meeting. I can assure you we will consider them.”
Our third speaker was Alastair McPheat of Zein Marketing who provided an excellent insight into the reasons behind the shift from hard copy advertising to electronic advertising although he went to great lengths to confirm that there was very much still a place for hard copy magazines in our society.
Finally, and by no means least important was an excellent presentation from Chris James of CoTC/WAMITAB explaining that certain funding was now available to BVSF members for training and qualification purposes and it was considered that amongst other things this was a huge benefit of membership.
During the evening was a themed meal (murder mystery), rather unsurprisingly won by John Dwyer (The Police Commissioner) who disagreed with the rest of Table one who were completely wrong and paid the price of failure.
The new style raffle (with circa 200 prizes) provided 2 charities with a good sum of money and was enjoyed by all.
Two Combellack awards were made this year, both were total surprises for the recipients. Chris Morgan from ASM received his from last years winner, Jason Cross, at the end of the evening and I was given a second Combellack award by the Management Committee which I shall treasure for the rest of my days.
The DVLA are keen to seek views on how the trade plate system is working, in particular to gain a greater understanding of issues that trade licence holders face in displaying the trade plate. They would be very grateful if BVSF members and Strategic Partners (If applicable) would consider the attached survey and would also welcome any general comments a BVSF member or Strategic Partner would like to make in this area.
All comments to be forwarded to the BVSF in the usual way for onward transmission to the DVLA.
Remove My Car provides ELV recycling targets for its Members
Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) concerned about rising ELV recycling targets will be reassured by the news that BVSF Strategic Partner Remove My Car (RMC), has launched a new system dedicated to achieving 95% recycling rates.
In an industry-first move, the nationwide vehicle recycling specialist has introduced a new system which will allow ATFs that are part of the exclusive Remove My Car affiliate network to reach 95% ELV Recycling and Recovery targets at no extra cost. This will ensure that from 2015 all ATFs working with Remove My Car can successfully achieve the targets required by more stringent UK recycling legislation.
ATFs that are a part of the RMC network are already benefitting from the facility to issue Certificates of Destruction (CoDs) following the company’s recent integration with the DVLA. This allows ATFs to effortlessly and quickly process CoDs for each ELV they recycle and more efficiently than the DVLA website at no extra cost. And now, the company is providing even greater benefits to ATFs as it looks to create positive change in the ELV industry.
While most ATF sites throughout the UK can confidently recycle up to 85% of an ELV using post shredder evidence, revised 95% targets from 2015 will be more difficult to achieve without significant post shredder residue contribution. This is by no means guaranteed both in terms of availability and reasonable cost. However, Remove My Car is confident that its new initiative will guarantee that the vehicles recycled through its network can meet 95% recycling targets as required through the issuing of a CoD.
Managing Director Steve Queen explained: “It is widely considered in the Industry that 95% recycling rates for ELVs is a ambitious target to achieve. We have been travelling throughout the UK, meeting with some of our ATF sites to hear how they will be affected by the new recycling targets and to discuss how we can assist. We have taken this progressive step to ensure that ATFs within our network are meeting targets and contributing to improved environmental standards. The new update will be live from January 2015 and will provide inestimable benefits to our ATF network.”
ATFs are becoming increasingly aware of their recycling obligations and are being asked to prove that they are meeting their environmental commitments. Official figures recently released state that the UK car manufacturing and recycling industry met its statutory 2012 EU targets to reuse, recycle, or recover 85% of the weight of end of life vehicles; however the 95% target is seen as much more challenging. Nevertheless, this is now achievable with the help from one of the UK’s leading recycling networks removemycar.co.uk
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