Chairman's End of Year Message
We are close to the end of yet another very successful year for the BVSF despite what has again proven to be a very hard economic climate. However, membership numbers have remained static with a few losses for various reasons made up by a number of gains particularly following the very successful CARS event in July.
One of the highlights of the year in my opinion was the AGM and Seminar held at the Coombe Abbey Hotel in April. Arguably the best event held by the BVSF to date. This event not only dealt with the serious business of the day but also provided a very important social atmosphere soaked up by the large numbers of delegates who willingly gave up their time to attend. Some excellent speakers held their audience captive with their presentations and a number of delegates agreed that it was the opportunity to meet individuals from government departments that company directors from the BVSF membership should make every effort not to miss.
I would like to personally thank my colleagues on the Management Committee for giving up their time to attend meetings throughout the year to discuss and agree the many actions of the BVSF.
There have been a number of developments throughout the year and indeed are on-going and these have been reported in global mails, monthly newsletters and indeed the magazine in your hands now.
For example the on-going Salvage Code of Practice which, quite rightly, the BVSF have refused to support, due to the, now proven, danger to the public with regards to the sale of undeployed airbags from provenance UNKNOWN vehicles and indeed non viable imported products on internet auction sites.. The BVSF have campaigned tirelessly to be allowed to sell provenance known airbags to negate any risk to the public but the scribes of the new code are yet to see the error of their ways.
A dangerous product known as RCF was discovered in Catalytic Converters and this caused the EA to declare all “CATS” as extremely hazardous requiring companies who decan CATS to obtain further qualification. The BVSF sought a company for this training for the few members who have chosen to either start or continue de-canning.
The EA then decided to implement a Fire Prevention Plan guidance document that was written so poorly that it endangered the very fabric of the salvage/dismantling industry. The BVSF were quick to challenge the EA and have managed to convince the EA to change the wording considerably thus reducing the impact on our industry. I also happen to know that the BVSF are currently creating a template for BVSF members to provide the EA with a suitable FPP without the potential huge expense of involving an outside consultant.
I will close my end of year message by commending Roger for his unending hard work on behalf of the Membership, despite for him, a year of great sadness in his immediate family. It is, in my opinion a great shame that many members do not realise the amount of work that he does for the Membership. I would also like to mention Heather who deals admirably with the accounts in such hard financial times.
Finally I look forward to meeting many of you at the AGM/Seminar on April 6th next year, again at the Coombe Abbey and in the meantime wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous, Peaceful and Healthy New Year.
BVSF AGM and SEMINAR 2017
The event in 2017 will again be held, by popular request, at the Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry on 6th April 2017.
Speakers confirmed so far are from HSE and DVLA, with more to follow.
The timings of the event are still being worked on although it is expected that the formalities of the AGM will start the proceedings at 11.30 to allow plenty of time to travel up, down or across !
As usual with our event the actual AGM ( Open to members only), the buffet lunch, teas and coffees and indeed the afternoon Seminar are all free of charge to members and their guests.
Moving to the evening, the evening dinner will be followed by our entertainment for the event (suitable for all!), the raffle which is almost an event in itself and finally the presentation of the Combellack award. The award on this occasion has already been decided after a number of suggestions from both outside and within the Federation and hopefully will be a total and well earned surprise to almost everyone attending.
The displayers will all be Strategic Partners of the Federation both long standing and new as it has been decided that as it is these companies that choose to support the members then it is these that have the benefit of displaying.
The invitation letters and booking forms will be despatched BY EMAIL on the first working day after the Christmas festivities. Should you prefer a posted invite etc then please make contact with the office on 01303 814325 as soon as you are able.
The Hotel has on hold 50 rooms for our use and this year we managed to fill them so it is important to book promptly to avoid disappointment and it is far more cost effective to share a room either as double or twin format although single occupancy is also catered for. If you wish to only stay for the evening meal and entertainment then this is also available.
Please remember that this is YOUR event and probably the only opportunity to speak personally to representatives of Government Departments which is a reason to attend on its own.
We had over 80 attendees last year which I would like to try and beat this year if at all possible.
Finally I would like to thank Dave Harcourt of DH Systems for kindly sponsoring the table wine at Dinner.
I look forward to seeing you all at the event.
BVSF AGM 2016
Another very successful event again held in the magnificent Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry. A record number of delegates this year descended upon the Abbey and the feedback thus far is all confirming that it was both enjoyable, interesting and of considerable benefit to all delegates.
Over and above the actual AGM which conjured up a number of questions relating to the Salvage Code of Practice and Air Bags, we enjoyed a marvellous buffet lunch following which we had 4 speakers including the Fraud section of Lloyds Bank, a real eye opener to companies at risk from Fraud, both electronic and by telephone. The Tyre Recovery Association with whom the BVSF has now effectively joined forces in an attempt to implement a code of practice for the sale of part worn tyres. The Environment Agency relating to illegal operators, amongst a number of other subjects and our very own Jason Cross from Fab Recycling talking about how to improve your business.
The first feedback to be received after the event read as follows… 'Many thanks for your kind hospitality at the AGM Seminar on Thursday. A thoroughly enjoyable dinner and some very good speakers during the day. Congratulations for putting on another great event.'
It is these sort of comments that make the organizational hard work very worthwhile.
The themed evening meal loosely based on Downton Abbey (Aptly named Downtrodden Abbey) for the event was excellent and I am very proud to announce that Table 1 got the murderer again for the second year running (It was the cook!). Although apparently a joker in the room felt that Allen Prebble of Silverlake Garage was a close run second!!!
The evening rounded off with the presentation of the Combellack Award to John Schofield and his team at Car Transplants, a very worthy recipient and a lifetime achievement award to Bernard Simpsom of Simpson Brothers. Bernard has been retired from the industry for some years but was a member of the BVSF almost from inception and still shows huge interest in the industry, attending the AGM every year.
So on to thanks:-
I would like to thank Kevin Robinson of Lloyds Bank, Peter Taylor of The Tyre Recovery Association, Tania Tucker of the Environment Agency and Jason Cross of FAB Recycling for their excellent presentations, also I would like to thank the following special guests who gave up their time to attend the event, they are Les Elliott of Allianz insurance, Paul Hallet of BIS, Nigel Wiiliams of BEN, Ali McQueen of the CARS Team, Mark Hyde of WAMITAB and Steve Rooney of Plum Publishing. Pen ultimately I would like to thank my Daughter, Shelby who stepped in to assist on the day when my Wife Heather was unable to attend. Finally my thanks go to all the delegates who of course made the event the success that it was, see you next year.
MAN ARRESTED OVER FAKE AIRBAG SALES
The BVSF said it would happen, why don’t the powers to be now allow us to sell correctly tested, provenance known un-deployed airbags via the up and coming “new” salvage code of practice, and make eBay or similar sales by non-compliant individuals illegal and we will drive this lunacy away. The Government are all for “protecting the public”, this is a wonderful opportunity.
A man has been arrested by police as part of a major operation into the sale of fake car airbags.
City of London Police detectives believe 680 people made purchases from a UK-based eBay account found to be selling counterfeit airbags and covers.
A 34-year-old man was arrested in Blandford Forum, Dorset, and is being questioned by officers.
Police have warned the airbags could pose a danger to drivers and passengers.
City of London Police, which is co-ordinating the investigation, has also found more than 100 suspected counterfeit airbags of various makes at an address in Poole.
Bomb squad officers were called to the premises to ensure there was no risk of the airbags exploding.
The airbags have been taken to a Ministry of Defence facility for safe storage.
The inquiry, Operation Landguard, was launched in January after Honda UK conducted test purchase on airbags sold through eBay.
Two airbag units and an airbag cover for the Honda Accord and Honda CRV bearing the Honda badge were found to be fake.
Detectives discovered that fake airbags had been supplied by the eBay seller to at least 148 individuals or businesses since September 2013.
Officers are also looking into another 532 purchases to see if they concern other counterfeit manufacturer car parts.
The airbags were being sold for £170, about half the cost of genuine Honda airbags.
Police say the fake airbags are made differently from the real ones and there is a "significant risk" they will not inflate in an accident, or that the metal Honda emblem will fly off.
They have advised car owners with concerns about their airbags to contact car manufacturers.
Press Release relating to the sale of part worn tyres.
I have read with great interest various articles from “Tyre Safe” on the “dangers” of purchasing and fitting part worn tyres.
As the Secretary General of the British Vehicle Salvage Federation a large number of BVSF members do indeed sell part worn tyres, correctly checked and marked as they should be. It is totally wrong that “Tyresafe” are effectively “tarring with the same brush” a legitimate sale of components by bona fide salvage buyers with those that are simply avoiding the law for profit with no thought for the consequences.
Tyresafe clearly advise that “98% of part worn tyres are sold illegally and this 98% relates to the failure to mark the tyre as part worn rather than its ability to operate correctly, lets be honest here, every vehicle on the road today is running on a part worn tyre, it becomes part worn the moment the wheel rotates on the road for the first time.
BVSF members sell tyres from natural end of life vehicles caused by structural corrosion, expensive engine repairs etc etc and of course accident damaged vehicles written off by the Insurers that in most cases have perfectly good tyres on them (The members only sell tyres that have been checked, marked and have at least 4 mm of tread remaining) and as the salvage and recycling industry is targeted by government to re-use and recycle it makes perfect sense to check, mark and re-sell these tyres. Indeed when the BVSF approached a senior official in the British Transport Police he confirmed that he would far prefer to purchase correctly tested high quality part worn tyres than new low quality tyres.
I agree that we must protect the public from both themselves having little or no knowledge of potential tyre issues and also from rogue companies that capitalise on this lack of knowledge.
However, I don’t agree with the simple statement after examining a few tyres to “read about the proven dangers etc etc” as this is simply scaremongering and damaging to a legitimate industry.
I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the public at large that members of the British Vehicle Salvage Federation do indeed act correctly and are not the rogues described in the press release by “Tyresafe”. It is confirmed that part worn tyres are available from BVSF members at low cost, having been correctly examined, tested and marked and are perfectly capable of the same use as a new tyre costing vastly more money.
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