West Country Scrapyard Boss Prosecuted...


A scrap yard boss has been prosecuted for running an illegal site, in the West Country. You can read the article on the gov.uk website by clicking here. 






The Complete Auto Recycling Show (CARS), Europe’s largest event dedicated the end of life vehicle recycling sector, is moving to the NAEC, Stoneleigh near Coventry, UK.

Expected to welcome an unprecedented 1700 visitors in 2018, the event is now in it’s fourth outing, taking place every other year since 2012. With an additional exhibition hall, more space for outdoor exhibits, and a larger live demonstration area, the 2018 show is bursting at the seams with new attractions and features.

One of those features, brand new for 2018 is the Business Doctors Surgery. Visitors can attend one of the various free seminars across the two days or book a one on one, to hear advice and guidance on how to increase profits and grow your business. The Business Doctors specialise in hands on support for small and medium sized businesses and their insights and anecdotes are guaranteed to give attendees food for thought.

CARS is Europe’s leading event dedicated to recyclers and processors of end of life vehicles but it offers visitors a different experience to your typical trade show. In addition, to the features you would expect to see, visitors will witness equipment working in its intended environment, discover the latest techniques and safety advice in the Skills Lab and have the chance to improve their contacts and discuss new opportunities in the ‘Meet the Buyer Lounge’.

With its excellent accommodation and transport links, the NAEC serves as an excellent platform for industry and ensures that CARS is a must attend for all those connected to the sector. Commenting on this year’s event, Show Director, Rob Mowat had this to say about what they have in store for 2018, ‘We can’t wait for the 2018 edition of CARS. With the event taking place every other year, there is plenty to talk about and lots for both exhibitors and visitors to catch up on. This year sees the arrival of the two shows at the NAEC in Stoneleigh, which is a fantastic space for the show to grow in, allowing more space for live demonstrations, indoor and outdoor exhibits, and both sector-specific and business focussed seminars’.

Confirmed exhibitors for 2018 include; Hammel, GreenCar Depollution, Blue Fuchs and Doyle Machinery while the event’s headline partner is Hollander International, providers of the Pinnacle Professional Yard Management System. 

CARS is co-located with the Metals Recycling Event and with both events free to attend, the show serves as a one stop shop for all those connected to the end of life vehicle and metal recycling sectors. 

On the evening of 11th July, the infamous Hollander International Evening Entertainment will take place on site. Registration for visitors is now open and visitors are encouraged to secure their accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

To register, enquire about exhibiting or for more information visit www.cars-expo.com

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Salvage Code of Practice Meeting - September 2017


BVSF were represented at a meeting of Thatcham and representatives from the Insurance Industry on Wednesday 13th September. The BVSF list of concerns with the code had been agreed by the Management Committee previously and pre-sent to form an agenda.

The BVSF can advise that the non legislative code as it currently stands with the alterations as agreed included, is acceptable to the BVSF and upon sight of the revised code and confirmation that the agreed alterations are in place will be signed accordingly.


The details of those discussion points appear below.

1)..BVSF were concerned over the fact that the Insurers were not prepared at this stage to enter into any further dialogue with regard to the sale of provenance known airbags.

BVSF advised that at the time of the next discussion of the code then this should be re-raised. It was suggested that BVSF should fund a further investigation with the view to a “PAS” or similar, the cost of this may well be prohibitive, however, even then, it was suggested that this wouldn’t automatically enable the  re-use of provenance known and electronically tested airbags to be sold. This matter will therefore require further discussion. It was noted during discussions that the potential for the code to become legislative was again mentioned. Clearly a degree of re-writing would be required for that to happen and Thatcham confirmed that BVSF would indeed be involved in any form of discussion re “adjustment” to the code after the first year. Obviously a major concern would be that IF the current code became legislative then the sale of airbags would be outlawed which the BVSF would not support.

2)..BVSF requested that the word “Repairable” was included in the section of the new code relative to the category “S” in an attempt to deflate the word “Structural” as BVSF were concerned that purchasers of repairable salvage would be “put off” by the word “structural”. BVSF confirmed that they were happy with the V5c notation which confirmed that although the vehicle was deemed structurally damaged it was considered by the insurers as repairable.

After a great deal of debate it was agreed to add the word “Repairable” in an acceptably prominent position within the code adjacent to the Category “S” notation which members could refer to when selling a Cat S vehicle.

3)..BVSF asked for confirmation that not all engineers would at the inception date of the new code be “qualified” in the use of the new code or indeed would have their “Competency ID Number” and that this included those qualified in both Motorcycle and HGV repair.

The Insurers and Thatcham confirmed that all engineers had 2 years from the inception date of the new code which is confirmed as 1st October this year to gain the qualifications as required, to include that of motorcycle and HGV repair. Should any engineer fail to gain their qualification or Competency Number by Oct 1st 2019 then they would be unable to inspect and categorise vehicles from that date onwards.

4)..BVSF asked for clarification as to the definition of a vehicle of special interest as this could be a serious loophole which vehicles could fall through. Thatcham ETC salvage sub group confirmed that “supercars”, ie Ferrari, Maserati etc are not considered vehicles of special interest and would be categorised in the normal way. Vehicles of genuine Historic Special interest would be dealt with as and when a claim arose on their own merits.

5)..BVSF requested that vehicles that had been totally submerged should be considered a Cat A rather than B. This was confirmed as the correct action to take therefore the code would be adjusted accordingly. Furthermore, BVSF requested that vehicles that had been damaged by corrosive, contaminated, polluted or salt water should also be considered Cat A. This the insurers would not readily accept but did agree that in these cases all categorisation would be made in the interests of the health and safety of members of salvage dealer staff with the opportunity to discuss in the event of a dispute.

6)..BVSF have long since complained about the references to motorcycle frames within the code and the veiled invite to attempt to repair these and to that end entered discussions with the Motorcycle Industry Association who agreed with our concerns.

BVSF can now confirm that this section of the code has now been re-written to confirm that NO category “S” can be used on a Motorcycle, it is either “N” or “A or B”  with members asked to act correctly when faced with a structurally damaged frame.

7)..BVSF raised the matter of Insurance repaired structurally damaged vehicles having a notation applied to their history as per salvage vehicles. It was generally agreed that this would be making the vehicles history transparent to purchasers but did not form part of the code discussions, however, it was generally agreed that this would be discussed in the future. This will be raised at the next Home Office meeting later this month.

8)..BVSF requested that stolen recovered vehicles with 20% or less damage would not fall within the remit of the code with the remainder being categorised as against the suggestion that all stolen recovered vehicles with little or no damage would fall outside the code. The insurers were, to a degree agreeable to the idea but wanted, in the first year of the new codes operation, to deal with each case on its own merits and re-discuss this matter in one year.

9)..BVSF asked if the rumour regarding the 2 codes working alongside each other had any truth, ie the rather confusing potential of 6 codes. This was advised to have emanated from Audatex and the rework was agreed to be up and running within 1 month of the inception of the new code.

10)..BVSF advised that the Secretary General (RW) would be attempting to gain the qualification and indeed competency ID asap so that in the event of a “problem categorisation” he could speak with experience. It should be noted however that with 2 years to gain the qualification set in stone as agreed by the Insurers and Thatcham that re-categorisation would be investigated, if requested by a BVSF member, by the Secretary General from the inception date of the new code in the event of an irresolvable categorisation dispute between the Insurer and the member. 

11)..BVSF asked in regard to those members who provide engineering facilities for insurers. It was confirmed that if a member “Suggests” a salvage category upon inspection with the final decision being the insurers then no further qualification is required. If however, a member provides a categorisation service for insurers then those staff members will require the full qualification and competency ID within the first 2 years.


I genuinely believe that this is the best outcome for members of the Federation and this is the culmination of almost 3 year’s work. 





Turning cars into CSR

The takeover of a car salvage firm is turning ‘four wheels’ into ‘four meals’:

A leading car salvage firm has been bought out by a unique social business to create an unrivalled offer in the car scrappage industry.

RAW2K joined the Recycling Lives group by acquisition this summer, further extending its customer offer after 17 years of steady growth.

RAW2K manages a number of contracts for insurance companies and police forces across the UK, as well as managing scrappage or auction of cars and end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) for the public via its online platforms.

It was bought out by Recycling Lives in July as part of the recycling and waste management business’ rapid national growth, which has also included opening four new sites nationally to process scrap metal and ELVs.

Recycling Lives has a unique business model, using its commercial services to directly support and sustain a number of charitable programmes, including food redistribution, offender rehabilitation and a residential charity tackling homelessness.

Now RAW2K’s clients gain unrivalled CSR from their contracts; For each car processed by Recycling Lives, its food charity programme delivers 4.3 meals to communities (based on Recycling Lives’ 2015/16 social value calculations for cars depolluted and meals delivered).  it creates dozens of jobs to manage the collection, depollution, processing and recycling of ELVs.

Jason Stinson, managing director of RAW2K, said: “We’re excited to be part of the Recycling Lives group and the opportunities this offers our clients. We now guarantee our clients additional value from their ELVs, not only guaranteeing best price at auction and maximum recycle rates but through Recycling Lives social value programmes.”

This charitable impact is on top of ongoing job creation from Recycling Lives’ national expansion - around half of its 245-strong team have come through its social programmes to support the long-term unemployed, ex-offenders and those who have been homeless.

Recycling Lives calculates its social impact annually, based on reducing reoffending and supporting charities through food redistribution. In 2015/16 alone it created £4.1m social value and delivered more than half a million meals.

Multi award-winning for its approach, it this year added a National Recycling Award to its trophy cabinet. It is also a double Queen’s Award winner, recognised for its commitment to sustainable enterprise.


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About Recycling Lives:

Recycling Lives is a multi-award-winning social business that combines commercial and charitable operations.  Its highly successful commercial activities, undertaking recycling and waste management with a commitment to 100% diversion from landfill, directly support and sustain a number of charitable ventures and social enterprises, including offender rehabilitation, food redistribution and a residential charity.

The company has operated in the recycling sector for 40 years.  With eight sites nationwide, including in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and the Midlands, its main 15-acre Recycling Park is home to state-of-the-art machinery, including Europe’s only fully-digitised fragmentiser.

Its charity works to create social impact through social and environmental initiatives.  In 2015/16 it created £4.1m social value through its activities.

Its HMP Academies programme is operational in nine prisons nationwide.  These academies allow offenders to undertake meaningful work, in recycling and fabrication processes, while improving skills and earning qualifications, in order to reduce their risk of reoffending.

Its Release Potential programme supports ex-offenders to find employment and accommodation, and works with a number of leading UK businesses.  Its residential charity offers structured support, accommodation and training opportunities to homeless adults.  

Its Food Redistribution Centre is tackling food poverty and reducing food waste.  It takes surplus goods from food manufacturers, suppliers and supermarkets – which would have been destined for landfill – and distributes it to charities and community groups working in deprived areas and with disadvantaged groups.  The Centre has redistributed close to 1,000,000 meals and diverted more than 400 tonnes of goods from landfill since launch in October 2015.

Its residential charity offers a safety net to homeless adults, and is a base from which they can develop life and work skills to regain their independence and move into meaningful work and stable accommodation.


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Roadside Emissions Testing by the DVSA


From August 2017, roadside checks of lorries carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will include an emissions check. 

DVSA will be targeting lorry drivers and operators who try to cheat vehicle emissions. The new checks will target those who break the law and will help to improve air quality.

This included looking at ways to reduce emissions produced by vehicles, including those used commercially. A final plan will be published by 31 July.

Fraudulent emissions readings

DVSA’s enforcement staff, and their European counterparts, have found evidence that drivers and operators use emissions cheat devices to cut the cost of operating. These include:

• using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working

• removing the diesel particulate filter or trap

• using cheap, fake emission reduction devices or diesel exhaust fluid

• using illegal engine modifications which result in excessive emissions

• removing or bypassing the exhaust gas recirculation valve

Taking action against emission cheats

DVSA enforcement officers will give the driver and operator 10 days to fix the emissions system if they find a vehicle with tampered emissions readings.

If the emissions system isn’t fixed within 10 days, DVSA will issue a fine and stop the vehicle being used on the road.

DVSA enforcement staff can insist that a vehicle be taken off the road immediately if they find a driver or operator is repeatedly offending.

Working with the EU

DVSA will investigate all Great Britain operators cheating emissions and pass the findings to the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain, who have the power to remove operator licenses.

DVSA will also continue to work with their counterpart agencies across Europe, and further afield, to make sure that all offences committed by non-Great Britain haulers are dealt with locally