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BENEFITS OF VRA MEMBERSHIP


For just £10/ week you can have all these benefits all year round !!


 
FREE technical advice !!

VRA staff are ‘at the end of the phone’ to assist you with any queries you might have about legislation, permitting, Health & Safety, recycling targets, technical competence, consumer protection, illegal operators, training etc.  Decades of experience in the metals and dismantling industries at your fingertips!  VRA staff are widely respected for their knowledge of relevant legislation, by recyclers & government alike.

 
Site & business insurance !!

VRA can provide advice & assistance in both obtaining insurance & reducing the costs through minimisation of risks. VRA has a long-term relationship with Ingrams Hawkins & Nock (www.ihnsure.co.uk ) who in conjunction with a number of major insurers, specialize in providing cover for vehicle dismantlers, salvage agents & metal recyclers.


 
FREE access to the VRA car purchase system !!

Available only to VRA members, a pricing mechanism for buying scrap/ damaged/ unwanted vehicles, developed by VRA in response to demand from members.  Has the facility to price all vehicles or only those that you want.  Quote different prices according to make, model, age, fuel, delivery/ collection etc.  See www.mvdamotors.com.  Can also be incorporated into your own website to allow utilisation of your own web traffic & is already being used very successfully by a number of VRA members.

 

Quarterly magazine!

Delivered to you, by e-mail or on paper, every quarter and packed with the latest information about the Industry, legislation, new equipment, and much more.  Back copies archived in the ‘members’ section of the website.

 
Daily e-bulletin !!

Delivered to you by e-mail on a daily basis, this provides you with regular updates on key issues relevant to your business, including information about the Industry, legislation, training, new equipment, new technology and much more. 

 
FREE listing on the VRA website & social media !!

Your company & contact details listed on the VRA website with details of the services you offer to customers, & a hyperlink to your own website. And exposure through VRA social media - Facebook.  This service is 'free of charge' to all members.

 
 
Website design for Auto-recyclers !!

VRA has partnered with an experienced web design company which has delivered e-commerce packages for many small businesses with a range of budgets – including auto recyclers.  Some VRA members have already taken advantage of this to incorporate the VRA car pricing system.

 
Representing Your Interests to Government !!

VRA is the means by which information flows to and from Government, both UK and European.  We are the means by which our members are warned of new legislation or changes to existing legislation; and the means by which we let Government know the practical implications of these changes to our members and the industry as a whole. VRA represents professional businesses that recognise their responsibilities.  We will not try to defend the indefensible, but we work hard to ensure that our member’s interests are protected.

The major legislative changes that affect our businesses today are the result of European Directives and through the VRA's membership of EGARA (European Group of Automotive Recycling Associations) we are able to provide input both at the European Commission level and at European Parliament level.  This input is vital to both the future of our industry & your business.

 
Industry Training Schemes !!

Information about & access to training schemes for vehicle recyclers, including Technical Competence, Health & Safety, Airbags, Air-con, Part Worn Tyres, Fuel recovery etc.

 
Access to the annual AGM, seminar & social event!!

Meet with other like-minded vehicle recyclers at the annual vehicle recyclers event.  See up to date presentations from relevant organisations & relax over a meal & drink with your colleagues.


VRA milestones include:


Drained oil filters

Following a study conducted by the MVDA on the oil content of drained and crushed oil filters, the Environment Agency agreed that they would no longer be treated as hazardous waste and could be disposed of in the car shell

consignment charge for ELVs

MVDA successfully convinced the Environment Agency that compliance with the requirement to use consignment notes for undepolluted ELVs would be much higher if the £15 charge/ note was removed

Re-use of airbags

MVDA commissioned a highly respected consultant to look objectively at the issues surrounding the reuse of airbags. The resulting report, testing equipment & training course are all now available

Shock Absorbers

Many members complained about the unnecessary destruction of perfectly reusable shock absorbers as a result of depollution. And MVDA agreed; intact shock absorbers represent a negligible pollution risk. So MVDA undertook a detailed study & sent it to Government. And now Government agrees. See the full report in the members section.