What is VRA, who we are and what we do



  • Is the UK Trade Association for vehicle recyclers (vehicle dismantlers, salvage agents, scrap metal processors & associated companies)
  • Was founded in 1943 as the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association (MVDA) but was renamed on 1st January 2018 to better reflect the activities of members
  • Represents the interests of members
  • Provides advice & guidance to members
  • Liaises with to UK & EU Government/ regulators & other industry sectors
  • Encourages professionalism in order to:
  • Give confidence to ‘consumers’ (public, trade, other businesses) that its members are operating legally & that offered products & services meet certain standards
  • Protect the environment

VRA membership is open to companies of all sizes, from owner-operators to national multi-site & international businesses:

  • Vehicle dismantlers, salvage agents, metal recyclers

    • Companies associated with the industry (auction houses, recovery operators, body shops, equipment suppliers, service providers etc.)

    VRA members must comply with Association requirements inc. the Code of Practice and have all legal requirements in place.

    With Consumers

    Requiring that services & products offered by members meet the demands & expectations of consumers & legislation

    Provide a means of communication between consumer & industry

    Build confidence in members

    Highlighting new business opportunities

    With Government & Europe

    Making sure new legislation affecting the industry is both practical and effective;

    Providing feedback on legislation introduced to help government check that its aims are being realised, particularly where unintended consequences negatively impact legitimate businesses

    With the Environment

    Requiring all members to meet all of their legal environmental responsibilities, particularly pollution prevention & recycling

    Promoting the best possible type of recycling, by encouraging re-use of vehicle parts, through improved standards of quality & service, and the of technological advances in marketing & sales

    With industry

    Working with other business & industries within the UK & across Europe to ensure consistency in EU legislation, highlight cross-industry and cross-border knowledge, procedures, problems and opportunities