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New members and a new Chairman gives MVDA a buzz

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With the barrage of legislation behind us, MVDA wants full steam ahead
Things felt really upbeat at this year’s AGM of the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association. It was almost as if the industry was coming out of a dark place it has been in for what seems like a very, very long time. And what’s been to blame - legislation, legislation and even more legislation. I am sure all of you, whether you are in the MVDA or not are sick and tired of having one dollop of legislation heaped on you after another.

Well, the feeling at MVDA is that the worst (at least for now) is over and we can start to focus on the more important aspects of our business and that means growth. First of all, its worth saying why the legislative weight is lifting. Everything that has been coming into force is now about in and there doesn’t appear to be much else they can hit us with in the near future. Couple that with the fact that government are desperate to reduce red tape and costs along with it, makes it unlikely that any significant changes will happen in the next few years.

MVDA have spent the past decade fighting to keep it possible for auto recycling to remain a competitive business in this country. And hats off to Duncan Wemyss, their Secretary who has worked tirelessly during that time, convincing one government official after another that there is a professional industry in the UK that needs recognising, and we all owe him a great debt for ensuring laws have been workable for this industry. Had it not been for this effort, we would all have been in a much sadder situation as ill thought out implementation would have decimated our industry. His, and MVDA’s success has meant we haven’t fully appreciated what we have been saved from. Not wanting to blow his trumpet too much, he is also responsible for eventually getting the Environment Agency to take the issues of illegal operators seriously who are now prosecuting those who don’t wish to operate within the law. Only by getting rid of the illegals can we all operate on a level playing field.

Many feel we are now entering a period of stability where legislation is fully implemented and business can once again become the main focus. And, what a time for business. Their new chairman Dr. Chas Ambrose wants to take a hard look at how the Association can develop in the coming year’s to serve members’ interests better and wants to hear ideas from all interested parties.

There is a great opportunity for MVDA to develop into commercial areas that help the profitability of members and it is going to be interesting times ahead. Whether it’s group deals for parcels or perhaps the backbone of a national green parts network, there has never been a better time for members who, after the many long hard years are set to reap the rewards in the next decade. There’s also never been a better time to join. At less than £500 per year you do get a lot for your money. To find out more, go to MVDA.

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