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If you haven't submitted your recovery targets then they could be coming after you!
Government legislation has led many of us to react quickly to new rules and by doing so we have usually paid a heavy price for early compliance.
The 2006 85% recycling targets are another area where the industry was warned that failure to achieve the target would result in prosecution. And now, after 5 years of delay, we are finally starting to see this happen. In the last month or so nine businesses have been taken to court & successfully prosecuted by BIS (the Government Department with responsibility for enforcing the target requirements). And there are already more prosecutions scheduled for early 2012. All those taken to court have been found guilty with fines ranging up to £4,000.
Duncan Wemyss, the Secretary of MVDA explained, “Although it has taken time for this to happen at least those who are doing the right thing aren’t getting penalised now”. He went on, “We should see these prosecutions as a warning shot across the bows. These targets apply to us all and it’s only fair that we all comply. Let’s face it, those doing the job as required by the law are being put at a financial disadvantage to those who choose to ignore the 85% (and soon to be 95%) recovery target”. The initial 20 or so prosecutions may be regarded as ‘test cases’ for BIS enforcement, so it remains to be seen whether the level of fine in future will more closely reflect the costs that an illegal operator avoids.
The prosecutions so far have only been against companies that have failed to report their targets at all, and not those who have reported but failed to meet the 85% target. No doubt that will come once the more serious problem of failure to report has been sorted. Meeting the 85% is a tough job. Some specialist dismantlers have reached this figure on their own; by the nature of their business model they can sell more of a vehicle than a general dismantler. But the vast majority of ATFs have relied on the additional inputs supplied by the shredder operators from their post shredder technologies.
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Countdown to CARS2016
It’s only a fortnight away and atfPro editor, Chris Floate tells us what he’s looking forward to at this year’s show.
Need vehicle data - tried these?
Do you struggle with part numbers. Let’s face it, part numbers can vary extensively, even on an individual model, so having access to accurate vehicle data is essential these days.
Electric car market is growing fast
It’s easy to disregard electric and hybrid vehicles as the volumes aren’t really there yet, but that is changing and you really want to be ready for it.
Do all your staff understand the commercial objectives?
One of the things I have noticed about dismantling businesses is that there are often staff who have “made their way up through the ranks”. This is generally a good thing and these reliable and company orientated men and women are an asset to the business.
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Exports are a serious part of business these days and Autosalvage Ltd or “F-Avto”, which is its brand name in Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, offer some services which may be of benefit to readers.
FAB scoops Best Service Supplier Award
Green OE vehicle parts supplier FAB Recycling have received the Best Service Supplier Stand Award at this year’s National Association of Police Fleet Managers´ (NAPFM) Conference.
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So someone once said and it’s not hard to understand the thinking behind it. The same thinking goes into planning conference programmes and CARS2016 is no exception. The show has many aspects but the conference sessions are where you can really glean information. Here we take a quick look at what’s on offer.
New member of the board at FAB
As part of the company’s growth plans within the emerging green parts market, FAB Recycling Ltd has added Tim McCarthy to its Board of Directors.
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