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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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Vehicle dismantling - is there a future?
don’t need to tell anyone that the motor vehicle is changing with an ever increasing range of materials technologies and high value, high tech parts being introduced as each month goes by. Can the industry capitalise on this or are we looking at a future where parts sales are all but banned due to safety concerns put about by the manufactures to protect their sales.
New insurance deal launched
Getting good insurance cover is essential if you want to protect your business, and it hasn’t always been that easy for the auto recycler. Thankfully, independent insurance broker, Ingram Hawkins & Nock (IHN) has been working hard behind the scenes to put together a new deal for the vehicle dismantler.
Twelve Month Guarantee launched
To help allay these fears and to demonstrate confidence in the parts they supply, Reco have taken the bold move of offering a twelve month guarantee on green recycled parts.
Goodbye Duesmann - hello Hensel
Many of us know the name Duesmann well, or to give the full title, Duesmann & Hensel Recycling, but from September 1st, 2016, the company will be known as Hensel Recycling (UK) Ltd.
Fire prevention plan guidance published
Last month, the Environment Agency published updated regulatory guidance to help reduce the risk and impact of fires at regulated waste sites. This comes after a three month consultation with industry, local authorities, regulators and the general public.
£63,000 compensation for being called "Gramps"
A male employee who was called “Gramps” by his colleagues for a number of years has been awarded over £63,000 by the Employment Tribunal. Why did this nickname end up costing the employer so much money?
500,000 vehicles missing each year - time to act
The European Commission recently launched a public consultation on potential measures to improve the implementation of certain aspects of the Directive on end-of-life vehicles, with emphasis on ELVs of unknown whereabouts. This is a huge problem – with more than 500,000 vehicles missing every year in the UK alone (over 5 million in the last 10 years) and up to 8 million in the EU.
Parts delivery under the spotlight
Regular readers of atfProfessional will be well aware of the issues recently raised regarding the problems associated with delivering parts to the customer. CARS2016 featured a great workshop looking into this area.
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