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Scary options happening in the background

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Moves are being made to ban the sale of used airbags.
It’s easy to keep your head down and simply get on with making a living but there are worrying signs we should all be aware of if we are to stay solvent in the future.


One area that really concerns us here at atfPro is the ongoing review of the Salvage Code of Practice (COP). The insurers have asked Government to make the sale of second hand airbags illegal in the UK. This means all pyrotechnic devices (airbags & seat belt pre-tensioners), from all salvage categories.

Luckily for us, we have the MVDA keeping tabs on this so at least we get a chance to react and hopefully stop this from coming to fruition but as their secretary, Chas Ambrose explained, “In reality, it is impossible to distinguish ‘salvage’ from ‘non-salvage’ airbags, and of course the same concerns would apply to all airbags irrespective of source. The only practical approach would then be to ban all airbag sales. This is despite the fact that two EU Directives on pyrotechnic devices currently being implemented by the UK do NOT make the sale of used airbags illegal. Far from it.”

The MVDA previously commissioned an independent report on the safety of second hand airbags which demonstrated that they are safe to re-use and it is worrying that this information may be ignored. They have also sent a standard letter to all members for them to write to the Department of Transport explaining how a ban, apart from not being based on facts would cost UK jobs.

Let’s face it. This would not stop the sale of second hand airbags. The market would be pushed into the hands of illegal operators and to overseas where a ban doesn’t exist. This means more salvage going abroad and UK users simply buying the parts in from those countries. No real change for the buyer apart from increased delivery costs but significantly less vehicles for the UK auto recycler and the subsequent drop in parts sales - the industry cannot afford this to happen.

If you aren’t an MVDA member then we would ask you to seriously consider joining. It only costs a tenner a week and that’s not a lot to pay to have your back watched. Email them here right now and ask for a membership form.
And there’s more!
Recently, the Environment Agency’s Chemical Compliance Team, the government’s regulator for fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), or in other words, air con gasses, have stepped up the pressure to ensure compliance with the laws to prevent the escape of gases to atmosphere.

The MVDA anticipate more visits in the future to ensure compliance so be warned and make sure that you’re doing the job properly. If you need training then email Autodrain who offer comprehensive F- gas training, assessment and accreditation for the industry and should be able to sort you out.
And more!
MVDA tell us they will be organising a special 1 day technical competence revision course for those with an existing WAMITAB Continuing Competence qualification. The day should also be useful for anyone wanting to take the qualification.

The 1 day event will place in Birmingham during their annual general meeting period (probably the day before or the day after the AGM on Thursday November 12th. The training day will be free of charge to members. There will be a charge for non members but this will be refunded to anyone joining at the AGM. Again, email MVDA here for more details.

As we said at the start of this article, it’s easy to a keep your head down and ignore the benefits that MVDA bring to not only members but non members as well. You may think you’re saving a few quid by not being a member but the more of us who join together the more credibility and influence the association has when dealing with government departments. And lets face it, all you have to do is shell out a relatively small amount for this level of protection. If you want you can also get involved at committee level and be at the forefront of driving the industry forward - that’s up to you but if we don’t have a strong voice we will all suffer.

You can visit the MVDA website here.

July 2015

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