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MVDA’s two day event popular with members

MVDA's AGM is not all about the serious stuff. There was great opportunity for meeting up with old friends and making new contacts at the evening meal.
The MVDA extended their Annual General Meeting this year to cover two days, allowing for a technical competence revision day, prior to the agm. And that wasn’t the half of it, with over 70 attending the event, a great networking dinner on the evening, and half a dozen presentations, members left armed with a great deal of knowledge and having had the opportunity to catch up with old friends.

As we’ve mentioned, the MVDA arranged a continuing competence revision day which was made up of a series of revision modules, focused on the three ‘generic’ parts of the WAMTIAB multiple choice assessment, suitable for all tests up to April 2016.

Run by WAMITAB approved trainers, Learning Light, attendees were split into three groups which discussed the three generic topics; health and safety, environmental protection and legislation. I know this is hardly an exciting topic for dismantlers but by law you must have a technically competent manager, so in that respect, the day was very useful and guided those attending to places where they could find further information. We plan to take a closer look at this subject next month as it also links in with the EA’s purge on ATFs, starting in the New Year.

The day of the AGM was well worth it and those who didn’t attend or aren’t members, really missed out on some great presentations. There were two business presentations, the first from Simon Aitken of Hollander, the company that owns Pinnacle Professional. Simon spoke about the changes coming, particularly with electric and hybrid vehicles, and the need for the industry to capitalise on these. Amongst other things, there was talk about Hollanders’ interchange that is essential if we are to keep ahead of the game.

Reco’s Andy Latham then spoke about the opportunities that exist for the industry through their green parts network to supply insurance and fleet markets. I don’t think any of us would disagree that the potential for the dismantler is huge.

Now that we have seen the abolition of VIC, it was very interesting to hear from Duncan Price of the Department for Transport, who spoke about the push for ever improving road safety in the UK which has been very successful. The concerns that VIC never looked at the repair quality of CAT C’s was discussed and although no replacement is currently planned for VIC, with an ever increasing complexity and technique needed for structural repairs, a test looking at this in the future is not ruled out. He spoke in detail about the salvage code and the issues associated with insurance write offs. This was a great talk and we shall cover it in more detail in a future article for those who missed it.

And then the day only got better when Andrew Miller, the Chief Technical Officer at Thatcham spoke about future developments and the effect they would have. This was fascinating, looking at current developments that have made cars safer and then analysing the road map to the driverless car. Again, this will be an article in its own right in the future but if you weren’t there, then for me, this was the highlight of the day.

Last but not least was Tania Tucker who heads up the Environment Agency’s section for ELVs. Again, what a great insight and you could not doubt the commitment she has to ensure high environmental standards in the industry, but at the same time, recognising that the issue with illegals must be dealt with to achieve a fair and level playing field for the professional operator.

There were also many trade stands that made for a very successful couple of days. It might be easy to think you don’t need a trade body but a day like the MVDA’s AGM, where they had arranged for so many presentations from those who are in positions of power, influence and direction to talk to us, it leaves me in no doubt of their worth to the dismantler. Without MVDA having input to these areas of control, we can so easily be misunderstood and our businesses would then suffer greatly. Not bad for just of a tenner a week!

You can visit the MVDA website here for further information.

December 2015

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