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DVSA updates Guidance: Running a vehicle recovery business

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This guidance for Running a vehicle recovery business: driver and vehicle safety rules addresses some basic questions to help recovery vehicle operators and drivers. Click here for the full guidance. It’s intended only to offer general help and is not a legal document. For full details of the law in respect of each aspect covered by the guide, you need to refer to the relevant legislation or get legal advice.

For many years, there’s been a great deal of uncertainty about the legal requirements in relation to operating recovery vehicles.

One of the reasons for this confusion is the various classifications of vehicles used by the recovery industry. Several definitions in the current legislation include:

  • breakdown vehicles
  • recovery vehicles
  • specialised recovery vehicles
  • road recovery vehicles

The variations in the definition are further complicated because one might refer to the construction of a vehicle and another to how a vehicle is being used.

Because of this, non compliance has been identified both within the industry and in enforcement. For these reasons, this guide tries to introduce greater clarity on rules which, at times, can be fairly complex.

It’s also the case that some of the rules which have been in place for many years need to be interpreted in a common-sense way. So efforts to help do this have been included where appropriate.

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.