The Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association has relaunched as the Vehicle Recyclers’ Association (VRA), amid warnings about the number of illegal operators in the sector.
The trade body for dismantlers, metal recyclers and salvage agents was founded in 1943. The VRA said the name change “reflects the evolving nature of the industry”.
The VRA will continue to operate out of its Lichfield office, but has updated its website and email address.
VRA secretary Chas Ambrose said: “This is an exciting but challenging time for our industry. Professional vehicle recyclers face ever-increasing environmental regulation and costs, while their businesses are continually under threat from illegally run non-permitted operations.
“The VRA will provide a respectable and cogent voice for our members, liaising with the Government and regulators to address this inequity.”
In June, Ambrose warned that there could be more illegal than legal car scrapping operations in the UK, at the cost of around £250m to legitimate businesses.
He said a survey conducted by the trade body in 2015 had revealed more than 825 illegal vehicle dismantlers in the UK.