The Vehicle Remarketing Association wants YOU...

That's right, all you people in the light CV market, the Vehicle Remarketing Association wants you to help set up its commercial vehicle division. This message is officially endorsed by Laurie Dealer.

Steve Carman, director at VRA, says the association, which began last year, was set up to represent the interests of remarketing industry including everyone from auctions and used vehicle dealers, to smart repair companies and dealer groups.


"It has been set up to share best practice and attract new talent to the industry. It also intends to represent the industry in the corridors of power in Whitehall, just as the FTA and the RHA has done successfully over the years," he says.

The next step of its development is to open its doors to light commercial vehicle companies (up to 3.5 tonnes) in and around the remarketing industry. "The VRA wants to hear from companies who are interested in helping the VRA set up the light commercial elements of the association.

"It wants to understand what the issues are, how networking and sharing best practice will help the industry improve and grow its profile within the overall transport industry. Current issues being discussed in the organisation include end of contract charges for lease vehicles and vehicle provenance," he adds.

Current membership stands at 40, which includes car manufacturers, leasing companies, auctions and a valeting company. "The VRA wants to replicate this with credible light commercial organisations," he says.

FLAG signs up to aid counter terrorism

Laurie Dealer is pleased to see the Fleet Auction Group's (FLAG) has tied up with Leicestershire Constabulary to help promote a national counter-terrorism campaign.

Project Griffin is a police initiative to protect cities and communities from the threat of terrorism by bringing together and co-ordinating the resources of the police, emergency services, local authorities and business in the private sector.

Chris Jager, business development manager at FLAG, says: "Involvement with Project Griffin is central to our vehicle remarketing partnerships with Local Authorities, the emergency services and public utilities.

"Best practice and corporate responsibility is high on the agenda for all these organisations and the initiative is a perfect fit with The Fleet Auction Group's business ethos," he adds.

Inspector Tony Marsden of Leicestershire Constabulary says that when businesses learn about Project Griffin, understand how it fits into their business remit and the benefits it can bring them in terms of crime reduction, they are keen to get involved.

"The Fleet Auction Group was one of the first to get involved with the initiative, and their own 'Blue Lights Lift Barriers' epitomises, and superbly helps to promote, the messages of Project Griffin," he says.

Good work, jobs a good 'un.