All Car wash & Valeting articles

  • FT Brian Madderson Feb 2020

    PRA and CWA urge Scottish government to allow automated car washes to operate


    The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) and Car Wash Association (CWA) are urging the Scottish Government to change its stance regarding the closure of automated car washes.

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    Automatic car washes stay open in latest national lockdown, while hand washes close


    The Car Wash Association has welcomed the news that automatic car washes (ACWs) can continue to remain open following the latest national lockdown announced by prime minister Boris Johnson last night, with all of England moving to Tier 4.

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    Automatic car washes can remain open in new Tier 4-restricted areas


    Automatic car washes (ACWs) will be allowed to operate according to the new Tier 4 restrictions which came into force on Sunday (December 20).

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    PRA forced to change its guidance on whether to close forecourt car washes


    The PRA has been forced to alter its advice to members about operating car washes during the English lockdown after the Government changed its position. When the Government published guidance just prior to the lockdown car washes were included in the businesses that were expected to close.

  • FT Brian Madderson Feb 2020

    PRA and CWA win in campaign to keep petrol station car washes open in lockdown


    The Government has confirmed that car washes that are part of a petrol station will be able to remain open during the current lockdown in England, after intense lobbying by the PRA and Car Wash Association (CWA). The PRA and CWA had been spurred into action when the Government published the list of businesses that should close during the lockdown and car washes were included in it.

  • FT Brian Madderson Feb 2020

    CWA requests confirmation on car-wash lockdown


    The Petrol Retailers’ Association has requested government confirmation on the status of car washing during the forthcoming lockdown, following its inclusion in a list of ‘non-essential services’ published over the weekend.

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    PRA seeks clarification from Welsh government on car washing during lockdown


    The PRA is seeking confirmation from the Welsh Government that Covid-secure car washes operating on supermarket car parks will be able to continue operation during the ‘Firebreak’ lockdown being imposed in Wales. Brian Madderson, chairman of the PRA and Car Wash Association, said:“Automated car washes (ACW) and compliant hand car washes (HCW) play a vital role when it comes to vehicle repair and maintenance.

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    Istobal transforms vehicle wash facilities into santisation sites


    Spanish car-wash specialist Istobal has developed new technologies for the interior and exterior cleaning of cars in order to respond to the new cleaning needs arising from COVID-19.

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    CWA urges car wash operators to install water recycling systems


    Car wash operators should consider installing water recycling systems, according to Alexander Russell, consultant for the Car Wash Association, which encourages best practice in car washing.

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    Hand car wash appeal rejected by planning inspector


    A planning inspector has rejected an appeal by a hand car wash business in Malvern, Worcestershire.

  • PRA calls for clampdown on ’non-compliant’ hand car washing

    PRA calls for clampdown on ’non-compliant’ hand car washing


    The PRA has called on the government for an urgent clamp-down on the re-opening of “endemically non-compliant” hand car washes (HCW) following the lockdown. Earlier this month chairman Brian Madderson wrote to Secretary of State Alok Sharma about the “reliability of this sector to adhere to the clear guidance ...

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    Pulling together in time of crisis


    The strength of the convenience offer in the majority of service stations means the forecourt sector should have a good chance of surviving the present pandemic crisis more or less in one piece, according to PRA chairman Brian Madderson. He says everyone is pulling together and has praised the government ...

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    Tokheim Solutions UK changes name to TSG UK Solutions


    Tokheim Solutions UK has changed its name to TSG UK Solutions and appointed Henry Simpson as UK managing director. Henry joined TSG UK in September 2019 as interim managing director after more than 20 years as commercial director at Adler and Allan. He said: “I am delighted to ...

  • Kay Group praises PRA help to avoid car-wash closure

    Kay Group praises PRA help to avoid car-wash closure


    The PRA has been praised by the Blackburn-based Top 50 independent, the Kay Group Ltd, following the enforced closure of one of its car wash operations by the local Environmental Health Officer. Paul Blackmore, The Kay Group’s non-executive chairman, said the company greatly appreciated Brian Madderson’s intervention when it ...

  • Green light for automatic car washes but HCW outlawed

    Green light for automatic car washes but HCW outlawed


    Forecourt operators are being advised by the Car Wash Association (CWA) that they can continue to operate automatic car washes and jet washes under the current coronavirus regulations, but hand car washing and other types of valeting have been outlawed. The guidance comes after discussions between the CWA and ...

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    Car Wash Association to sponsor House of Commons event in May


    The Car Wash Association (CWA) is sponsoring a high-profile event in the House of Commons on May 19, to raise awareness of issues around unregulated hand car washes. The Association’s latest edition of Car Wash news reveals that the reception will be hosted by Philip Dunne MP, chair of the ...

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    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)


    This year the CWA has already attended two round-table conferences on labour abuse, hosted by Matthew Taylor, the government’s interim director at the Office of Labour Market Enforcement (OLME). The first, more general, meeting focused on non-compliance with labour regulations. Taylor emphasised his particular interest in the proposed Single ...

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    Service Centre: Jac Roper on a car wash crisis plus a warning about slick salesmen


    Not measuring up Last summer Khalid Mohammad agreed to purchase a Christ Aquatus Prime C168 car wash with Codax system, including till interface and under-chassis wash for £89,000 plus VAT from Wilcomatic for his Lenton Boulevard Service Station in Nottingham. He also bought year-two and year-three service contracts for ...

  • PRA chief reveals victories in fight against hand car washes

    PRA chief reveals victories in fight against hand car washes


    PRA chairman Brian Madderson detailed a number of major victories in his other role as chairman of the Car Wash Association (CWA) in his presentation at Forecourt Trader’s inaugural Summit last week. The CWA was formed to lobby on behalf of operators of legitimate car valeting services who were being ...

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    German car wash and retail forecourt technology fair UNITI opens in May


    UNITI expo 2020 will open for the fourth time May 26-28 at the Landesmesse Stuttgart in Germany. With Peter Altmaier, the German Federal Minister of Economics and Energy as patron, the organisers say the support from the political sphere underlines the importance that the German government attaches to UNITI expo ...