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  • FT - Istobal sanitisation jet wash
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    Istobal transforms vehicle wash facilities into santisation sites

    2020-09-14T15:46:00Z

    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.

  • FT - Alexander Russell - CWA
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    CWA urges car wash operators to install water recycling systems

    2020-09-11T14:34:00Z

    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

    2020-06-19T15:11:00Z

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

    2020-05-14T00:00:00Z

    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

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    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

    2020-05-01T00:00:00Z

    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
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    Kay Group praises PRA help to avoid car-wash closure

    2020-04-27T00:00:00Z

    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
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    Green light for automatic car washes but HCW outlawed

    2020-03-27T00:00:00Z

    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

    2020-03-13T00:00:00Z

    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)

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    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

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    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
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    PRA chief reveals victories in fight against hand car washes

    2020-03-06T00:00:00Z

    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

    2020-03-02T00:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • Three men arrested on suspicion of slavery offences at car wash
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    Three men arrested on suspicion of slavery offences at car wash

    2020-01-17T00:00:00Z

    Lincolnshire Police officers investigating allegations of forced labour at a hand car wash have arrested three men on suspicion of modern-day slavery offences. The men, all from the Grimsby area, were arrested on Thursday January 16. They are aged 49, 27 and 19 and are currently in police custody. ...

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    Cleaning up car washes

    2020-01-13T00:00:00Z

    The hand car wash (HCW) industry has consistently been identified as one of a number of areas where workers are vulnerable to exploitation and poor working conditions. Violation of labour, employment, health and safety, and environmental regulations are well documented as are incidences of more sinister criminal activity such as ...

  • Man injured by quad bike at filling station’s car wash
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    Man injured by quad bike at filling station’s car wash

    2020-01-10T00:00:00Z

    Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was injured when he was hit by a quad bike on a petrol forecourt. Officers are investigating after the collision at the car wash in the Shell petrol station in High Street, Aldershot, between 4pm and 4.30pm on Sunday January ...

  • Hand car wash closed down after multi-agency operation
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    Hand car wash closed down after multi-agency operation

    2020-01-03T00:00:00Z

    A hand car wash in Northern Ireland has been closed down temporarily after a multi-agency operation. Detectives from Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) along with colleagues from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and partners in HMRC and the Health and Safety Executive for ...

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    A clean getaway

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    There can’t be many car wash and valeting facilities in the world that are guarded by two full-size Transformers but that’s the case at the Inner Space Stations site where you can clean your car under the watchful eyes of Bumblebee and Octopus Prime. Inner Space Stations, winner of the ...

  • Analysis

    Alexander Russell: consultant, Car Wash Association (CWA)

    2019-12-16T00:00:00Z

    Dame Sara Thornton, the recently appointed Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, has published her first Strategic Plan 2019-2021. The plan focuses on improving victim care and support, supporting law enforcement and prosecution, concentrating on prevention and getting value from research and innovation. Here are its main points with particular reference to car ...

  • Crackdown on criminality at hand car washes in Northern Ireland
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    Crackdown on criminality at hand car washes in Northern Ireland

    2019-12-06T00:00:00Z

    A crackdown on slavery and other criminal activity harboured by hand car washes in Northern Ireland is being led by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), and has resulted in some sites being closed down. Detective inspector Mark Bell from PSNI’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) ...