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Cleaning up car washes

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 human trafficking and modern slavery. The continued presence and use of non-compliant car washes normalises illegal labour practices, and damages the reputation of the industry and those associated with it.

A clean getaway

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 Best Valeting Facilities prize at this year's Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards, is well known for its sci-fi branding and these two Transformers definitely add excitement to the forecourt's valeting services. Some might perceive their presence as a mere gimmick but there is nothing gimmicky about the valeting services offered at the site, which draws customers from more than 100 miles away.

exterior of Uniti Expo show

UNITI Expo 2020 unveils line-up of cooperation partners

UNITI expo 2020 has announced that a total of 16 cooperation partners will make their industry expertise available to the trade show, which will be taking place in Stuttgart on May 26-28.

Istobal presents its new Smartwash at Forecourt Show

Istobal will be presenting its new Smartwash at The Forecourt Show 2019 at stand T121. By connecting all the wash equipment (rollovers, tunnels, jet wash and vacuum areas), the new solution nables the installation to be managed digitally with systems that integrate and analyse the information.

Displays that pay

If you're looking to make changes to your forecourt perhaps by investing in new equipment or are considering a move to a different fuel brand, then a trip to The Forecourt Show 2019 is a must.

Photo-me launderette

Photo-Me makes a splash with launderette campaign

Photo-Me UK is running a “Making A Splash” campaign to promote its Revolution Compact Outdoor Launderette.

Partnership aims to bring new technology to car wash sector

Nayax and Beacon Mobile have announced a new strategic partnership that to provide an integrated sales and marketing solution to the car wash industry.

Shining examples

With hand car washing under the spotlight and facing proper regulation for the first time there has never been a better time for automated car washes to literally shine. Cutting-edge technology coupled with easy payment devices mean these machines are better than ever.

Targeting the cowboys

Years of campaigning by the PRA and Car Wash Association paid off last month when their chairman, Brian Madderson, was invited to give evidence to MPs on the damage unregulated hand car washes are wreaking on the legitimate trade, and the environment. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has used a wide interpretation of its brief to investigate not only the pollution caused by hand car washes (HCWs), but also the harm they cause to sustainability in terms of labour exploitation and other associated criminality.

Big spend on car wash technology boosts sales for Touts

Installing the latest car wash access control system from PSD Codax has paid dividends for former Forecourt Trader of the Year, Touts Ltd, according to the company’s operations manager Darren Hamilton.

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