The Car Wash Association (CWA) has welcomed a church initiative, the Safe Car Wash app, that was launched last week, but has said the government needs to do far more to combat modern slavery.

The Safe Car Wash app was launched by the Church of Englandand the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It enables drivers to flick through a series of slavery indicators such as whether the car wash only accepts cash, evidence of workers living on site or whether the workers seem fearful. If the answers indicate a high likelihood of slavery, users will be directed to a modern slavery helpline.

But CWA’s Brian Madderson said it was time the Environment Agency and HMRC stepped up and closed down unscrupulous hand car wash operations.