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The Vehicle Repairers Association (VRA) held its first Annual General Meeting recently in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, and Chairman Sean Hegarty and Secretary John Moran outlined the significant progress that the Association has made in its short history to-date.

This has included work in the promotion of member’s interest, organisation of training initiatives and marketing and promotion of member bodyshops. Most importantly the VRA says, it has rigorously campaigned on the issue of environmental regulation on behalf of its members, highlighting the inadequacies and the injustice of the current system which has seen compliant bodyshops penalised through added cost and administration while illegal operators often continue unhindered. The present system of regulation is now under review and new draft regulations will be published later this year.

John Moran said: “We feel we have achieved a lot in our campaign against the present environmental regulation system and we will continue to work hard on this issue to secure an acceptable system of regulation for our industry.” He added: “These are very challenging times for all bodyshop operators and there are lots of other issues that the VRA now needs to address.”

Check out the full article in the Irish Bodyshop Journal out now.