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Calls for national training standard for vehicle inspections

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Vmoves is calling for a national training standard for vehicle inspections having identified £19million of damage charges over the past five years.

The vehicle inspection, collection and delivery provider has released data from 76,000 end of car leasing contract inspections.

Analysing five years’ worth of end of lease inspections shows Vmoves has identified £19m of fair wear and tear charges at an average cost of £253* per car over the past five years.

While this data looks very consistent, Sandra Ogden (pictured), group managing director at Vmoves, suggests a national inspection training standard could further improve the consistency of end of life damage recharging.

She said: “The fair wear and tear standards set by the BVRLA are very clear, but we believe the consistency and quality of vehicle inspections across the industry still varies greatly.

“There will always be variables such as weather and light conditions that inspectors have to contend with, but we believe the process and approach to inspections could be more consistent through improved training.”

Ogden is supportive of a new national training inspection standard which is being developed by ex-Johnson Vellen managing director Paul Vellen.

His company’s ultimate aim is to achieve a BSi vehicle inspection standard within the next 12 months.

“We have had initial conversations with Vellen and what he is proposing will benefit inspection companies, inspectors and asset owners alike,” Ogden said.

*Based on average on an age profile 42 months and 51,000 miles.

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