VBRA awards first truck and van certification

The VBRA has awarded the first Structural Truck & Van Body Repair certificate to D Gawthrope ACR.

The standard was introduced to regulate and improve standards within large and medium-sized commercial accident repairs.

Dean Gawthrope, managing director at D Gawthrope ACR was involved in the development of the standard and already holds Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van and Volkswagen approvals.

Steve Nash, CEO of the Institute of The Motor Industry said: “IMI applauds VBRA’s creation and launch of the new Truck & Van Body Repair Standard for the commercial sector. It is a much-needed safeguard against the risk of poor repairs for drivers of these vehicles, as well as for the general public. Its’ importance in supporting the insurance industry and fleet operators in selecting body shops with trained, competent, and certificated staff is also to be commended, as it will improve efficiencies and drive down premiums in the longer term. Fundamentally, however, the new Truck & Van Body Repair Standard will bring a vital boost to the automotive sector suffering an all-time high skills shortage.”

Further businesses are now in the process of being registered for the new standard.