British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association

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British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA)
Industry Automotive
Founded 1967
Headquarters England
Key people
Gerry Keaney (Chief Executive)
Simon Oliphant(Chairman)
Freddie Aldous (Honorary Life President)
Website bvrla.co.uk

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) is the leading trade association for the vehicle rental and leasing sector in the UK. Members of the BVRLA include vehicle rental companies, vehicle leasing companies, rental brokers, leasing brokers, car clubs, vehicle manufacturers and industry suppliers.

The association was formed in 1967, and its members now operate a combined fleet of 4.4 million cars, vans and trucks.[1] Its members buy nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK, supporting around 317,000 jobs and contributing £24.9bn to the economy each year.[2]

It seeks to look after the interests of, and sets standards for operational quality for, both the contract hire and leasing sectors and the daily hire (car rental) sectors. The BVRLA represents both the business contract hire and personal contract purchase industry. The BVRLA's activities also include lobbying government in respect of any fiscal matter which may affect the industry, and shaping policy and regulation changes. This involves developing policy areas across the wide range of industry issues, lobbying decision-makers in the UK and in Europe.

Organisation[edit]

The association's Chief Executive is Gerry Keaney, who joined in 2013.[3] Keaney succeeded John Lewis as Chief Executive, who held the position for 13 years before stepping down.[4]

Members[edit]

As of 1 January 2017, the BVRLA had more 900 members.[5]

Legal and Policy work[edit]

The BVRLA is committed to working with public sector agencies, industry associations and key business influencers on key road transport, taxation and finance-related issues.[6]

In 2014, it argued that the DVLA's plans to move driver records online would not make renting a car "quicker or cheaper than the current system of checking the paper driver licence counterpart".[7]

In 2016, the BVRLA called on the government to tackle the challenges of the UK’s 'grey fleet', following the publication of a new report that showed the true cost of employees using their own cars for work purposes.[8]

Consumer advice[edit]

The association regulates the industry through a regular series of quality assurance inspections and mandatory codes of conducts.[9] It also gives advice to members of the public, and offers a free conciliation service to help resolve disputes they may have experienced with members.[10]

In 2016, the BVRLA commissioned the Energy Saving Trust to undertake research into the scale of grey fleet use in the UK. The research report found that employees using their own cars for work trips costs the economy £5.5bn a year, with the cars often older and more polluting than company vehicles.[11]

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