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RMI prepares VAT case for MPs' meeting

An all-party meeting of Members of Parliament and the RMI has been arranged for December 5 to look at claims of anti-competitive activity in the body repair industry.

The move, termed by the RMI as a “David and Goliath” battle at the House of Commons, follows intense industry lobbying. Bob Hood, director of the RMI's bodyshop services division, said: “MPs are becoming more aware of body repair market suppression and allegations of abuse by large companies over small businesses.

“Our meeting is an important first step in stopping the rot which is damaging the repair industry so badly. We are preparing a strong case as the momentum gathers for MPs to take a closer look at the practices of the insurance industry.”

The RMI is calling for more evidence from repairers to strengthen the case against insurers. Mr Hood said any insurer trying to prevent a fair hearing would probably be investigated.

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