“It’s great news for the industry,” says David Cresswell of the ABP Club. “Currently there are a number of different standards in the marketplace, and for repairers with multiple approvals it can be a costly business. The new standard will help to drive out the cowboys from the industry as well.”
The standard, PAS 125, is designed to govern the safe repair of vehicles, in terms of machinery, materials, methods and manpower. It was initially developed by the ABP Club in February 2005.
Now some major insurers and repairers have put their weight behind it, including Norwich Union, Zurich and Direct Line.
The first draft has been circulated among members of the steering group and has received more than 200 comments, which the group’s committee members reviewed at a marathon nine-hour meeting last week. A revised draft will go out in mid-June to the industry for comments.
The next meeting of the steering group takes place on August 4, when the industry’s comments will be reviewed. A final draft will be published in September and Cresswell anticipates that the new standard will come into effect from October.
Insurers will then insist that their approved repairers all operate to PAS125, which will have a BSI Kitemark.