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Home office approved car wash licensing pilot awards its first accreditation

The Responsible Car Wash Scheme (RCWS) was awarded the first government-backed accreditation for car washes demonstrating compliance in environmental, employment and premises law earlier this month.


Pro Touch Valeting and Waves car wash, both based in Slough, applied for their accreditation following a visit from the RCWS as part of a Home Office initiative funded pilot to test license issue for car washes. Both sites will now proudly display a RCWS sticker and banner, each reassuring customers they will always receive a fair wash when they visit.


Teresa Sayers, MD of RCWS, stated: “These accreditations are an absolute landmark in our goal to ensure car washes all across the UK deliver a fair wash for all – fair to their employees, fir to their customers and fair to the environment. Both of these car washes have proven beyond doubt to be adhering to full the RCWS code of practice and meeting theirenvironmental, employment and premises responsibilities. Businesses throughout Slough have been very receptive of the scheme and we have lots of other applications coming through now, so I am thrilled that these will just be the first of many accreditations.”


Joanna Graham, Waves Car WashCEO, said: “We are in full support the RCWS and were very keen to gain the accreditation as quickly as possible. We hope that this scheme will encourage other car washes in the area (and further afield) to make sure they all comply with the law and it also helps customers to make their own informed decisions about where they get their car washed.”


DelJamal, Manager at Pro Touch Valeting, which is often visited by fleet and private hire taxi drivers, stated: ”All our employees are critical to us at Pro Touch Valeting, as are each of our customers, so we are truly proud to be recognised with the Responsible Car Wash Scheme accreditation. Many of our customers drive private hire taxis and fleet cars and they really do appreciate a professional service.


“Our accreditation and the Fair Wash certificate clearly shows them and other driverspassing by that we really do take our environmental and employmentobligations seriously.”


The pilot started on 10th May 2021 with several visits by the RCWS to 20 car washes in Slough with the help of Local Council, Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the Gangmasters and Thames Valley Police.


The aim of the first visits was to tell car wash businesses of the scheme and encourage them to apply for the accreditation. These visits wee then followed up with further communications with each of the car washes.


The hand car wash sector isregularly identified as an industry where workers could be at risk of exploitation, from poor working conditions up to modern day slavery. Honest and legitimate businesses are very often priced out by those breaking the law, creating a hugely unfair competitive landscape.