BVRLA updates Fair Wear & Tear Standard for Cars

The BVRLA has launched an updated version of its Fair Wear and Tear Standard for cars. Widely accepted across the industry as setting the bar for vehicle condition, the Standard gives a reliable, consistent reference point when determining end-of-contract charges. 

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The updated Fair Wear & Tear Standard reflects the latest technologies and driver habits. Input was compiled from BVRLA members, auction houses and common issues handled via the association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution service. Several changes have been introduced regarding electric vehicles, including the requirement for them to have a full charge at the point of collection. 

Other updates give greater clarity on tyre and wheel condition, in-vehicle documentation, and the presence of charging cables where appropriate. 

Toby Poston, BVRLA Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “Our Fair Wear and Tear Standard is the essential textbook and primer for anyone involved in vehicle returns. The new Standard for cars sets out in black and white what is expected of a driver from the moment they accept delivery of the vehicle. 

“The industry-wide adoption of the BVRLA Standard gives drivers, fleet operators and vehicle providers consistency, meaning that any end-of-contract charges relating to vehicle condition are fair, transparent, and indisputable.” 

The updated BVRLA Fair Wear and Tear Standard for cars is available in hard copy and electronic formats via the association's website. There are separate versions of the Standard for vans and trucks respectively. Training courses are available on each to support fleet professionals in understanding and applying the Standards effectively.