AVRO Association of Vehicle Recovery OperatorsAVRO Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators

Member Services

Inspection Services for the Industry

Our preferred supplier provides a specialist inspection service for the vehicle recovery industry.  The engineers are conversant with the vehicles and equipment and the training required.  They know and understand the intended practical use of the vehicles and equipment and can therefore make valuable and objective judgements.

Our engineers currently operate throughout Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  All inspections are recorded on a dedicated software programme for quick reference and easy update on customers' next due inspection date, eliminating the proprietor's concern for their cover being overdue and reducing the risk element.

Their services are punctual, friendly, efficient, thorough and cost effective.  They assess the customer control and management of their business in an industry that continually changes,

Our preferred supplier is a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited Inspection Body.  UKAS is the only official accreditation service recognised by BERR in the UK.  They are a Type A Inspection Body and accredited to ISO/IEC 17020 (EN45004), the internationally recognised Standard for Inspection Bodies; this is your guarantee of a quality inspection service.  Inspections can be arranged for LOLER, Air Pressure Vessels and assessment for compliancy to the requirements of PAS 43 - simply call for your quotation.

Our preferred supplier is accredited by UKAS for the following:

  • PAS 43
  • Garage inspections
  • Compressor inspections and written schemes

They can also offer the following through a Certification Body of which they are an OSP:

  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 18001
  • ISO14001
  • OHSAS 18001


Members Guide to AVRO Standards and Inspection Requirements


All premises are to be inspected.  They must be commercial premises suitable for the operation.  The operator's company name must be clearly displayed on the outside of the premises.  They must have a waiting room or area in a clean condition, access to clean toilet facilities, the availability of a telephone and the means of obtaining hot drinks must also be provided.  There should be secure indoor/outdoor storage facilities for a minimum of two vehicles or suitability for the operation.  This area must be of hard standing.


All recovery vehicles must be available for inspection.  Passenger cabs and other passenger areas in recovery vehicles must be clean, grease free and clear of any other equipment.  Vehicles must carry a current Excise Licence and have a valid M.O.T. Certificate and/or Ministry of Transport Plating Certificate as required by law.  All vehicles should be weighed and the weighbridge ticket retained in a safe place.  The weighbridge ticket should show clearly: (1) Individual Axle Weights (2) Total Weight.  Vehicles should be weighed in a ready to roll condition, i.e. full fuel tanks and carrying all recovery equipment.

Recovery Vehicle Conspicuity

The recovery vehicle shall be suitably and conspicuously painted and marked (including the use of retroreflective tape or similar material to emphasise the outline and length of the vehicle).  The company name must be boldly visible on the vehicle.


Current and valid Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 reports must be held on file.  Fitted items of recovery equipment, i.e. winch ropes, spec lifts, underlifts, overlifts, LMC type cranes, slide bed bodies etc, should have a test certificate or a certificate of conformity where applicable.  Test certificates should clearly show the proof load applied and the SWL (Safe Working Load) of the equipment.  Loose items of recovery equipment, i.e. shackles, lifting chains, should also have test certificates or be tagged/stamped with the SWL as appropriate.  Other items of recovery equipment listed on the vehicle check sheet should be maintained in a clean and serviceable state.


Members, operators and drivers are reminded of their legal responsibility to ensure that all recovery operations and the maintenance and operations involving recovery vehicles are carried out in accordance with all statutory and common law requirements.


AVRO recommend that all staff employed on vehicle recovery/breakdown duties should meet the following requirements.  All staff to be of good moral standing, have been trained and certificated by a recognised body, have a complete knowledge of the equipment being used, carry an I.D. card showing a photograph of his/her likeness and their name and the company name, be dressed in company branded clothing, at all times when working at the roadside wear high visibility clothing to the latest B.S.I. standards as recommended by the Roadside Safety Group and to have available gloves, hard hat and torch.

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