Around 70 ve­hi­cle dam­age re­pair­ers ob­tain the Qual­ity Ve­hi­cle Re­pair Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

Malta’s new Qual­ity Ve­hi­cle Re­pair Scheme is prov­ing to be a suc­cess fol­low­ing its launch ear­lier this year by the Mo­tor In­surer Re­pair Ef­fi­ciency Project. This in­no­va­tive sys­tem is an op­por­tu­nity for all lo­cal ve­hi­cle dam­age re­pair­ers namely panel beat­ers and paint-sprayers to have their garages in­spected and cer­ti­fied reg­u­larly so as to main­tain their cer­ti­fied sta­tus or to im­prove it.

So far around 70 garages, sit­u­ated across Malta and Gozo, opted to par­tic­i­pate in this QVR Scheme and were fully cer­ti­fied. The first batch of garages, which were in­spected ear­lier this year, have started to re­ceive their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­ports. The cer­ti­fied re­pair­ers will be iden­ti­fied by the QVR Sign that will be dis­played in a prom­i­nent po­si­tion out­side their premises.

The scheme is co­or­di­nated and man­aged by Project Man­ager Ian Clut­ton, who has over 35 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the UK in the ve­hi­cle body re­pair and in­sur­ance in­dus­tries.

“To date this scheme has been run­ning well and I’m pleased to note that the num­ber of ve­hi­cle re­pair­ers join­ing it is con­tin­u­ously in­creas­ing. This shows that the QVR reg­is­tered re­pair­ers are em­brac­ing MIRE’s ini­tia­tive of rais­ing the stan­dards in ve­hi­cle re­pairs to a higher level. Thanks to the QVR Scheme, re­pair­ers and the in­sur­ances com­pa­nies form­ing MIRE are striv­ing to pro­vide mo­torists with high qual­ity ve­hi­cle re­pairs that en­sure safety,” said Mr Clut­ton.

The QVR Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Scheme is backed up by CESVIMAP an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­cus­ing its re­search on the lat­est re­pair method­ol­ogy of ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent dam­age. The data ob­tained from this re­search is made avail­able through train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, pub­li­ca­tions and mul­ti­me­dia con­tent.

Mr Clut­ton stated that in­for­ma­tive sem­i­nars will be or­gan­ised again in the near fu­ture for in­ter­ested garage own­ers to join this ad­van­ta­geous scheme. He also high­lighted the fact that in­spec­tion ses­sions are be­ing or­gan­ised on an an­nual ba­sis. The next phase of the scheme will be ex­tended to the ve­hi­cle parts sup­ply chains; these would be fol­lowed by Ac­ci­dent Re­pair Me­chan­ics.

The In­sur­ance com­pa­nies that form part of the MIRE project will, as of this month, be guid­ing cus­tomers to use the QVR cer­ti­fied re­pair­ers that are most suit­able to re­pair their type of ve­hi­cle ac­cord­ing to the ex­tent of dam­age sus­tained, en­sur­ing the ve­hi­cle is safely re­in­stated to its pre-ac­ci­dent con­di­tion. From Jan­uary, the said in­sur­ers will only use QVR Cer­ti­fied re­pair­ers to un­der­take In­sur­ance-funded ac­ci­dent re­pairs.

MIRE con­sists of the top four in­sur­ance com­pa­nies in Malta (At­las, Elmo, GasanMamo and Mapfre Mid­dle­sea) and is set to at­tract more in­sur­ers. Those in­ter­ested to know more about the QVR Scheme can call on 21 23 26 40 or send an e-mail to info@qvr.com.mt.

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