Vehicle Recovery

RHA Recovery has a strong voice within the industry and is underpinned by the RHA’s main membership, its financial resources, and expert knowledge in numerous fields; but crucially, it also benefits from the respect government, the transport and the business community has for the wider Association.

RHA Recovery

The primary aim of the group is to promote the interests of the recovery industry, with campaigns being managed and coordinated by a committee formed of members. It actively engages and co-operates with other organisations, including the clubs and other recovery industry associations when necessary. It also engages directly with government on members’ behalf.

RHA Recovery is present at all industry groups and committee meetings to ensure that our members’ views are heard. Those who attend are members of the group committee and possess vast industry experience.

Member benefits

Members will have full access to:

•    The Commercial Vehicle Show: The RHA co-owns this flagship annual event.  We also have a strong presence at the Recovery Tow Show and the Emergency Services Show

•    RHA Haulage Manual: a summary of legal requirements that apply to vehicle operations

•    Helpdesk: assisting members with any queries or concerns they may have

•    Recovery and other specialist managers: our team of specialist managers provide help advice and guidance on areas such as security, employment and the carriage of dangerous goods

•    The RHA website: the website provides a one stop shop for the latest information on legislation and other issues such as security and all RHA activities. Large parts of the site are restricted to members only, making this a real benefit of membership

•    Group e-newsletter: contains information on recovery industry topics and transport items that could affect members. They also receive copies of Professional Recovery magazine and Roadway

To view the full list of benefits of becoming an RHA Recovery member, click here

RHA Recovery represents its membership at the following forums:

•    The APPG for Freight Forum - meeting at Westminster every two months the RHA has five places on the forum. Two of these are reserved for recovery members. All matters affecting transport in the UK, from cyclists to buses, trains and trucks of all descriptions, are discussed.

•    The National Recovery Industry Training Group - was set up by the industry to monitor the training courses and guidelines laid down by the Institute of Vehicle Recovery (IVR). The group has two places on this board and take your views and interests to the IVR directly.

•    The European Rescue and Recovery Initiative (ERRI) - looks at a number of areas, one of them being the debate for an R Licence. ERRI believes this needs to be discussed democratically but fundamentally, it would like to raise the professionalism of the recovery industry, providing a safer working environment for technicians and customers. The RHA has two representatives on the main board, as well as other members on working groups.  

•    Safe Use of Roadside Verges in Vehicular Emergencies (SURVIVE) - consists of an executive committee and three working groups. RHA Recovery has a representative on the executive committee and all three working groups. SURVIVE is a partnership between the Highways Agency, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the breakdown/recovery industry and other service providers. The initiative was established to improve the safety of those who work on the road network and the travelling public and is dedicated to the promotion of road safety

•    Highways Agency – Sector 17 Executive Committee & Working Groups - looks at the working and training standards of recovery operators working with the Highways Agency on their contracts. RHA Recovery has a seat on this committee.

More information

For further information or assistance, contact Frank Taylor and Elaine Eaton on:

Frank Taylor: 07968 409 202. Email at:
Elaine Eaton: 01733 842755. Email at: