The IVR History
As roads became busier and vehicles travelled faster the dangers facing recovery technicians became more apparent and the industry recognised the need for training and enforcement of standards.
Experienced recovery operators had always passed on their knowledge to newcomers so these experienced operators were recognised as potentially becoming the core membership of any professional institution.
The continual training of these newcomers, and their ability to acquire professionally recognised qualifications, was essential so a training initiative was devised after consultation with various training bodies and AVRO National Council.
At a conference in 1983 AVRO Director General John Wells announced the formation of the Institute of Vehicle Recovery (IVR). A steering committee for the new institute was formed with John Wells as mentor. Geoff Gatward who was an original member of the committee still sits on the IVR Council.
The Institute’s first offices were in West Sussex and members of the industry were recruited to design and deliver the first recovery training courses.
IVR Training Services Limited (IVRTS) was launched in 1996 as an independent training provider delivering training to individuals/companies. Today IVRTS only trains outside the National Training Scheme.
In 2006 IVR (UK) Limited was formed to act as Administrator of the Highways Agency Scheme for the training and registration of roadside assistance and vehicle recovery technicians.
The IVR is a founder member of the European Rescue & Recovery Initiative (ERRI) and is working with organisations like the RHA Recovery and the IFRS to influence government agencies with a view to being consulted prior to legislation affecting the roadside assistance and vehicle recovery sector.
The Institute of Vehicle Recovery (IVR) continues to provide recognised qualifications for members of the roadside assistance and vehicle recovery sector and is the only professional body within the industry designed specifically for the individual. It continues to work in the best interest of the industry and aims to provide a safer environment for those working and travelling on the road network.