Welcome to The responsible Car Wash Scheme

The Responsible Car Wash Scheme (RCWS) is a not-for-profit accreditation scheme created to promote compliance and raise standards in the car wash industry.  The aim of the RCWS is for car washes to provide a “Fair Wash”.  This means:

  • To level the playing field for operators enabling them to compete on an equal footting with their competitors
  • To educate operators on the regulations that apply and to ensure that they comply with them
  • To be a positive force in improving conditions for workers; upholding their statutory rights and protecting them from exploitative work practices
  • To protect the environment and the consumer

Registration is voluntary.  In return accredited sites can display the RCWS logo and are promoted to consumers, enforcement agencies and local authorities as having met the RCWS standard.

Working in partnership

The scheme has the backing of National and Local Government, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, the Police, the Health and Safety Executive, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Environment Agency and the Charity Unseen all of whom have assisted in its development.

Raising consumer awareness

An integral part of the scheme is to raise awareness about the consequences of using a non-compliant car wash and to enable consumers to make an informed choice by highlighting what they should look out for when choosing their service provider. We do this through working in partnership with RCWS Supporters including major retail brands and charities.

Benefits of getting your site RCWS Accredited

Accredited sites that demonstrate that they meet the RCWS Code of Practice will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Membership of a nationally recognised scheme supported by Government, the GLAA, the Police, Local Authorities as well as major industry brands.
  • A competitive edge with prospective clients and customers, showing that you are a trusted service provider with a commitment to high standards.
  • RCWS branding to display at your site, promoting to customers, enforcement agencies and local authorities that you have met the RCWS Code of Practice Standard.
  • Listing on the RCWS website for accredited companies and suppliers.
  • An independent assessment of your business operations against industry best practice as well as advice and guidance.
  • Contributing to the campaign for a “Fair Wash”; protecting your business, your workers, the environment and customers.