LARO was originally founded in 1994 to address specific London issues which many recovery operators in the capital felt were not being adequately covered by existing industry associations. LARO is always at the forefront of industry initiatives channeled through its diverse four member committee and has been instrumental with the promotion of the European Recovery and Rescue Initiative (ERRI) ethos (see link) to a number of influential agencies and top management within Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Environment Agency, the Association of British Insurers and Government.
LARO is a trade association representing recovery companies who fix and transport broken down and accident damaged vehicles. LARO represents over 750 recovery industry vehicles operating on behalf of the major Motoring Organisations who work on or in the M25. We believe this gives us a significant voice in putting forward the views and needs of our members and also enables us to provide a guarantee of quality, standards and training that answers the requirements of our customers. Our customers range from the general public to the largest national motoring organisations such as the AA, RAC, Britannia Rescue and Green Flag. LARO members hold a very substantial investment in specialised recovery equipment.
We feel that by working together with work providers, customers and suppliers we have and can continue to raise the standards, image and efficiency of the recovery industry to the benefit of all concerned. LARO has built a co-operative, communicative and mutually beneficial relationship with all interested stakeholders. LARO members have regular meetings to discuss issues of concern and interest. Guest speakers attend meetings in order to further relationships and increase networking. The LARO committee, on instructions from the membership, meets with representatives from all major organisations to discuss common issues and promote our aims.
Any recovery company can join LARO, dependent on one thing - that they meet the Association's standards. Details of LARO's purpose and how to become a member can be found in the 'About LARO' section.
The benefits to the motoring public of using a LARO member are that they know that the recovery operator will have operatives, equipment, training and insurance that meet high standards of professionalism. These standards are accepted at the highest levels by agencies such as the AA, RAC, Green Flag and Britannia Rescue amongst others, and also local councils and police forces.
A list of LARO members, the areas they cover and the services they offer can be found in the 'LARO Members' section.
We hope that this site will be of interest to members of the public, recovery operators and LARO members alike.