The RCWS was established in 2018 following collaboration between UK supermarkets, franchise providers and regulatory bodies including the GLAA, HMRC and Environment Agency to address risk in the sector.

The scheme provides operators with information and guidance to help them operate legally, and conducts audits and spot-checks on members to ensure that they are fully compliant. Once a member of the scheme, operators are able to display a Responsible Car Wash Operator logo, so that customers can be reassured that the site is run in a safe and ethical way, protecting the rights of its workers and the environment. 

All Morrisons car wash operators are required to join, and Morrisons representatives are active members of the RCWS Advisory Panel. 

To find out more about the RCWS, visit the website or download the code of practice here.