NFDA calls on political parties for ‘robust support’ ahead of general election

The National Franchised Dealer Association (NFDA) is calling on all major political parties to offer ‘robust support’ on key issues for the automotive retail sector ahead of the general election on July 4.

The NFDA is calling for support to help boost retail demand for EVs, an overhaul of the “flawed apprenticeship levy”, mandated annual public chargepoint targets, a clear plan for future road pricing and more.

The NFDA has highlighted to the major political parties that automotive retailers employ 78% of the 758,000 people working in the sector, which sees an annual turnover of £100 billion.

NFDA chief executive, Sue RobinsonSue Robinson, NFDA chief executive, said: “The automotive sector is one of the pillars of the UK economy, with franchised vehicle retailers contributing significantly.

“Our manifesto recognises the transformative changes sweeping through our sector as the UK transitions towards the electrification of its parc while addressing core challenges such as the ongoing skills shortage.

“The next few years will be crucial for our industry, and it is essential that the next government works with the sector and offers robust support on these key issues.”

The NFDA’s seven key ‘asks’ from the next government:

  • Restimulating the private electric vehicle market
  • Overhaul the flawed apprenticeship levy
  • Mandated annual public chargepoint targets
  • Outline a clear plan for future road pricing
  • Remove unfair regulations for heavier, electric vans
  • Increase HGV MOT capacity by introducing delegated testing
  • Bring down business rates

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