Dear Colleague,

On a positive note, following our previous discussions with DVLA at the Used Cars and First Registration User Committee, the “trade licensing policy has been reviewed in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic”. The DVLA has confirmed that test drives on trade plate vehicles may be carried out unaccompanied. Please find more details in the news.

We continue to keep our members informed through our daily COVID-19 bulletin, if you are an NFDA member and not currently receiving the bulletin, please email

This week, the Government has announced a new ‘Bounce Back Loan’ scheme to provide fast-track finance to small and medium sized businesses. Today, the FCA has published information clarifying how firms should handle complaints during the coronavirus crisis. More details below.

NFDA’s Drive My Career has extended all memberships for three months so that dealers will not pay for any of the activities carried out in April, May and June. During this time, Drive My Career will focus on promoting employment in the automotive sector in the long term instead of sending young people to career pages, which, currently, are unlikely to display any suitable vacancies. Please find more information in the news.

NFDA is your trade association and the voice of automotive retailers. If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our member helpline at 01788538303.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director