Dear Colleague,

This week’s registration figures showed a significant decline in new car and light commercials sales, which is unsurprising considering that showrooms remained closed in May. Positively, dealerships could fully reopen on Monday. Retailers have put in place stringent safety measures to protect the health of their staff and customers, in line with industry and Government guidance. Please find more information in the news.

Following the news that Governments across Europe are stepping in to support the automotive industry in respective countries, NFDA will be liaising with manufacturers and the UK Government to call for measures that support our sector going forward. These measures will need to be well-targeted and aimed at encouraging the uptake of all environmentally friendly cars including hybrids and the latest internal combustion engines vehicles.

The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fiona Hyslop MSP, responded to NFDA’s previous letters where we outlined retailers’ views on dealerships reopening. The Government provided further clarity on which retailers will be allowed to reopen in ‘Phase 2’ and confirmed that dealers can open for click & collect, providing collection ‘does not involve entering the showroom’. Please find more details in the news.

Following the latest Government announcement, TLT Solicitors answered a number of key questions on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the ‘new’ flexible furlough. Please find the full document below.

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Sue Robinson, NFDA Director