Dear Colleague,

This week, September’s new passenger car registrations figures showed a decline in the market as the strong consumer demand seen by franchised dealers was partially offset by supply issues. The light commercial vehicle market saw a strong 26.4% uplift following last year’s decline due to the introduction of new emission regulations. Please find more details below.

The latest official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the UK economy rose by 2.1% in August, the fourth consecutive month of expansion after the lockdown, although the growth was slower than June and July.

Local councils have confirmed Bath and Birmingham will see their Clean Air Zones being introduced in 15 March 2021 and 1 June 2021 respectively. Private cars will be exempt in Bath. Please find more information in the news.

The weekly YouGov tracker, updated today, shows ‘health’ and ‘the economy’ are currently perceived by the British population as the most important issues facing our country, ‘Britain leaving the EU’ follows. Please see more details below.

As the Government considers the introduction of additional restrictions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in a number of UK areas, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep our members updated.

NFDA is your trade association and the voice of automotive retailers: if you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our member helpline 0178 538303 or email

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director