Dear Colleague,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the Government will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 and hybrids 2035, we have highlighted that this is a challenging deadline and consumers, as well as businesses, will need to be incentivised and supported. Although it is positive that hybrid technologies are recognised as crucial during this transition, there are a number of barriers still to address. Please find more details below.

Over the past weeks, we have been lobbying HMRC and MPs to highlight that under post-Brexit EU VAT rules, the sale price of a significant proportion of used vehicles in Northern Ireland will be subject to an increase for the stock purchased in Great Britain. We have urged HMRC to find a solution before the end of the year.

We have also had a response from the office of Dr Stephen Farry MP who has asked the question in Parliament directly to the NI Minister (watch here), who has pledged to raise it with HMRC. Mr Farry has also written directly to the EU Commission. Please see more details in the news.

In Scotland, from 6 pm this evening Tier 4 local protection restrictions will apply to 11 local council areas. Non-essential retail will be required to close, although click and collect, online services and outdoor retail, including ‘car lots’, can remain open. Please find more details in the news and contact us directly for any enquiries.

NFDA is your trade association and we are the voice of automotive retailers: if you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact our member helpline – 01788 538303.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director