On Thursday 29 June 2023, NFDA’s Northern Ireland Division held a meeting in Belfast with its franchised dealer members and other stakeholder groups to discuss the overall market, the pertinent issues affecting the EV charging infrastructure, the ongoing issues with the MOT system, manufacturer dealer relationships and the best course of action to confront these challenges.

William Downey, Auto Trader Account Director, attended the meeting and offered a comprehensive overview of the new and used EV market, consumer confidence, and the wider impact of the economic climate on finance.

A section was also dedicated to an update on the ongoing MOT crisis in NI. Pat Delaney, Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) Director of Operations, attended and provided members with an update on DVA’s plans for the future and address capacity issues across its network of test centres.