This week, NFDA has been busy lobbying for the automotive sector on a range of pressing issues. NFDA had a productive meeting with representatives from Transport for London to discuss the impending Ultra-Low Emission Zone which is due to come into force at the end of the month. The meeting presented the opportunity for NFDA to relay our concerns over the daily charge of £12.50 which will place increased pressure onto motorists during a time of cost of living and inflation. We have called for ongoing dialogue with TfL to find equitable solutions that achieve emission reduction goals without disproportionately burdening businesses and drivers.

The MOT system has imposed a new measure which requires certificates to display whether or not a vehicle has an outstanding safety recall. Franchised dealers should welcome this opportunity to re-invite lost, and new, customers through vehicle registration changes into the dealership and re-establish relationships.

We also wrote to the Department for Transport this week to highlight key regulatory issues that are holding back the Electric Van market. While the shift to electric commercial vehicles is progressing, the uncertainty surrounding the regulatory framework for 4.25-ton electric vans hampers their growth potential. We urge regulatory bodies to work collaboratively to establish clear and consistent guidelines that promote the safe and sustainable operation of these vehicles.

Finally, NFDA hosted its Future of Automotive 2023 briefing at the British Motor Show yesterday, which welcomed three guest speakers and covering different aspects of automotive. A recap of their presentation slides will be available in this edition of the NFDA news. The NFDA team will be staying at the Motor show for the remainder of the weekend, on behalf of Drive My Career to speak with young children and their families about why they should #ChooseAutomotive as a viable career path. Also joining the stand will be a number of Sytner Apprentices and representatives to share first hand experiences!