21 Jun 2024
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NFDA in pre-election call to overhaul ‘flawed levy’

The National Franchised Dealer Association has unveiled seven key ‘asks’ of the next government to support the automotive retail industry.

A call to overhaul the “flawed apprenticeship levy” is among requests contained in the NFDA’s election manifesto that was unveiled on June 4.

The other six ‘asks’ are restimulating the private EV market, mandated annual public chargepoint targets, outlining a “clear plan for future road pricing”, removing what the NFDS said are unfair regulations for heavier, electric vans, increasing HGV MOT capacity by introducing delegated testing and reducing business rates.

NFDA chief executive Sue Robinson said automotive retailers employ 78% of the 758,000 working in the sector, which sees a turnover of around £100 billion.

“Our manifesto recognises the transformative changes sweeping through our sector as the UK transitions towards the electrification of its parc, whilst addressing core challenges such as the ongoing skills shortage.”

“The next few years will be crucial for our industry, and it is essential that the next government works with the sector and offers robust support on these key issues,” Robinson said.