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Vehicle repair sector needs government support, says NBRA  

NBRA 21/06/2024

As the UK prepares for the upcoming general election on 4 July, the National Body Repair Association (NBRA), representing vehicle repair businesses, calls on the next government to prioritise critical reforms aimed at securing the future of the industry.

Martyn Rowley, Executive Director of the NBRA said:

"The current Apprenticeship Levy is failing our industry, hindering rather than fostering apprenticeship opportunities. Simplifying access to levy funds and removing barriers that discourage apprenticeship uptake is crucial. Additionally, recent changes to Skilled Worker Visa rules threaten to exacerbate our industry's workforce challenges. Adjustments are needed to ensure our members can continue to access overseas skills."

"The transition to Battery Electric Vehicles presents significant safety and operational challenges. Mandating standardised rescue and recovery protocols is essential to ensure the safety of first responders and minimise risks associated with BEV repairs" Furthermore, high business rates, currently at their highest-ever levels, pose a significant burden for vehicle repairers and reducing these rates is necessary to ease financial pressures and maintain essential services for motorists."

Rowley concluded, "The next government needs to recognise the importance of supporting the vehicle repair sector. Addressing the skills shortage, standardising BEV repair protocols, and reducing business rates will secure a sustainable future for our industry and the communities we serve."


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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.