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NFDA reminds dealers to display new car label

NFDA 25/08/2020

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) reminds its dealer members that it is a legal requirement to display the ‘New Car Environmental Label’ on or near each new car at a dealership.

The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) states “car dealers are required to display a label on (or near to) every new car displayed for sale” as it is a legal requirement to make the new car fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data freely available to consumers.

The Passenger Car (Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions Information) Regulations 2001 state “a supplier of a new passenger car shall, on request by a dealer, provide free of charge to the dealer the official fuel consumption and official specific emissions of CO2 figures for any model of passenger car manufactured by that supplier”.

Dealers who do not have access to the necessary information should contact their manufacturers. When a dealer requests this information, “the supplier shall ensure that the information requested is provided promptly to the dealer”.

The new car environmental label has recently been redesigned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (working with the Department for Transport and Vehicle Certification Agency).

The new label allows motorists to quickly compare monthly running costs, identify a vehicle’s emission figures and, for plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars, understand the electric range.

All the information on the label uses the latest, more reliable and robust WLTP figures.

NFDA and LowCVP have also produced a consumer guide to make showroom visitors and staff aware of the redesigned car label and how the new information helps motorists choose the lowest carbon car for their journey.

Sue Robinson, Director of the NFDA, said: "Dealers should ensure that the New Car Environmental Label is displayed in a clearly visible manner on or near each new passenger car on sale at dealerships.

"We encourage our members to contact us if they require any guidance or clarifications".

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