The Scottish Government has confirmed to the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and the Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) that from Saturday 16 January, when the new regulations come into force in Scotland, outdoor vehicle lots will be able to remain open in order to allow “collection of a purchased vehicle or for delivery or collection of a vehicle for repair, service or MOT”.
Under the current Regulations, outdoor car lots are listed amongst those businesses that are able to remain open in level 4, albeit "people should only leave their homes for an essential purpose”.
“Following continuous discussions with our franchised dealer members in Scotland and the relevant Government departments, it is positive that the Scottish Government has confirmed with the NFDA that ‘click & collect’ and delivery services of vehicles bought online can continue.
“Franchised dealers have demonstrated ‘click & collect’ and deliveries can be performed in a COVID-secure way protecting the health of colleagues and customers.
“This will allow our members to continue to offer a safe option to all those that need to buy a car during these challenging times”.
Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK
About the RMI
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.