Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), representing franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK, comments on the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan*.
"It is encouraging to see that the Government has published its Transport Decarbonisation Plan providing further details on how it aims to ‘decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050’.
“Franchised vehicle dealers have been making significant investments both improving their infrastructure and adapting processes to meet the fast-growing consumer demand for electrified vehicles and embrace the transition to zero emission transportation.
"Retailers will continue to play a crucial role during this transition enabling their customers to switch to greener vehicles by informing them about all the benefits of owning an EV. However, it is imperative that motorists are supported through a range of incentives to ensure that they do not hold on to their old vehicles. In particular, we must ensure improvements to the current infrastructure are adequate and representative of geographical differences.
"It is extremely positive to see that the Government has included in the ‘delivery plan’ its continued support for NFDA’s Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation scheme among the initiatives aimed at raising awareness of zero emission vehicles and boosting consumer confidence**.
"NFDA remains in constant dialogue with the Government and we will respond to all relevant consultations over the coming months on behalf of the retail side of the automotive sector".
The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) is the trade association representing franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK. The automotive retail sector is one of the pillars of the UK economy, it has a turnover of around £200 billion and employs 590,000 people. There are about 4,500 automotive franchised retailer outlets in the UK.
Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) is the accreditation scheme developed by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and endorsed by the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Energy Saving Trust.
*Decarbonising Transport - A Better, Greener Britain: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1002285/decarbonising-transport-a-better-greener-britain.pdf
**Transitioning to zero emission cars and vans: 2035 delivery plan: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1001999/transitioning-to-zero-emission-cars-and-vans-2035-delivery-plan.pdf (EVA mentioned on page 12)
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.