Following the announcement of the government’s Energy Bill Relief Scheme, the Independent Garage Association (IGA) is warning that additional support will be needed to help independent garage businesses survive the ongoing energy price crisis and protect UK road safety.
The scheme, announced yesterday, will fix wholesale energy prices for businesses at £211 per MWh for electricity and £75 per MWh for gas, initially for six months between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023.
Stuart James comments: “We are pleased that the government has finally introduced support for businesses to help them with the extortionate cost of energy, following our communications with Chancellor and Secretary of State. However, small businesses like garages will need help far beyond the next six months to keep their doors open, protect jobs and help prevent accidents on our roads.
“Independent garages provide vital, affordable services that keep the UK’s vehicles roadworthy and roads safe, however we are already seeing reports that motorists are avoiding MOTs and car repairs to save money amidst the rising cost of living. If garages are forced to raise their prices significantly to cover their energy costs in the near future, this could seriously impact road safety throughout the UK.
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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.