The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has written to the new Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper, highlighting the importance of the independent garage sector to the UK’s economy and the current issues facing the industry.
Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive comments: “Independent garages carry out over 70% of the UK’s service and maintenance work, sitting at the heart of communities and quietly providing key services that keep the UK’s vehicles roadworthy and roads safe. The automotive landscape is rapidly changing, and small garage businesses are facing a number of unique challenges which require the Government’s support to ensure that they can afford to remain open, adapt and thrive.
“We have briefed the Secretary on issues currently affecting independent garages, including the rising cost of energy, the right for independent garages to access vehicle technical information so that consumers can choose where to take their car for servicing and repairs, and lack of apprentices and skilled people entering the sector.
“We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the Department for Transport and representing the interests of the UK’s 35,000 independent garage businesses.”
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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.