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UK dealers to miss out on 1 March ‘plate change’ sales season | Automotive Industry News

Uk new car sellers are sad that the government’s submit-lockdown ‘reopening roadmap’ introduced on Monday (22 February) will imply they will however be shut – apart from for ‘click and collect’ on-line buying – for yet another one March ‘plate change’ promoting season.

Dealers, along with other ‘non-essential’ vendors will not be allowed to reopen showrooms until finally twelve April at the earliest, the governing administration claimed.

Mike Hawes, SMMT main govt, claimed in a assertion: “The automotive business understands the priority should be to get the virus underneath control, relieving strain on hospitals and defending society at massive. Nonetheless, the point that retail showrooms should stay shut until finally April at least, is deeply disappointing supplied these amenities are COVID-safe, massive premises with low footfall and capable to operate on an appointment-only basis.

“Even though ‘click and collect’ can continue on, this does not swap the showroom knowledge on which so many retail consumers depend, particularly in the all crucial March plate modify month that signifies one particular in 5 of annual new motor vehicle registrations.

“Unfortunately, the continuing decline in retail small business will translate into lessened manufacturing volumes as properly as offering increase to other operational difficulties.

“We look to governing administration to perform with the sector to supply ongoing support and clarity so the business can system its re-opening and recovery.”