NBRA calls for government support after 2030 delay

The National Body Repair Association is urging the government to offer subsidies to those businesses which have already invested in preparations for the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, after it was announced that the deadline was being put back five years.

It says companies which have updated tooling, training and infrastructure will not now see a return on investments for another five years.

Wayne Mason-Drust, National Body Repair Association board member, said: “By shifting the goalposts, the government puts at risk the investments made by businesses in our sector who took early steps to adapt to a greener automotive landscape. These businesses now face an extended period before they can see a return on their investment, raising questions about the economic viability of their proactive efforts.

“To ensure that we do not compromise either our environmental objectives or the economic health of our industry, we suggest specific financial support, such as subsidies or grants, for those NBRA members who have already begun transitioning to EV-focused business models.

Additionally a graduated approach to discouraging petrol and diesel vehicle sales, perhaps through incremental EV grants, can stimulate a more manageable, gradual shift towards electric vehicles. Increased public investment in EV charging infrastructure is vital, making it easier for consumers to adapt and thus quickening the overall pace of transition.”

He concluded: “Achieving net-zero emissions remains an imperative, but it is crucial to make this transition in a way that supports, rather than undermines, the businesses actively involved in this change. The NBRA is open to collaborating with the government to find a mutually beneficial path forward that serves both our environmental and economic interests effectively.”