NBRA calls for government support for vehicle repair sector

As the UK prepares for the upcoming general election on 4 July, the National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has called on the next government to prioritise critical reforms aimed at securing the future of the vehicle repair sector industry.

Martyn Rowley, executive director of the NBRA, said:

“The current Apprenticeship Levy is failing our industry, hindering rather than fostering apprenticeship opportunities. Simplifying access to levy funds and removing barriers that discourage apprenticeship uptake is crucial. Additionally, recent changes to Skilled Worker Visa rules threaten to exacerbate our industry’s workforce challenges. Adjustments are needed to ensure our members can continue to access overseas skills.

NBRA calls for government support

“The transition to battery electric vehicles presents significant safety and operational challenges. Mandating standardised rescue and recovery protocols is essential to ensure the safety of first responders and minimise risks associated with BEV repairs. Furthermore, high business rates, currently at their highest-ever levels, pose a significant burden for vehicle repairers and reducing these rates is necessary to ease financial pressures and maintain essential services for motorists,” Rowley continued.

“The next government needs to recognise the importance of supporting the vehicle repair sector. Addressing the skills shortage, standardising BEV repair protocols, and reducing business rates will secure a sustainable future for our industry and the communities we serve.”