NFDA unveils General Election manifesto

The National Franchised Dealer Association (NFDA) has this morning unveiled its new General Election manifesto which sets out how it believes the next government can support the automotive retail industry.

The General Election is scheduled for 4 July.

The manifesto outlines seven key steps it would like the new government to take:

  • Restimulate the private electric vehicle market
  • Overhaul the flawed Apprenticeship Levy
  • Mandated annual public chargepoint targets
  • Outline a clear plan for future road pricing
  • Remove unfair regulations for heavier, electric vans
  • Increase HGV MOT capacity by introducing delegated testing
  • Bring down business rates


Sue Robinson, chief executive of the NFDA, said: “The automotive sector is one of the pillars of the UK economy, with franchised vehicle retailers contributing significantly. Automotive retailers employ 78% of the 758,000 people working in the sector, which sees a turnover of around £100bn.

“As we approach the UK General Election, due to take place on 4 July, NFDA is pleased to announce the launch of our comprehensive manifesto, outlining a vision for the future of automotive retail and the wider industry.

“Our manifesto recognises the transformative changes sweeping through our sector as the UK transitions towards the electrification of its parc whilst addressing core challenges such as the ongoing skills shortage.

“The next few years will be crucial for our industry, and it is essential that the next government works with the sector and offers robust support on these key issues.”