British isles new car or truck dealers are disappointed that the government’s submit-lockdown ‘reopening roadmap’ announced on Monday (22 February) will mean they will continue to be closed – besides for ‘click and collect’ on-line ordering – for another one March ‘plate change’ selling season.

Sellers, together with other ‘non-essential’ vendors will not be allowed to reopen showrooms till twelve April at the earliest, the govt stated.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief government, stated in a statement: “The automotive market understands the precedence will have to be to get the virus underneath regulate, relieving strain on hospitals and shielding modern society at massive. Nonetheless, the reality that retail showrooms will have to continue to be closed till April at the very least, is deeply disappointing specified these facilities are COVID-secure, massive premises with minimal footfall and able to operate on an appointment-only basis.

“Even though ‘click and collect’┬ácan go on, this does not switch the showroom expertise on which so quite a few retail buyers depend, especially in the all significant March plate change month that signifies just one in 5 of once-a-year new automobile registrations.

“Unfortunately, the continuing drop in retail company will translate into lowered output volumes as effectively as giving rise to other operational issues.

“We search to govt to work with the sector to provide ongoing help and clarity so the market can approach its re-opening and restoration.”