Petrol & diesel ban impacting repair investment

September 27, 2023
Petrol & diesel ban impacting repair investment
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The moving of the goal posts on the petrol and diesel ban in both Europe and the UK in recent weeks, has caused a major headache for many body repair operators, who were already making investments with the 2030 deadline in mind. 


Recognising that progressive repairs are being penalised, the UK's National Body Repair Association, has urged the government to offer subsidies to those businesses, which have already made large investments in tooling, training and infrastructure. 

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.” 

He added, “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.”

In Ireland as yet there is no clarity on when the ban on new petrol and diesel sales will come into effect, although most observers now believe this will have to be in line with the European Union deadline of 2035. Bodyshops and garages here need a definitive timetable so that they can make appropriate investment plans.  
 
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