Eurorepar backs petition calling for motor trade support

Published:  01 June, 2021

A petition calling for greater support for the motor trade from government is seeing growing support, with Eurorepar Car Service now throwing its weight behind it.

The campaign is calling on government to act decisively with a package of financial support that could prevent garages badly affected by the pandemic from going out of business.

The pandemic and the resulting MOT exemption saw footfall into garages drop precipitously in 2020, and in 2021 many businesses continue to struggle. The petition is calling for a support package for 2022. In order for the government to respond to the petition, 10,000 signatures are required, with 100,000 required for the issue to be debated in Parliament.

A number of Eurorepar Car Service Centres have already signed the petition, and now the network is encouraging others in the trade to follow suit.

Nick Taylor, Head of Network & Business Development, said: “The motor trade has endured a tough period since the first lockdown last year. Many garages are struggling to make ends meet, and the effects of the MOT extension are still being felt. As a network, we are completely behind the sector’s push for financial support. I would urge garage owners, technicians and anyone else involved in the motor trade to sign the petition as soon as possible".

Gavin Colclough, Service Manager at Euro Car Care, a member of the Eurorepar Car Service Network, said: “It is obvious that garage businesses are going to suffer a noticeable shortage of work during the spring and summer seasons as a result of the six-month MOT extension. With the furlough scheme ending in September, I am hugely concerned for the future of jobs and businesses across the sector unless there is some sort of financial support from the government to act as a safeguard.

“I would therefore urge people to take a stand and sign this petition to help protect our jobs and livelihoods for the future. We need 10,000 signatures for the petition to even be considered so it is of paramount importance that no one is complacent”.

The petition can be found here: petition.parliament.uk

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