NEWS: 12/08/2019 - Government doubles funding for on-street electric car charging    |   10/07/2019 - Government will remove BIK company car tax on EVs from 2020/21   |   09/07/2019 - SMTA Members listed in AM100 2019   |   04/07/2019 - June delivers marginal .22% decline in Scottish car registrations   |   03/07/2019 - Knockhill trackside sign manufacturer launches bespoke automotive interiors and seats range   |              UPCOMING EVENTS: 07/11/2019 - SMTA Annual Dinner 2019   |   


Government doubles funding for on-street electric car charging
12 Aug 2019

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has welcomed a Government decision to double its funding of electric vehicle (EV) charge points in residential streets.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced this morning (August 12) that an additional £2.5 million would be added to fund more than 1,000 new chargepoints on residential streets. 

“It is positive to see that the Government has announced additional funds for chargepoints on residential streets”, said Sue Robinson, director of the NFDA.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced an additional £2.5 million to fund the installation of over 1,000 new chargepoints. The allocation of funding for on-street residential chargepoints is part of the £1.5 billion investment underpinned by the Road to Zero Strategy.

The strategy will also deliver £37 million of Government investment into British engineering to develop electric chargepoint infrastructure that could rapidly expand the UK chargepoint network for people without off-street parking and put the UK on the map as the best place in the world to own an EV.

Shapps said that it was vital that electric vehicle drivers “feel confident about the availability of chargepoints near their homes, and that charging an electric car is seen as easy as plugging in a smartphone”.

Additionally, in July, the Government announced that all newly installed rapid and higher powered chargepoints should provide debit or credit card payment by spring 2020.

Read full article on AM Online:

Government will remove BIK company car tax on EVs from 2020/21
10 Jul 2019

Company car drivers choosing a pure electric vehicle (EV) will pay no benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21 following a Government review which looks set to boost sales of emissions-free cars.

In its response to its review of the fallout from the roll-out of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) introduced on September 1 last year, and its effect on vehicle taxes, HM Treasury has binned the previously published BIK rates for 2020/21, AM’s sister title Fleet News reported.

The changes will be a huge boost to EV retailers and manufacturers with a strong alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) offering keen to embrace corporate sales but could prove a blow to those yet to fully embrace zero-emissions technology, including the likes of Suzuki, which recently announced the launch of its own business partner programme.

In place of the old taxation system it has now created two new BIK tables for company car drivers; a table for those driving a company car registered after April 6, 2020, and one for those driving a company car registered before April 6, 2020.

HM Treasury has said that for cars first registered from April 6, 2020, most company car tax rates will be reduced by two percentage points.  That means for a pure electric vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions, company car drivers will be taxed at 0%, paying no BIK tax at all.

Furthermore, the zero percentage rate is also extended to company car drivers in pure electric vehicles registered prior to April 6, 2020, who were already looking forward to a much reduced rate of 2% for 2020/21.

The 0% rate will also apply to company cars registered from April 6, 2020, with emissions from 1-50g/km and a pure electric mile range of 130 miles or more.

For the BIK tables and full article from AM Online visit:

SMTA Members listed in AM100 2019
09 Jul 2019

AM100: the largest 100 UK automotive retail groups by turnover includes six SMTA members

Ranked No. 2 is - Lookers with a turnover of £5,131,300

Ranked No. 4 is - Arnold Clark with a turnover of £4,316,700

Ranked No. 18 is - John Clark Group with a turnover of £829,102

Ranked No. 19 is - Park's Motor Group with a turnover of £770,000

Ranked No. 22 is -  Eastern Holdings with a turnover of £700,000

Ranked No. 59 is - Peoples with a turnover of £274,411.

June delivers marginal .22% decline in Scottish car registrations
04 Jul 2019

  1. Scottish new car registrations decline by marginal .22% against same period last year, meanwhile the rest of the UK experience 5.28% on same period.
  2. UK overall records decline in alternatively fuelled vehicle demand as registrations fall for first time in 26 months.
  3. Rise in battery electric car registrations in UK but plug-in hybrid decline continues, falling -50.4%, as hybrids also take a hit.
  4. Scottish half year market falls 3.39% with 98,416 new cars registered in first six months, roughly in line with market expectations.

Scottish new car registrations declined by .22% across Scotland with differing fortunes in regions, Tayside recording a fantastic increase of 10.78% and at the other end of the scale Dumfries and Galloway falling by a massive 18.75% in the same period!

Demand grew across Scotland within the private sector, registrations seeing an increase of 12.42% equal to a whole private market return of 8,987 new vehicles, however the larger fleet and business registrations fell, down 7.42% and a massive 33.50% respectively.

The month saw growth for petrol and battery electric registrations.

Sandy Burgess, SMTA Chief Executive, said, “There is no doubt that any negative number is hard to accept, however there is some salvation in the growth of the private sector, regrettably this is not enough to balance the decline in the fleet and business sectors. We have too much uncertainty in the market place for far too long and the law makers and politicians must act quickly and collectively to bring an end to this by making decisions for our futures!”

The SMTA is happy to support the SMMT’s call for measures to be introduced to aid a smooth transition to zero emission transport, the SMMT recognize the need for world-class, long-term incentives and substantial investment in infrastructure. Fleet renewal remains the quickest way to address environmental concerns today and consumers should have the confidence – and support – to choose the new car that best meets their driving needs, whatever the technology, secure in the knowledge that it is safer and cleaner than ever before.”

Knockhill trackside sign manufacturer launches bespoke automotive interiors and seats range
03 Jul 2019

Award winning Scottish Company takes car interiors to a whole new level at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed 2019

After years of development, both in-house and externally, a unique method of bespoke customisation for car interiors and seats has its initial launch at Goodwood – Festival of Speed.

The special print faux leather has undergone vigorous testing including rigorous friction tests to meet the criteria of British Standards.

John Young, of John Young Signs and John Young Group, based in Cowdenbeath has developed a unique process for printing on car interiors developed from his sign making business (almost every trackside sign at Knockhill Racing Circuit has been manufactured by John).

Camat™ Design will be launching their automotive bespoke interiors and seats range with Golf bags and Harris Tweed Furniture to trigger your imagination and desires at  Stand No. 242 Goodwood Festival of Speed on 4th July 2019.

2018 C.A.R Star Awards

The SMTA Annual Dinner and C.A.R. Star Awards event turned out to be yet another fantastic evening! Not only was it a great opportunity to network with other like-minded folk from the Scottish motor trade but it’s also where they celebrated the amazing work their members do for their local community and charities close to their hearts.

We had ten category winners, including our ‘Buttons 4 Ben’ design competition winner and the very first ever Auto Skills Scotland winner! The winners are all shown below.

The Garage (Whitburn) Ltd

Adam Purves Mitsubishi

Allied Vehicles Group

Dicksons of Inverness

John Clark Motor Group

Special Recognition Award

Gerry Facenna

Winner of the first Auto Skills Scotland event

Stuart Cochrane

Design competition winner

New College Lanarkshire


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