NEWS: 22/05/2019 - SMTA join CECRA   |   09/05/2019 - April new car registrations grow by .74%!   |   02/05/2019 - Ultra Low Emission Zones - SMTA meet with Transport Scotland   |   25/04/2019 - Citroen C1 Cup in association with the SMTA   |   24/04/2019 - Douglas Robertson Obituary   |              UPCOMING EVENTS: 11/06/2019 - The Garage Inspector - Financial understanding for the garage business   |   07/11/2019 - SMTA Annual Dinner 2019   |   
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SMTA join CECRA
22 May 2019


SMTA has decided to take up full membership of CECRA - the voice of European vehicle dealers and repairers.  Their manifesto has common goals with our own ambitions and we intend to play a very proactive role with our membershhip of CECRA, ensuring that the voice of all our members, both franchised and independent are head across Europe.

CECRA have four key agenda items:
  1. Monitoring policies affecting the automotoive distribution and repair sector;
  2. Advocating the interest of authorised dealers and repairers before the European regulatory bodies;
  3. Building up alliances with other European stakeholders and
  4. Identifying and sharing new business opportunities, practices and trends.

CECRA represents 336,720 enterprises of automotive trade and repair businesses.




April new car registrations grow by .74%!
09 May 2019


Sandy Burgess SMTA Chief Executive commented “April has returned the Scottish market to a degree of growth with a small increase on last year at 12,562 units versus 12,470 for 2018. This is by no means a turnaround as 7 of our 9 reporting regions have recorded a decline in the month with only 2, Strathclyde and Central recording the growth that has tipped the balance.

Petrol registrations have continued to lead the way, but diesel is showing some signs of recovery with the rate of decline slowing, this is indicative of the need for rural Scots to have access to cheap, reliable and more importantly clean efficient vehicles that are practical for the current fuel landscape.

The alternative fuelled market continues to grow at a significant rate, however we are now seeing clear evidence of the ill-timed and quite remarkable removal of the subsidy on hybrids by the UK Government as the registrations for these vehicles start to slow.

There remains a lot of work to do for the market place to evolve at the rate required to reach the utopia position as per the 2032 ambitions of the Scottish Government!”.



Ultra Low Emission Zones - SMTA meet with Transport Scotland
02 May 2019


SMTA's Chief Executive, Sandy Burgess and Company Secretary Moira Gaynor met with Transport Scotland discussing the future skills requirements for the Alternative Fuelled Vehicles and the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zones in Glasgow and potential impacts on membership as a result of this plan.  The plan is to role this out across Scotland’s largest four cities Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee between 2018 and 2020.

What is a low emission zone?

Low emission zones set an environmental limit on certain road spaces, allowing access to only the cleanest vehicles and can help to transform towns and cities into cleaner, healthier places to live, work and visit.

Vehicles that do not meet the emission standards set for a low emission zones will not be able to enter the zone. A penalty charge will be payable by the vehicle’s registered keeper where a non-compliant vehicle enters unless it is exempt.


Low emission zones will be introduced into all other Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) by 2023 where evidence shows they are the appropriate option to improve air quality.  These actions are based on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017/18 commitments.

Over 10 million pounds (a 300% increase in air quality funding) is being invested in 2018/2019 to help establish low emission zones.

This is in addition to the £1.6m made available in 2017-18 to the Bus Emission Abatement Retrofit Programme (or BEAR) to support the bus sector in preparing for low emission zones. A one million pound air quality action fund has also been established to support local authorities in delivering a range of transport-related actions aimed at improving air quality.

The Scottish Government is working in partnership with local authorities to introduce low emission zones. This includes engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including transport organisations, businesses and members of the public.

Low emission zones set an environmental limit on certain road spaces, allowing access to only the cleanest vehicles and can help to transform towns and cities into cleaner, healthier places to live, work and visit.

Vehicles that do not meet the emission standards set for a low emission zones will not be able to enter the zone. A penalty charge will be payable by the vehicle’s registered keeper where a non-compliant vehicle enters unless it is exempt.



Citroen C1 Cup in association with the SMTA
25 Apr 2019


The opening round of the Scottish Motor Racing Championships saw the inaugural races of the new Citroen C1 Cup take place on Sunday 7 April at Knockhill. Despite some rather challenging weather conditions, there was some fantastic action with over 100 cars entered in total and 10 different race winners across the 16 races.

There were 11 cars on the grid and 9 of these were driven by complete newcomers to car racing, which is exactly what the championship was intended to do. The entrants included two College car teams, with Edinburgh College fielding a car for Tom Denham and West College Scotland fielding a car for Glenn Alcock.  Newcomers Ryan Smith and Finlay Brunton monopolised the top two steps of the podium in both races, taking a win and 2nd place finish each. The 2 races were competitive with both races seeing groups of 3 to 4 cars scrapping away throughout the race. Third in race 1 was Steven Morrison, and in race 2 it was Ross Dunn.

It looks like we could be welcoming more of these little cars to the grid for round 2, in May! 



Douglas Robertson Obituary
24 Apr 2019


Douglas Robertson former Chief Executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association died on the 16th of April at St John’s Hospital in Livingston surrounded by his family.

Douglas joined the SMTA in 1997 as Finance Director and became Chief Executive of the Association in 1999 until his retirement from that role in 2015 and at his time of death Douglas was a Director on the SMTA Board.  Douglas played a pivotal part in the development of the SMTA in his 16 years as Chief Executive and during his time in charge of the organisation he worked with seven Presidents.  His challenge was to match the ambitions of each President with the ability of the business to meet the expectations of the membership whilst maintaining a sustainable working relationship with governments in Westminster and Holyrood, ensuring sustainability for the future was by no means an easy task!

The current SMTA President, Graham Greenwood commented “Douglas always brought his own style of guidance and commentary to the daily operation of the Association and we are most grateful for his years of service at SMTA.  The thoughts of all those associated with the SMTA are with his wife Susan and family at this very difficult time”.



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

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http://www.thegaragewhitburn.co.uk/
Adam Purves Mitsubishi

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http://www.adampurves.com
Allied Vehicles Group

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https://alliedvehiclesgroup.com/
Dicksons of Inverness

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https://www.dicksonsofinverness.co.uk/
John Clark Motor Group

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https://www.john-clark.co.uk/
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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