NEWS: 18/02/2020 - Arnold Clark wins at AM Awards 2020   |   06/02/2020 - CECRA latest update   |   23/01/2020 - DVLA changes policy on trade plate use with pre-registrations   |   08/01/2020 - New Renault tech links cars with homes   |   10/12/2019 - November New Car Registrations    |              UPCOMING EVENTS: 03/03/2020 - Dundee MOT Seminar 2020   |   04/03/2020 - Aberdeen MOT Seminar 2020   |   05/03/2020 - Inverness MOT Seminar 2020   |   24/04/2020 - SMTA FF20 - Females In Focus   |   29/10/2020 - SMTA Annual Dinner 2020   |   


Arnold Clark wins at AM Awards 2020
18 Feb 2020

Almost a thousand motor industry executives gathered at Birmingham's ICC for the 2020 AM Awards gala dinner and ceremony to celebrate many of the best businesses, teams, individuals and products in the UK's motor retail industry.

Congratulations to SMTA member Arnold Clark who won three awards: Dealer Group of the Year – sponsored by Black Horse; Best Dealer Group (more than 10 sites) – sponsored by heycar and Best Used Car Dealer Group (franchised and independent) – sponsored by Autoclenz 

For a full lilst of all winners click the link:

Article: AM Online


CECRA latest update
06 Feb 2020

CECRA update on renewal process of the vertical block exemption

Automotive BER 461/2010:

  • Fact-finding study and the public consultation planned for Q3/2020;
  • Evaluation report: 2021;
  • The input should be on the performance of the current regime and not, at this stage, on what the post-2023 will look like.
All channels: franchising resolution (with the announced discussion in the European Competition Network), and Unfair Practices will continue to be analyzed.

DVLA changes policy on trade plate use with pre-registrations
23 Jan 2020

The DVLA has revised its official policy on trade plates following lobbying from the Used Vehicle Industry Group (UVIG) over worries about dealers using untaxed ex-demos and pre-registered cars.

Under the old policy, dealers could not use trade plates on cars were they were the registered keeper of the vehicle, such as with ex-demonstrators or pre-registered cars.

Dominic Threlfall, managing director of Pebley Beach Group and a member of the UVIG, said: "To test drive these cars you officially would have to tax them. The reality being a lot of dealerships were not aware of this, and those that were ignored it and potentially left themselves open to prosecution.

"After significant canvassing, we are now able to transfer our own cars into 'trade' and then used trade plates on them.

"It seems a small change, but it will keep dealerships legal."

The DVLA's update states that dealers should inform it online when they're transfering a vehicle into sale stock, and they'll no longer be registered as the keeper "and the vehicle will be notified as transferred out of your business, or to another section of your business, as trade stock for sale. The trade plates can then be used to test drive the vehicle by a prospective buyer."

Threlfall said the UVIG has members representing trade associations, motor auctions, dealerships and finance and leasing companies, and one of its aims is to help the industry optimise the use of DVLA systems, which are very consumer focused and can be quite an administration burden for dealerships.

He believes the DVLA will pay closer attention to cars transferred into trade in the future, as vehicles between owners might be transferred multiple times between traders and it is difficult for DVLA to know exactly where they are at any point.

If parking or speeding infringements occur that creates an issue for the DVLA and dealerships, said Threlfall.

Article: AM Online

New Renault tech links cars with homes
08 Jan 2020

Renault is developing a new connectivity service that will link its cars with smart-home devices, allowing owners to control objects in their home from their car.

The French car maker has partnered with smart-home technology specialist Otodo in order to develop the new service.

It will be available in all Renault models fitted with Easy Link infotainment systems, including the new Zoe, Clio and Captur.

With this new connectivity service, users can control various objects in their home directly from their vehicle’s dashboard, as well as send instructions from their home, using a smartphone or connected speaker, to their connected Renault vehicle to prepare or share an itinerary.

Users select the objects they want to include in the available scenarios, and the instructions associated with each object.

The Leaving Home scenario puts their home to “sleep” by switching the thermostat to energy-saving mode, closing the shutters and turning off the lights.

The Arriving Home scenario wakes it up.

Users then decide when they want the system to prompt them to activate the scenarios based on the distance between the vehicle and home.

Jean-François Labal, marketing and partnership head for Connected Cars and Services at Groupe Renault, said: “Cars need to blend into our digital lives. With this service, we’re offering our customers a trailblazing experience and a completely secure system to connect their home’s connected objects to their vehicle. The interface to set it up is very intuitive and it comes with two advantages: it’s automatic so it makes life simpler and it saves energy by switching lights and heating on and off as needed.”

The service, which is being previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is expected to be operational in 2020.

Article: AM Online

November New Car Registrations
10 Dec 2019

“It’s business as usual” but not as we would want it to be! Sandy Burgess Chief Executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association commenting on the new car registration results for Scotland in November 2019 has highlighted the continual decline in the industry results as “disappointing but understandable” given the political turmoil of late”!

Scotland’s results for the month came in at 4.21% down on the same period in 2018, this equates to 522 less new cars being registered across the country, the largest percentage drop was in the Borders at 22.73% down and then Dumfries & Galloway at 18.73%, there was two areas of growth in Lothian up 2.43% and Central at 1.74%.

The Scottish private car market continues to show resilience against the rest of the UK which is encouraging for the future, alternative fueled vehicles continue to grow ahead of any market conditions as more and more motorists embrace the transition to electric or hybrid technology. Registrations for pure electric in November 2019 come in at 2.74% against the same period in 2018 at 0.6% and hybrids measure 6.09% against 4.98% for the month 2019 & 18 respectively.

The market is in dire need of political resolution and some level of financial stability to allow a return to a stable market, the deals are out there, the dealers are prepared, stocked and trained, there is a growing desire for transition to clean, economical and technically outstanding vehicles, bring it on!

2019 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.

This year we introduced our Skills Stars Awards identifying the best young talent in Scotland’s automotive industry.

John Graham, Brownsburn Garage

Automotive Technology Winner – Harry Chaundy


Body Repair Winner – Sam Meheux


Special Recognition Award

Douglas Park, Park’s Motor Group (award accepted on Douglas’ behalf by Ian Mackay)


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