SOME great news for brokers trying to unlock ordered cars from closed dealerships: collection and delivery can start going ahead again.
The BVRLA said it wants dealerships and other delivery agents to start moving vehicles again. Such a move would help uncork all the cars and vans stuck in the automotive supply chain.
The BVRLA says the Department for Transport has made it clear in a letter to the logistics sector, that logistics, including the collection and delivery of vehicles, should carry on during the lockdown.
In a letter from the Department of Transport to the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association, the DFT says:
“Haulage drivers, managers, warehouse staff and all other logistics professionals need to continue to go about their business to keep supply chains moving, and government policy is clear that this applies to all supplies chains and not only those for food and medical supplies. All travel related to the operation of logistics businesses (including for instance necessary washing of vehicles or supply of spare parts) or necessary travel by logistics workers to places of work such as distribution centres is therefore to be considered ‘essential travel’ in the context of current restrictions. At all times workers should however follow Public Health England guidelines on social distancing.”
BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney, added:
“The BVRLA has produced best practice advice on this in collaboration with the SMMT and Finance & Leasing Association and hopes that vehicle deliveries, in particular, will start to pick-up during the COVID-19 crisis.“
Ralph Morton is the leading journalist in the leasing broker sector and editor of Broker News, the website which provides information and news for BVRLA-registered leasing brokers. He also writes extensively on the fleet and leasing market in both the UK and Europe.