In response to the current coronavirus situation, The Parts Alliance has announced that it’s priority is delivering both on its social responsibilities of helping to prevent the spread of this virus and in performing its role as a vital service keeping the vehicles moving that in turn provide essential workers, emergency services and critical supply chains with the transport they need.
The group’s branch network will continue to offer trade deliveries following the government’s confirmation that garages can remain open.
The DVSA has provided clarification that MOT testing can be completed ‘behind closed doors’ and without issuing paper documents to customers where an MOT is due before 30 March.
It has also confirmed that MOTs due after 30 March would be automatically extended by six months to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Motorists still have a responsibility to “keep their vehicle in a roadworthy condition” and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has recognised garages provide “vital services”, adding they can “remain open for essential repair work”.
“It’s our social responsibility to continue supporting garages”
Neil Croxson, chief executive officer of The Parts Alliance said: “We feel it’s our social responsibility to continue supporting garages across the UK at this crucial time, operating in a way that keeps our people and our customers as safe as possible.
“Our motor factor branches provide the vital link between suppliers and garages that need quality products to keep cars moving safely.
“The decision on whether garages remain open will be taken by them individually with mind to the risks involved and the needs of their communities, but the fact is many people are reliant on cars, either as key workers travelling to jobs, or to buy food and medicines.”
The Parts Alliance also supplies national accounts operating breakdown recovery, emergency service and transport delivery vehicles.
Garages are advised that service levels may be reduced to improve the safety of staff and the group has implemented a wide range of safety measures, including increased cleaning of vehicles and premises with latex gloves used on delivery routes.
Online orders can still be delivered to home addresses.
The popular ‘Click and Collect’ service has been suspended to reduce branch contact, but will be reinstated shortly for essential trade and key workers only.
Neil Croxson added: “There’s clearly a difficult balance to strike.
“Safety of staff and compliance with government guidance are our top priorities.
“We will maintain parts supply where possible and will do everything in our power to support essential services and the population during these difficult times.”
The Parts Alliance emphasises that despite speculation, there are no significant shortages of products emerging within the supply chain currently.
The Parts Alliance continues to review its Covid-19 policy, which is available to read in full by clicking ‘more details’ below.