What should the next government prioritise?

We take a look at Right to Repair, the ICE Ban, and EV Mechanic training

What should the next government prioritise?

As the UK awaits the results of who will be the next government, there are industry issues that have long demanded attention. From empowering consumers to fostering a greener automotive industry, what would you like the next government to focus on?

1. Right to repair: Empowering consumers and sustainability

 “Right to Repair Regulations” were introduced in July 2021, and while they’re a step in the right direction, more could still be done. The current regulations require manufacturers to provide professional repairers with access to spare parts and technical information, but manufacturers should expedite the availability of spare parts within the two-year grace period. By ensuring repairability, garages empower consumers, reduce waste, and promote sustainability.

2. ICE Ban: Accelerating the transition to electric vehicles

Labour’s commitment to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 could be seen as a necessary step towards a cleaner future. But, what’s currently lacking is a clear roadmap and sufficient support for those transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs). This means investing in a nationwide network of working charge points and ensuring mechanics are up to speed on EV tech.

Which leads us to…

3. EV Mechanic training: Bridging the skills gap

As electric vehicles become mainstream, garages need skilled mechanics who can diagnose, repair, and maintain them. Vocational schools and colleges must offer specialised courses in electric vehicle repair. These programs need to cover essential topics like electric motor theory, battery systems, and charging systems. By investing in EV mechanic training at the grassroots, we can ensure a competent workforce ready to support the transition to cleaner transportation from the very start of their career.

4. The cost of an MOT: Raising the maximum fee in line with inflation

The price cap for the MOT hasn’t been raised since the £54.85 maximum was introduced on 6 April 2010. That’s now over 14 years of stagnant pricing when inflation and wages have soared. With many garages saying they’re now losing money by carrying out MOTs, is it not about time the price at least rose with inflation each year?

But what do you think the priority should be? Is it just the one issue you’d like to see tackled, or are there a number of issues that have been left for far too long? Let us know in the comments below.

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