Call for new industrial strategy for UK automotive sector

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the Government to adopt a new industrial strategy that seeks to futureproof the UK’s automotive industry. Within its ‘Manifesto 2030’, the trade body has outlined five pledges for any strategy to deliver against.

Recent SMMT data has suggested that high input prices are the biggest obstacle to the UK automotive sector remaining competitive at a global level. The SMMT is seeking for all political parties to commit to following the five pledges launched alongside the manifesto:

  1. A green automotive transformation strategy for a stronger economy
  2. Net Zero mobility for everyone
  3. Green skills for a greener future
  4. Made in Britain – Made for the world
  5. Powering the UK clean tech revolution

The full announcement is available on the SMMT website.

A number of the SMMT’s calls complement those of the BVRLA and the two bodies regularly work in close collaboration. The BVRLA’s flagship Road to Zero Report Card will next be published in September this year. It will outline some of the association’s key decarbonisation asks and be launched as part of the Fleets in Charge Conference.