05 July 2024 #Statements

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive: We congratulate Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party on their election success. The new government’s commitment to an industrial strategy and its already published Automotive Sector Plan can boost manufacturing competitiveness, enhance trade relations

20 May 2024 #SMMT News #Statements

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive: This is a watershed moment for UK automotive innovation and road safety in the UK. Self-driving vehicles will revolutionise our society, and this new law will help turn ambition into reality, putting the UK alongside

06 February 2024 #Emissions #SMMT News #Statements

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: The Lords report recognises the role government must play in accelerating the EV transition. Many of the recommendations have already been highlighted by industry, such as chargepoint rollout ahead of need, equalising VAT on

25 January 2024 #SMMT News #Statements

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive Recognising CE marking indefinitely is very welcome and a common sense decision that will benefit the motorist and the competitiveness of the UK automotive industry. It means that thousands of aftermarket and supply chain businesses

25 January 2024 #SMMT News #Statements

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: Government and the automotive industry have worked together to ensure the UK has some of the world’s safest roads. The decision to retain the existing MOT system is the right one, helping maintain this

21 December 2023 #SMMT News #Statements

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: Deferring the rules of origin is a win for motorists, the economy and the environment. Maintaining tariff-free trade in EVs will ensure consumers retain the widest and most affordable choice of models, at a

06 December 2023 #SMMT News #Statements

The UK automotive industry has today welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to extend the current rules of origin for electric vehicle batteries under the Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA) until 2027 – and urged every government to back it. The Society

29 November 2023 #SMMT News #Statements

The 83rd President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will be Mick Flanagan, Vice President for Volvo, JLR, Toyota, Nissan at Adient. Announced last night at SMMT’s 106th Annual Dinner, he will assume office from 1 January

26 November 2023 #SMMT News #Statements

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive: Decarbonising road transport is essential if net zero is to be achieved, and that transition must be ‘built in Britain’. The government’s Advanced Manufacturing Plan sets out measures to support the UK automotive supply chain

24 November 2023 #SMMT News #Statements

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: The UK’s automotive manufacturing sector continues to demonstrate its investment attractiveness with yet another significant commitment. This new announcement from Nissan – coming on the back of billions recently committed by other manufacturers and

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