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Govt must step in with Green incentives to save the car industry

July 31, 2020 7:30 AM
By Ellen Nicholson

Reports state that the UK car industry is likely to have its worst year since 1954.

"This pandemic has left the car industry on its knees. The Government must step in to stem the tide of job losses. But the recovery must also be an opportunity: the car industry must change to produce low emission, green vehicles said Acting Leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey.

Wiltshire has already seen turmoil locally with redundancies at the Honda plant in Swindon, the impact of covid19 ontop of an already fragile market could be devastating for the industry and families who work locally said Ellen Nicholson, South West Wiltshire's Lib Dem spokesperson.

"The Tories have slashed support for electric vehicles and have failed to invest properly in new infrastructure such as charging points, promising only a green number plate as consolation. Unsurprisingly, sales for electric vehicles remain low.

"Liberal Democrats are calling for a green recovery for the car industry. The government should ensure that 100% of all new cars sales are electric by 2030 and they Car industryshould consider slashing VAT to 5% on electric vehicles. This will make it easier and cheaper for people to make the green choice while helping our car industry recover."