Garages will remain open despite the UK’s third national lockdown. As in the previous two lockdowns, the UK tyre business is increasingly pragmatic about support drivers that need to keep mobile.
“Tyre centres, garages and those businesses involved in the related transport, vehicle aftermarket and distribution sectors remain essential businesses and their employees are key workers,” National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) chief executive Stefan Hay told Tyrepress.com.
However, this work comes with challenges, according to Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive: “This third shutdown comes at the worst possible time, as businesses face close of year challenges as well as uncertainty and upheaval from the Brexit transition period which ends in just 12 days’ time – with still no deal agreed. With automotive manufacturing inherently linked to retail, getting Covid-secure showrooms back open as soon as possible – as well as securing that critical deal – is essential.”