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Post-Brexit outlook, autonomy and 2035 EV impact on agenda at VRA March meeting

Emerging trends, including the post-Brexit economic outlook, developments in vehicle autonomy and the impact of the Government’s 2035 electric vehicle announcement, are to come under focus at the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s next member meeting.

The impact of the Government’s 2035 electric vehicle announcement will come under focus at the VRA March meeting

The event, which takes place on 18 March at the offices of motor industry legal specialists Geldard’s in Derby, will include presentations from Lee Swinerd, managing director at KPMG Advisory on the post-election, post-Brexit economic outlook including the impact on the automotive industry from a manufacturer, dealer, supply chain and remarketing perspective. He will also examine upcoming trends including how ownership models and technology will determine the long term future of the motor industry.

Jon Butler, partner at Geldards, will explore autonomous vehicle developments, showing how, supported by the Automated and EV Act 2018, the UK is ahead of the curve. Issues covered will include insurance, different levels of autonomous vehicles, cyber-security, product liability and ownership of data.

An explanation of the shift to e.mobility will be provided by Ade Thomas, chief sustainability officer at Green.TV, looking at key drivers including climate change, EU fines for CO2 emissions, political campaigning and company car benefit in taxation.

David Watts, consultant at Arval UK, will look at the practical impact of the Government’s recent 2035 announcement about ending petrol, diesel and hybrid production – ranging from how the transition is likely to take place, volumes of vehicles entering the market, changes in taxation, growth of charging and dealer infrastructure, and new vehicles entering the market.

Finally, a general overview of current new and used car and van market trends will be provided by Chris Plumb, senior valuations editor of cap hpi, who will also take a look at how these areas are likely to develop over the next few months.

Sam Watkins, chair of the VRA, which represents organisations that process 1.5m used cars and vans every year, said: “The old Chinese proverb about ‘May you live in interesting times’ seems to sum up the motor industry at the moment. There is so much change taking place against an economic backdrop that remains uncertain – despite a strong start to the year.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.