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Industry joins forces for plate change lobby

LEADING trade associations representing vehicle manufacturers, dealers and the leasing industry have joined forces to lobby the next Government on the August registration plate changes.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Retail Motor Industry Federation and the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association have published a joint reply to the Department of Transport's consultation paper on the issue published last December. The consultation period has now ended. The three organisations all support an age-based identifier which would change on a six-monthly basis in March and September - commencing next March.

Labour shadow ministers have been kept informed of the industry's views and shadow Transport Secretary Andrew Smith has said that a future Labour Government would act on the outcome of the consultation process. Meanwhile, the Association of Car Fleet Operators has prepared a separate submission outlining its members' views on the issue. ACFO is advocating a yearly plate change, but with the timing switched to either January or April to coincide with the calendar or financial years respectively.

A DoT spokesman said the new Government would be briefed on the submissions once in office and would be responsible for deciding whether further action should be taken on the issue.

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