Richard Edy, NTDA director, said such a move was 'divisive and retrograde step' which would cause confusion within and outside the industry. But Edy is confident Kwik-Fit's involvement will enable the NTDA to wield considerable power. He said: 'The association is now in an extremely powerful position to vigorously represent and promote the views of the independent retailer to all relevant audiences, including decision-makers and legislators in Whitehall and Brussels.'
Bridgman this week made his intentions clear. He said: 'Following the latest moves within the NTDA I would like to confirm that Montinex will withdraw from that association. The formation of a separate trade association still remains a clear option. I still believe independent tyre dealers need to establish a potent voice in the industry if they are to survive in an increasingly competitive market.'