New Year resolutions to give us hope for the future
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The first week of 2021 gives us much to look forward to as we say goodbye to the worst year for the planet that we can remember.
Firstly, vaccinations against the coronavirus pandemic are rolling out and we are assured all will all be completed by August.
This will hopefully mean family life, work and leisure will return in some measure by the end of this year.
Secondly, we will commence a new relationship with our European colleagues with a positive trade agreement for both parties and ensuring no major disruption in our work, supplies of products, services and freedom of visits to one another’s countries.
Of course, there are many details to be ironed out and there will be additional costs of administration and the movement of products, but sense finally prevailed, albeit at the 11th hour.
The motor industry in particular is extremely relieved and should mean that both British manufacturers and their European counterparts will not be subject to tariffs.
There may be some price rises but they should be minimal and production can return to normal levels over the next few months.
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Another piece of news which will affect the motor industry is the realisation that more efforts need to be made to clean up the air, particularly in our cities, and this will mean changes to parking, city centre dwellings with no parking on or off road, less parking spaces in centres and penalties for combustion engines in cars and vans.
The retail world will continue to sell more goods online but expect more out of town development as shopping with a car is driven from city centres.
There will be a steady influx of electric vehicles, particularly hybrids, all with increased ranges and shorter charging times and councils, businesses and retail centres, as well as petrol stations, will provide more charging points to encourage the change over the next few years.
However, there is one major obstacle to overcome. The number of cases of the coronavirus continues to rise to record levels.
It may be that by the time you read this the Prime Minister has already announced, either changes to the tiers or another longer and more restrictive lockdown.
Although some rural areas have less of a problem they will also be restricted and there may be a small window if you are wishing to visit a relative or make a purchase where you need to visit a shop.
Cars will continue to be sold online on a click-and-collect basis, unless there is a change to the rules, but if you are considering a change to your car in the first quarter my advice is the sooner the better.
Please follow the rules, and unless you are exempt, wear your mask and respect the social distancing rules.
Vospers will continue to provide a safe environment for our employees and customers until it is safe to do otherwise and we have beaten the pandemic.
Stay safe and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2021.
Please join me next week.