Legislative updates top the agenda at VRA September meeting

Updates on a series of new legislative issues affecting the used vehicle market will top the agenda at the September member meeting of the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA).

Taking place on Thursday 14th September, the key briefing will come from Louise Wallis, automotive retail specialist and director of Auto Strategies. She will present the latest developments in Block Exemption, the government’s review of MOT test intervals, and the impact of the new Flexible Working Act.

Jon Butler, VRA legal counsel and partner at motor industry legal specialist Geldards, at whose Derby premises the event is taking place, will then look at the Consumer Credit Act review, new legislation covering digital markets, and the current High Court class action involving three major motor finance companies.

An update on the current state of the used car market will follow from Andy Webb, head of sales at vehicle valuations experts Brego.

Finally, there will be a discussion panel looking at trends in motor auctions, examining subjects including the expectations for 2024 and physical versus online sales. It will feature Michael Tomalin, chief executive officer, City Auction Group and PurpleRock; Gordon Cockle, head of sales at Aston Barclay; and Anthony Baker, area general manager at Manheim.

VRA chair Philip Nothard said: “This is the final VRA member meeting before our big annual VRA seminar at Warwick University in November, and we are very pleased to have been able to deliver such an impressive line-up of speakers.

“In terms of legislation, there is quite a lot going on at the moment that is of relevance to our members, while it is always fascinating to hold a panel discussion involving the auction sector, simply because they are so close to the heartbeat of the used vehicle market. It promises to be a very worthwhile session.”

As with other recent VRA member meetings, attendance is available online as well as in-person. Details about attending VRA events can be obtained by emailing info@thevra.co.uk.

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