Vehicle sellers ask the next Government to prioritize a plan of crushing

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Unai Mezcua

A little more than a month after the general elections, the National Association of Sellers of Motor Vehicles, Repair and Spare Parts, Ganvam, calls on the next Executive to prioritize a plan of crushing. A necessary measure, in the opinion of its president, Raúl Palacios, to end the "most imminent" problem in the sector: the high age of the car park, which at 12.3 years old, is the oldest of the major European countries.

"That can only be solved, in the short term, by exchanging old vehicles for others that comply with Euro6 regulations, no matter if they are unregistered or used," Palacios said in a meeting with journalists, in which Ganvam presented a package of proposals such as "electoral program". A stimulus that must be ahead of the aid for the acquisition of an electric car, although both may be complementary. «We want the electric car to be supported, but on the premise that it is still limited. Right now it makes no sense to make large investments in its introduction when there are large barriers to entry, ”explains Palacios, who sets an example to follow the incentive plan of the Basque Government, with aid for the acquisition of all types of new vehicles.

To encourage electrification, the association is committed to a structural plan with fiscal measures that facilitate companies to electrify their fleets. "Then, its renovation generates a pre-owned vehicle park that reaches the citizen at a lower price but with confidence," said Ana Sánchez, general director of Ganvam.

To strengthen this confidence in the second-hand market, which according to the association will become even more important in the coming years in the face of the decline in the sale of a new car, the association is committed to what it calls the "Ganvam quality seal", backed by The DGT, which ensures the traceability of any vehicle and certifies its mileage and proper maintenance throughout all stages of its useful life.

Granvam also demanded the creation of a Secretary of State for the Automotive Industry that establishes a stable framework for the industry and serves as an intermediary between the different actors in the sector. It would be, as Palacios defined, «a secretariat with an eminently technical profile, independent, with its own budget, which was able to ensure the sale and after-sales, which was not attached to any political color and could define the framework of the automotive in Spain from here to the goal of decarbonization of 2050 ».

This Secretariat would also serve as an intermediation tool to avoid "unfavorable" situations between manufacturers and the commercial network in a context of the emergence of online sales and the introduction of new mobility models. A possible point of friction would be the request by the distributors to be able to access the generated data of the vehicle through an "open and secure" platform. "Otherwise the entire after-sales of the vehicle is in the hands of a single actor, the manufacturer, who could handle the situation at will," says Palacios.

Likewise, the association insists on historical measures such as transferring the tax pressure from purchase to use, through the disappearance of the registration tax and the reformulation of the circulation tax so that it is based on emissions; as well as a reduced VAT on maintenance and repair operations; and a support plan for the digitalization of SMEs. .

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