18 May 2020

Motor sales open, with care

The Irish car sales business is generally back open today, though with significant restrictions, writes Brian Byrne.

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has SIMI has issued guidelines to its members which includes a significant level of investment in hand disinfectant, PPE equipment, signage, training, acrylic glass, specialist vehicle sanitising equipment as well as other procedures.

Brian Cooke Director General SIMI says the early reopening is a reflection of the professionalism of the industry and commitment to health and safety of motor retailers. "The size of dealerships relative to footfall lends itself to social distancing," he notes, "while sanitisation and other measures being put in place for both premises and vehicles should give customers reassurance."

Mr Cooke notes that the industry has already played an important role during the lockdown in supporting emergency and essential services, and the increased opening will allow members to contribute to their local economies in terms of business activity and supporting employment.