The UK’s car industry is in the midst of a shake-up after the government’s National Insurance scheme was overhauled and its reforms were challenged by an industry-led campaign.
The new car seat scheme, the National Car Rental Scheme, has come under fire by the public, but experts say it could be a game-changer in terms of car safety.
The scheme will be implemented from January, allowing people to buy car seats online in the UK.
The scheme is one of several initiatives aimed at improving car safety and reducing accidents, but the campaign against it was backed by a group of car manufacturers and the manufacturers of some safety features in the cars.
The car seat campaign is based on the principle that people should have the option of buying car seats from manufacturers that offer them, rather than being required to pay for them from the government.
“It’s very simple to say that you want to buy an item, but it is a lot more complex to actually get it to a car dealership,” said David Laidlaw, chief executive of the Automotive Manufacturers Association.
He said it was also clear that there was a significant amount of industry support for the initiative.
In recent months, the government has taken a series of actions to overhaul the National Insurance system and put it on a stronger footing, including introducing the National Living Wage and introducing the scheme for buying new cars.
Laidlaw added that manufacturers would be happy to have the scheme implemented in the future, but that they were concerned about its effectiveness.
A number of manufacturers are currently lobbying against the scheme.
Richard Harris, who represents UK car manufacturers, told the BBC’s Radio 4’s Today programme that manufacturers have been making the case against it.
Harris said that the government had failed to deliver on the promise to increase the number of people in work, which the manufacturers hoped to deliver with the scheme, but said that he was concerned that it was not being fully implemented.
“The car industry and the car manufacturers are saying that it will increase the demand for the product but that it won’t deliver the promised benefits,” he said.
“This is not just an argument for the car industry but for all the car companies.”
Laying the groundwork for the scheme “The way the scheme works is that it allows manufacturers to advertise for a certain number of cars in the scheme and then manufacturers are able to make a decision on whether or not to sell that car to a customer who would otherwise have to pay to have that car delivered to their premises.”
A recent survey published by the British Medical Association found that more than half of respondents thought the scheme was a “silly idea” and more than a quarter thought it would be a “huge drain on the NHS”.
A study published in the British Journal of Health Economics found that the scheme would not reduce accidents or deaths.
However, the manufacturers are still campaigning for the change.
Speaking to the BBC, Caroline McNeill, chair of the National Association of Manufacturers’ car industry body, said that a number of its members were concerned that the programme would result in an increase in “costs to customers”.
She said that many of the manufacturers would not want to put their money into buying new car seats as they had previously been able to do so from a government subsidy.
“But I think it will be a significant reduction in the number and the number will be quite significant,” she said.
Car seat manufacturers are lobbying against it Car seats for children are not covered by the scheme as they are not under the age of 18.
But Car Seat for Adults, which represents car manufacturers in the industry, is concerned about the impact of the scheme on the UK’s health and safety record.
Its chief executive, Mike Molloy, told BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “I think there is a sense of panic in the market that it is going to be the biggest driver for the NHS and car accidents.”
Molloy added that car seats for adults are a more expensive proposition than those for children. “
I’m not suggesting that the Government has got it in their grasp but I think they have to get on with it.”
Molloy added that car seats for adults are a more expensive proposition than those for children.
Read more: UK car insurance companies lose millions of pounds In April, the Department for Transport said that while the scheme will help people buy car safety equipment, it is “not expected to reduce the number who purchase the equipment” in the next five years.