The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has released guidance for members on how they can appeal business rate relief from their local council.
Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive, explained: “We have spoken with many garages throughout the escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic, and access to this rate relief makes a difference to the length of time their business can survive with reduced or no income, despite being designated by the Government as an essential service.
“Although most garage premises are classed as industrial rather than retail, all member businesses are open to the public and offer services such as MOT testing and vehicle repairs, and goods including replacement parts. It is vital that garages remain open to ensure that key workers have safe and reliable vehicles, therefore they should have the same benefits as any other retail outlets.
“The IGA believes that independent garages should be included within the definition of retail premises. We are working hard to obtain further clarification from the government, and in the meantime encourage members to cancel their direct debits and challenge their local authority.”