Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

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Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Abbreviation SMMT
Formation 1902
Legal status Not for profit company
Purpose Employer organisation for the UK motor trade
Location
  • 71 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2BN, UK
Region served UK
Membership UK automotive companies and motoring organisations
Chief Executive Mike Hawes,[1] Previously Paul Everitt (who moved to ADS Group in January 2013)
Main organ SMMT Executive (President - Tim Abbott, Managing Director, BMW Group UK)
Affiliations Association des Constructeurs Européens d'Automobiles (ACEA - European Automobile Manufacturers Association)
Website SMMT

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is the trade association for the United Kingdom motor industry. Its role is to "promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad".

History[edit]

SMMT was founded by Frederick Richard Simms on 16 July 1902. In January 1959 it moved to Forbes House, and in August 2011 it moved into its current offices at 71 Great Peter Street, London.

Motor Show[edit]

One of its early functions was holding motor shows, the earliest of which was at Crystal Palace in January 1903 (now known as the British International Motor Show). The Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) was formed in 1945. In 1978, the Motor Show moved to the National Exhibition Centre. In 2006, the Motor Show returned to London at ExCel in 2006.[2]

Vehicle registrations[edit]

In July 1972 it started the Motor Vehicle Registration Information System (MVRIS), which works on behalf of the government to collate data about new registrations of vehicles.

Consumer protection[edit]

The Motor Industry Code of Practice for New Cars was launched in 2004, which provides trading standards for consumers, via automotive traders who are registered with the Motor Codes code of practice. The UK car industry has had a reputation of a minority of garages and repair companies giving consumers a less-than-satisfactory level of performance, with (generally) female consumers being cynically targeted for excessive costs for maintaining their cars. Call-out charges for repairs and roadside breakdowns have been known to be uncompetitively high. The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair was launched in August 2008 to correct any cowboy practices of financial manipulation. More than 4,000 garages across the UK now are registered with this scheme. It was claimed by the National Consumer Council that substandard repair work by UK garages was costing consumers around £4 billion a year.[3]

Activities[edit]

The organisation "promotes the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad" for a sector that produced 1.39 million vehicles - including cars and commercial vehicles - and 2.39 million engines in the UK (2010) and employs a UK workforce of more than 700,000.[4] The organisation advocates and lobbies on behalf of the sector,[5] in particular for vehicle and component manufacturers, and the motor retail sector.

It settles any disputes on cars in the UK that are still under warranty. It monitors combined sales of cars in the UK.[citation needed]

Each year in May, it holds the SMMT Test Day for invited motoring journalists at General Motors' Millbrook Proving Ground at Millbrook, Bedfordshire.

Structure[edit]

Aside from the Secretariat, who run the organisation on a daily basis with around 80 staff in 13 departments, and the Executive, there are many working groups and technical committees for trade sectors, and for research and marketing topics in the car industry. The future of the British automotive industry is facing many technical challenges with strict EU emission legislation, and the introduction of electric and fuel cell vehicles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SMMT: Chief Executive https://www.smmt.co.uk/about-smmt/structure/chief-executive-mike-hawes/ SMMT: Chief Executive. Retrieved 2013-09-16.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "About SMMT : History of SMMT". SMMT. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  3. ^ Motor Codes
  4. ^ "SMMT Facts". SMMT. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  5. ^ Williams, David (2010-03-11). "Budget 2010 boost for car industry?". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2010-03-30. 

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