Trade plates can be used for unaccompanied demonstrations to aid social distancing

The DVLA has reviewed it’s trade plate licensing policy in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing customers to test drive trade plated vehicles unaccompanied by a dealership’s employees.

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) approached the DVLA to ask for clarification on the issue.

“As dealerships plan a gradual return following the lockdown, we still anticipate we will be required to operate the 2-metre social distancing between customers and staff. While this can be organised and controlled in showrooms and workshops, it cannot be arranged on test drives.”

The DVLA stipulates that trade plates are property of the Secretary of State and dealerships should take all precautions to ensure they are not stolen.

Our insurers are aware of this change in policy so please contact us if you require unaccompanied demonstration cover.