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MEDIA RELEASE 3 September 2021

MTA Calls for Greater Sector Engagement on Covid Planning

The Motor Trade Association (MTA) is calling on the Government to establish sector feedback groups it can engage with as part of its Covid-19 response planning.

“We think this a huge opportunity for the Government” MTA’s Advocacy and Strategy Manager Greig Epps said today.

“Inevitably, organisations working in a sector, such as MTA, are much closer to what’s happening. We’re talking with our member businesses around the country every day.

“This means we can provide a rapid and informed response to Government and officials to ensure policy decisions are meaningful, effective, pragmatic and clearly communicated.”

Mr Epps cited the confusion around whether Covid tests were mandatory for workers regularly crossing alert levels boundaries as the latest example of where a transport sector feedback group could help.

“There’s an awful lot of confusion about whether this is a requirement or just an idea that’s been floated. Trying to get to the bottom of this takes time and can cause a lot of stress for businesses that may have staff affected,” he said.

“A feedback group made up of MTA and other key organisations in the sector could act as a sounding board, pointing out the benefits but also the challenges for implementation and the impacts on businesses.”

Mr Epps said the feedback groups could also be used when New Zealand gets back to Alert Level 1 to look at lessons learned.

“They could work with officials to determine what standing policies and protocols might be established to smoothly transition between nationwide and regionalised alert levels in the future,” he said.

“Clear guidance that is known and understood before the next lockdown would be best. It helps businesses avoid chasing answers every time we lock down.”

Note: The Motor Trade Association (MTA) is the largest automotive body in New Zealand. Founded in Feilding in 1917, the MTA today represents over 3,800 automotive businesses across New Zealand


Greig Epps, Advocacy & Strategy Manager, M: 027 846 9768