‘Dealers are key point of contact for customers, they carry a big responsibility for raising awareness about checking carbon emission - Om Birla
NEW DELHI, Jan 14 (The CONNECT) – The government will soon come out with Auto Dealer Protection Bill, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has said.
Stating that automobile dealers are an integral component of the automotive ecosystem and act as the industry’s public face, Birla said a Model Dealer Agreement would also be introduced in Parliament “and I am optimistic that we will have a fruitful discussion”.
He was addressing the 12th edition of the Auto Summit 2023, the biennial flagship convention of the Federation of Automotive Dealers Association (FADA), yesterday. The summit was themed FIT & FUTURE READY and it provided an overview of the Indian Retail Automobile Industry. Senior government officials as well as stalwarts of the Indian automobile industry and industry think tanks attended the event..
Birla pointed out that the Centre has been working tirelessly to cut carbon emissions and create a greener India. The automobile industry must play a key role in this inspiring endeavour. Dealers are key point of contact for customers, and they carry a big responsibility for raising awareness about this mission, he said.
He praised FADA for launching a road safety and green future campaign, noting that initiatives like “Buckle Up India” and “One sapling for every car sold” are noteworthy and will have a significant impact on the government’s efforts to promote safety and environmentally friendly mobility for generations. India has the potential to be a major exporter of cutting-edge technology and future fuel. India has made tremendous progress in developing new automotive technologies, future fuels, and as a production base for quality products for the Indian and global markets.
He urged dealers to educate customers about welfare schemes offered by the Central and state governments, as well as insurance coverage. Automobile manufacturers, dealers and customers must contribute to making the country a greener and safer environment for the future.
Manish Raj Singhania, President, FADA, said: “Our dealer network is a key component of the automotive ecosystem, providing over 4.5 million jobs and a large ongoing investment in addition to being a key contributor to revenue generation for states and the Central governments. The automotive sector has been on a roller-coaster ride in recent years, but it has weathered the storm. The past few months have clearly shown signs of revival, with increased commitment and trust among customers and the members of the automotive industry. We are optimistic that this momentum will continue.
The Summit has addressed the important concerns, challenges and opportunities not only for the dealer community but for the entire automobile industry.