Wednesday, December 6, 2023


“We are pleased to launch a new series of ‘hands-on’ guides to provide motorcycle dealers with user-friendly, easy to digest, guidance aimed at supporting our members with the day-to-day operational issues facing their businesses”, Paddy O’Connell, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA), which represents motorcycle dealers in the UK.

After analysing daily legal enquiry reports, NMDA has launched a new series of operational guides covering some of the key areas which have been of particular concern to members. The objective is to understand some of the issues members are facing and to produce straightforward guides, offering fundamental information about the legal requirements in the motorcycle industry.

The first guide focuses on ‘Distance Selling’, an issue which is currently of particular relevance as motorcycle dealerships must remain shut during the lockdown. Over the coming months, NMDA members will have access to a series of ‘Hands-On Guides’ covering key areas such as General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) as well as HR issues.

The guides are broken down into the following sections:

  • What the issue is
  • What businesses need to do
  • What happens if businesses do not follow the guidance
  • Summary and conclusions
  • Helpful terms
  • Links to additional guidance available online

The NMDA understands that not all motorcycle dealers may have the time or the trained staff to follow the extensive legal updates in the sector, as a result, we are breaking down the information available, offering the most significant parts to our members in a simple, user-friendly format.

Whilst the guides are designed for the easy access of dealers, NMDA offers additional, detailed guidance and case studies through a dedicated member area on the website as well as regular, member bulletins.

Paddy O’Connell added, “We want to remind NMDA members of their access to our free legal helpline, as well as a number of industry experts they can contact whenever they require further assistance or information. We continue to encourage our members to get in touch with us directly with any queries they may have”.

If dealers have any questions regarding distance selling or would like to suggest further topics for these operational guides, please contact our dedicated member helpline on 01788 538303.


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