Charles Morgan, MD, Morgan Motor Company

Posted on 4 Feb 2013 by The Manufacturer

Charles Morgan, Managing Director at Morgan Motor Company discusses the EU and the difficulties of regulation imposed on exporters in the UK.

Before the formation of the European Economic Community each country in Europe had its own vehicle certification process. It was necessary to submit a car for approval and test in each market. This was very expensive and time consuming for manufacturers. In the EU it is possible to do one set of tests which permits the registration of a car for passenger use in any European country.

A modern production car is a highly sophisticated machine and it would be impossible for any one country to develop every technology required to make it. Different countries have developed areas of expertise and economies of scale. As a result the parts that go into a typical passenger car are now made in many different European countries. It is therefore essential that cross border trading is easy for the simple shipment of parts.

Over 70% of Morgan sports cars are exported. Our largest single market is the EU outside of the UK. For the same reasons, it is essential that exports to countries in the EU are made as easy as possible.