Antonia Hendron is the new President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) after she was elected to the post at its AGM held today in Killashee Hotel, Naas in Co Kildare.

Ms Hendron is managing director of M50 Truck & Van Centre in Dublin.

Ms Hendron said she was looking forward to her term as President and outlined a number of clear priorities, including helping to position the motor industry as a leader and enabler of the green transition.

"We are a dynamic and innovative industry, and if policy makers and legislators are prepared to work with us, we will help them achieve Ireland's ambitious climate targets," she said.

She said there is an urgent requirement to create a second-hand electric vehicle fleet which can only happen with an overall vibrant new car market.

"In this context, it is imperative that the Government continues the VRT and grant support for Electric Vehicles until 2025, at which time these supports can be reviewed, and invest now in the public charging infrastructure," the new SIMI president said.

"I am determined to ensure that the industry continues to focus on delivering high standards and supporting the training and upskilling of our people," she said.

The new SIMI president also said she wants to co-opt government support for apprenticeships and upskilling of our mechanics.

"The rapid rollout of electric cars means that our people have to be more highly trained than ever before. With a full Cabinet position of Minister for Higher Education for the first time ever, it seems that the government is keen to invest in further training and especially in apprenticeships," she added.