The UK's lawmakers have lost touch with the motoring industry, a new survey claims.
The report's author says the poll proves the "terrible confusion" that exists among MPs about car workers.
Over half of the 99 cross-party parliamentarians questioned by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) think the sector is dirty, badly rewarded and lacking in skills.
Steve Nash, IMI CEO, says that MPs are happy to continue the unfair stereotype of car workers in a grim-laden "back street" profession. He says such terribly confused attitudes do nothing to educate people about the high skill levels needed to work in the industry.
This is especially so, he adds, as 35 million drivers rely on such workers in the event of mechanical breakdown .
On a lighter note, the same survey asks MPs about their colleagues' aptitude for the motor trade.
Ed Balls, Dennis Skinner, Mike Penning, Eric Pickles are all singled out for being particularly suited to the job with their work ethic and practicality.
But Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, is described by a Labour MP as "reminding him of a motor salesman".
Copyright Press Association 2014