So we are now in Phase 3 as announced yesterday, and the Government is reconsidering the 2 metre rule on social distancing…  but the driver training industry still holds its breath.

These are letters from DVSA that are going out to customers with Part 2, Part 3 and Standards Checks booked:

The link for Monday’s webinar is here.  As always, questions in advance are appreciated – by email to andrew@luv2drv.co.uk.  This gives us the chance to consider and research answers.

And for Wednesday’s training webinar here.

Our Scottish members can register for the next Scottish webinar on 26 June at 11am.  It would be appreciated if only people living in Scotland attend this webinar.

And talking of Scotland, Lynne had a response to her letter to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon

Dear Lynne Barrie

Thank you for your email and letter of 22 May regarding driving instructors to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Firstly, let me apologise for the delay in response, this was due to the case being allocated incorrectly by colleagues.

We recognise this is a very testing time for business in Scotland and we are grateful to the many companies who continue to act responsibly. The guidance published by Scottish Ministers makes clear that the single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. 

Business organisations and Trade Unions agree that reopening of our economy has to be done safely and at the right time for both public health and economic reasons The safe restart must be built around three pillars of safe working:
•           Successful measures to suppress the virus, including the ability to test, trace and isolate further cases effectively.
•           The right structure for workplace regulation.
•           Guidance that promotes Fair and Safe workplaces and sectors

We will continue to work with employers, trades unions, regulators and others to take a more collective approach to safely restarting the economy.

The following link sets out further information about the challenges Scotland faces and provides illustrative examples of the steps that might form part of initial changes to the current lockdown restrictions, when it is safe to do so. This will also give you information on the route map published on 21 May, and will give you an indication of the order in which we will carefully and gradually seek to change current restrictions. It provides practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-further-information/

In your letter, you request greater clarity of which phase of the route map driver training activity can resume. Policy is being developed in relation to this, with the intention of providing clearer guidance for Driving Instructors as to specifically which Phase will be relevant for their activities. We recognise your sector will require greater clarity than currently offered and aim to update this in the route map when guidance is developed. Currently, it is permissible however for driving instructors to train key workers, for example, Nurses and Social Workers. Further information on the definition of key workers in Scotland is available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-guide-schools-early-learning-closures/pages/key-workers/

We fully appreciate the impact the current situation will be having on the business of your members. The situation around business support is dynamic and the Scottish Government continues to listen to the needs of businesses across Scotland. Details of the support for businesses is available on a dedicated website, which is frequently updated with the latest position. We would encourage you and your Scottish members to review this regularly and to consider what may be available: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/

Further advice is available on hygiene and physical distancing is available here, although we acknowledge aspects of this will be more challenging within a vehicle. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-1-business-and-physical-distancing-guidance/pages/be-responsible/

I hope you find the information in here useful.

 

Jamie ‘Scorch’ Gerathy has been investigating a plastic screen divider.  Whilst we have reservations about such screens others might like to have a look at the video that Jamie has made on it.

 

 

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The NJC continues to be dedicated to help you in these challenging times and we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.  Please feel free to contact us for help and support.

 

ADINJC’s helpline is 0800 8202 444

The Secretary’s number is 07855 453414

HMRC Helpline:  0800 0159 559

Citizens Advice Bureau – https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

You can sign up to receive Government updates on Coronavirus relating to driving tests here.

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