Coronavirus update 23 March 2020

Good evening

I thought this photograph from Andy at Drive Like a Rock Star gives an interesting perspective and reinforces the message we sent out from NASP this morning.

We are aware that in a couple of areas the ADIs have got together and all of them have given up together and at the same time.  Commendable.

We are also aware on social media that there is some sniping from ADIs who have stopped, and from those that haven’t, and we would implore everyone to allow others to make up their own mind without abusing them for the decision they’ve made.

We’ve further heard from the Hinckley group today that a number of their members have been verbally abused, and one was physically hit.  These are worrying times for everyone and people may behave in extreme ways.  It occurs to me that anyone who is training key workers could find this a problem.  If you are doing so, perhaps carry some cards explaining who and what you are doing.  In any event, please look after yourselves.

In response to last night’s newsflash we received the following from a member, and we know that others have used the same template to let students know of their decision.  It seems like a sensible tool and it’s available for anyone’s use.

Wowee this is a crazy time!
It is with deep regret that i feel compelled for the safety of pupils, myself and our families, to suspend in car tuition, until the end of April. I will then review this weekly alongside government recommendations and keep you updated via texts, emails and face book. Of course it goes without saying that you can contact me on the landline 01584 831502, Mobile 07706 982070, Face book or email, for any advice on your driving, theory test (currently suspended until 20th April) and practical driving test (currently suspended until 21st June). Any further information from the DVSA will be posted on Facebook, and via texts and emails. I can only apologise for the inconvenience caused, but hopefully we will come through the COVID19 pandemic safely. I appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented circumstances and look forward to seeing everyone in May.
STAY SAFE

Those of you on Facebook will have seen the post I’ve circulated widely, but for those who don’t use it, I’m putting it here as an example of how ADIs can support each other through these difficult times.  Together we are stronger.

‘Just heard a great story from the Chairman of the Blackpool group which he said I could share. An ADI from Preston had an enquiry from a student looking for lessons because his instructor has cancelled his lessons because of Coronavirus. The ADI declined the work and told the person enquiring to support their instructor and wait for them to return to work.
What a brilliant thing to do and an example of people supporting each other, which is exactly what we should be doing. Well done that ADI!’

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.

HMRC Helpline:  0800 0159 559
Citizens Advice Bureau – https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

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ADINJC’s helpline is 0800 8202 444

The Secretary’s number is 07855 453414

You can find the latest NASP guidelines on Coronavirus here.

 

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