This week’s newsworthy items

Access to waiting rooms continues to be top of our list with DVSA, who tell us that their current position has not yet changed, they continue to have detailed legal conversations with HSE.  They say they are aware winter is coming, and are considering possible options, particularly for sites with no local public amenities.  This is an item that we are getting constant enquiries about, and we will of course keep you informed of any developments.

If you are having local issues then your best course of action is normally to speak to the LDTM in the first instance so that they can look into the situation.  This can of course be done through your local group if you are concerned about making an approach yourself.

You may be interested to know that DVSA tell us that customer service is a key part of the initial DE training and ongoing development.  DVSA last year ran a mandatory ‘Building respect’ training package, and this year followed up with three bitesize workshops concluding in each DTC creating their own team charter.  DVSA is keen to encourage collaborative relationships at local, as well as national, level.

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Businesses and organisations are being encouraged to display official NHS QR code posters.  You may wish to consider having your own QR poster and get your students to register in at the beginning of their lessons.  If anybody later tests positive for Coronavirus other people who have been in the area (or your car) will be sent an alert.  We have asked DVSA if this is likely to be introduced at test centres, but are still awaiting a response.  If you are interested in the scheme you can get full details and download your own QR code here.

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Sadly the new Test & Trace support payment looks like it won’t be available for most ADIs.  To qualify you must:

  • have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they’ve tested positive or are the close contact of a positive case
  • are employed or self-employed
  • are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
  • are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit

Unless you can answer yes to all of these criteria you can’t claim, so once again the self-employed are at a disadvantage and we will be lobbying where we can.

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Under tighter regulations in Scotland, government guidelines strongly recommended that ADIs wear face coverings on lessons.  Full details available here.

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There are changes to the Bounce Back loan scheme which may help some.  On Thursday 24 September, the Chancellor announced more flexibility for repaying bounce back loans under the ‘Pay As You Grow’ Scheme – meaning new and existing borrowers can choose to extend the term of their loan to cut monthly repayments. Businesses can also take payment holidays or have periods where they make interest-only payments.  The date for close of applications is now the end of November, and the loan can now last for up to 10 years.  The first year is interest free, the rest will be subject to 2.5% interest.  You can get full details from Money Saving Expert.

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Member group Young Driver are looking for ADIs in Scotland, Peterborough and Norwich areas to work at weekends with pre licence students.  If you’re interested please contact Lisa Standbridge on 07827 870026, or email lisa@youngdriver.com.

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NASP produced a video Powerpoint presentation on the new rules for Standards Checks and Part 3 tests.  You can view this here.  And you can read notes on the new format here.

The year the Big Learner Relay stayed at home

Like most other events this year, the Big Learner Relay has had to reconsider its position and sadly will be staying at  home.  However, in a year when charities are really feeling the pinch, it’s not a time to do nothing.  The shop is already open, with items for sale – including for one year only (hopefully!) a special mask with the unique BLR L logo, and a gold hoodie.  And fund raising events are planned.  ADIs are already buying their spots and getting into the swing and spirit of the Relay.

If you don’t want to put spots on your car, perhaps you could support someone locally who is and sponsor a spot!  Or buy some ears or key rings.

Or you can make a donation by clicking here.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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