Weekend Bits N Bobs

Newsworthy items this week

Our next webinar will take place on Monday 23 November at 7pm.  We are pleased to say that we will be joined from DVSA by Mike Warner, Senior External Affairs Manager and John Sheridan, Driver Training Policy Manager.  This is bound to be a popular event so do register early here​.  As usual it will also be shown on Facebook Live and will be recorded for anyone who can’t make it.  Please let us have questions in advance by emailing Andrew@luv2drv.co.uk.

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Latest government guidelines are here.

And just a reminder that the latest information from DVSA stated:

Following clarification from the Government these restrictions will last up to and including Wednesday 2 December 2020.

This means all driver, rider and theory tests will restart on Thursday 3 December.

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The Northern Ireland government also had problems with deciding when their lockdown ended.  You can read a couple of articles on their issues – https://www.rt.com/uk/506516-northern-ireland-wrong-lockdown-end-date/

https://extra.ie/2020/11/12/news/irish-news/northern-irish-government-wrong-end-date-lockdown

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The Energy Savings Trust are offering FREE training course’s to any ADI/fleet trainer. If you are a fleet trainer you can claim a small subsidy from EST for delivering this training within your on road sessions.  The courses have had excellent reviews from previous participants.

Forthcoming courses will be held in –

8th Dec – Stoke
10th Dec – Swindon
11th Dec – Basingstoke
14th Dec – Sheffield
15th Dec – Peterborough
16th Dec – Luton

These are one-day courses, running from 9.30am to approximately 5pm. The courses involves a webinar in the morning and the opportunity to drive EVs in the afternoon.

If you are interested please email bruce@driver-ed.co.uk.

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Excluded UK have had a good week, with lots of media coverage about the plight of people who have been unable to get financial help.

It’s been all systems BLAZING this week behind the cameras and in front of the cameras! We’ve pulled off some AMAZING TV, Press and radio coverage.

To name just a few: we’ve been on GMB (TWICE!!) with Piers and Susannah now championing our cause; Kier Starmer confronted Boris at the despatch box (following a challenge laid down on LBC by one of our members); Naga on BBC Breakfast continues to take up our plight and ITN News featured some our members. We also had a tear jerking, ground-breaking press briefing with the Northern powerhouses of Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve  Rotherham, who have promised to get behind our cause and fight with us for justice! Check out even more press in Aron’s facebook update here

So, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. We can’t do this without you. We are MAKING WAVES in the media and it’s all down to you, our members, you guys that are coming forward with your stories and the amazing volunteer media team that works tirelessly behind the scenes. KEEP YOUR STORIES COMING! Please upload your case study here. We haven’t finished yet by a long mile!

Excluded UK also have a series of webinars running, and there’s lots of interesting information on their website.  You can also sign up to their newsletters, well worth doing if you haven’t already.

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NASP have produced a handy walkthrough presentation detailing the main changes to the Standard Operating Procedures for ADI and PDI assessments, during COVID-19.

Working with DVSA NASP have also produced a video demonstrating what the changes may look like in practice.

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Our Talk Line is still available for anybody feeling the need for someone to talk to as we continue in these troubling times.  This is a completely free and confidential service so please get in touch if you need to talk.

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You can make a donation to the Big Learner Relay 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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