Congratulations to our colleagues over at DIPOD on their 11th birthday! Well done to you all for your monthly broadcasts about all things of interest to ADIs. You can access their latest edition here.
Many thanks to member Rob Cooling for drawing our attention to a change in the regulations around claiming expenses against vehicles. In the past it was possible to claim what they termed ‘simplified expenses’ using a flat rate mileage instead of the actual buying and running costs of your car. This is no longer the case for dual controlled vehicles and you should be claiming capital allowances.
Rob went further and wrote to HMRC who confirmed that this is the case, as a dual controlled car does not fall within the meaning of car in Section 94 Schedule 5 Finance Act 2013. The gov.uk reference is here.
However, a few of us have read the legislation and consider that there is no mention of duals or of commercial use and are taking this up with HMRC.
Our colleagues in Northern Ireland are now unable to continue teaching due to legislation which came in last night. Tests have been cancelled and may resume on 13 November, but no lessons can take place. Our thoughts are with the ADIs there. You can read about the restrictions here.
Members in High Wycombe are understandably angry and concerned at being notified that their test centre will close in March. Please support their campaign to prevent its closure by signing their petition.
FirstCar have developed an app to help learners pass their practical driving test. We all know of the pressures put on candidates to pass their test, even more so currently with the knowledge that a failure will mean a long waiting list. So any help we can give them is bound to be appreciated.
James Evans, FirstCar’s Founder and brains behind Driving Test Wiz commented, ‘When we realised that hundreds of thousands of learners were consistently failing their driving test each year for the same common reasons, we set to work to develop this app. As we are a trusted brand with our learner audience it was a natural step for us to develop this to help learners avoid making those common mistakes and to help take the stress out of test day. Learning to drive is a serious business and not to be rushed and this app is not a shortcut to passing. We firmly believe that for a modest £4.99 Driving Test Wiz will be a worthwhile investment for all learners who use it.’
The app is available to download now, and more details can be found at firstcar.co.uk/wiz, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and a short video explains more too.
Our friends at Intelligent Instructor have a series of Masterclasses that may be of interest to you. You will I’m sure have heard of many of the names – our own Lynne Barrie, Lou Walsh, Kev Field, to name but a few. The Masterclass training sessions will take place by Zoom so are totally Covid compliant! Places are limited so please book early – the cost for each one is £35.
Full details can be found here.
It will become illegal for anyone to pick up and use their mobile phone while driving, under new legislation to be enacted next year.
The change will end a loophole that can allow drivers to escape punishment for using a hand-held phone to take a photo or play a game.
Mobiles will still be able to be used to pay for a drive-through takeaway.
Ministers have rejected calls to also ban the use of hands-free function. Full details here.
We’ve heard that Instant Pass have gone into liquidation. They specialised in intensive courses. We do hope that they don’t owe too many people lots of money. Please be careful to check when you take on work through a third party, as this company’s website is still running.
Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 5 December by Zoom. Member groups and individual members are invited to attend and should email the Secretary.
During lockdown we promoted the NJC talk line, for anyone needing a sympathetic ear. A number of the folk we had at the end of the phone line are trained counsellors, some have worked with Samaritans. They were able to provide a valuable service that was much appreciated by those who accessed it. If you are in need of some support please feel free to contact us and we will put you in touch with someone who listen to you.
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
The ADINJC is a national association run by ADIs on a not-for-profit basis. We work tirelessly to inform, represent and support our members, and to promote the interests of our profession.