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Potential DVLA strike action

Unions at DVLA are threatening a pre-Christmas strike which will hold “millions of drivers to ransom”. The Government agency is working through a backlog of a reported 50,000 vocational driving licences, stretching back more than two months.

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HSE spot checks continue

The Health and Safety Executive have announced that they are continuing to undertake spot-checks of businesses to make sure they are working safely with regard to coronavirus. The spot check programme provides expert advice during the calls and visits, advising businesses on how to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors. They are also...

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Farewell to furlough

The furlough scheme closed yesterday (Thursday 30 September), amid media reports of uncertainty ahead for people who have not yet returned to work. Nearly one million workers were expected to be on the scheme at the end of September, according to estimates by the Office for National Statistics. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic,...

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Wales announces vaccine passports

The Welsh First Minister has announced that people will have to show an NHS COVID Pass to enter nightclubs and attend events in Wales from next month (October). The measure is being introduced to help control the spread of coronavirus – cases are currently high in Wales, but the alert level will remain at zero...

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A resume of the latest COVID restrictions around the UK

Below is a brief resume of the rules restrictions that are currently (as at 20 September 2021) in place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, together with links to the relevant guidance. England England has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap: Social distancing measures lifted No limits on the number of people who...

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Government’s Autumn and Winter Plan published

The Autumn and Winter Plan relating to how Government will deal with Coronavirus has been published. The key components of the plan include: Building defences through pharmaceutical interventions: vaccines, antivirals and disease modifying therapeutics. This includes maximising vaccine uptake among those who are eligible and not taken up the offer yet, offering booster doses to...

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Car drivers to be allowed to tow heavier tourers

Government has announced that all car drivers will be able to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg without the need for an additional test (B+E) regardless of when they took their test.  This will take effect when the law is changed – the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) confirms this will be ‘as...

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Proposals to dispense with B+E text for trailer towing

In response to a backlog of driving tests created by the pandemic, and in line with the package of support measures intended to help address the HGV driver shortage announced by the Secretary of State in July 2021,  the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is now seeking views on a number of proposals including: to allow...

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Fewer people now required to isolate

People in England and Northern Ireland who have had two COVID vaccines will no longer have to isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. Instead of having to quarantine for 10 days, they are now advised to take a PCR test, but this is not compulsory.  The...

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Record number of motorhomes and campervans sold

Holidaymakers find freedom to explore the UK UK motorhome industry rises to challenge of unprecedented demand Increase of 8.25% from pre-COVID days Value of new vehicles sold approaches £1.15bn p.a. Record numbers of motorhomes and campervans have been sold in the past year, as the growth in UK holidays continues. A total of 16,608 new...