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Proposals to dispense with B+E text for trailer towing

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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Mandatary use of new UKCA marking delayed to January 2023

Mandatary use of new UKCA marking delayed to January 2023

Government has announced that businesses will have an additional year in which to transition from the EU’s CE product safety marking to the new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking for products placed on the UK market – read more here. All goods which previously required the CE marking will not need to use the UKCA marking until 1 January 2023....

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Scotland to move beyond level 0 on 9 August

Scotland to move beyond level 0 on 9 August

Yesterday (3 Aug 2021) Scotland’s First Minister confirmed that Scotland is to ‘move beyond level 0’, although ‘some protective measures will stay in place’. The legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be removed on 9 August when all venues across Scotland are able to re-open. Some protective measures will stay in...

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Northern Ireland to relax restrictions from 26 July

Northern Ireland to relax restrictions from 26 July

Restrictions currently remain in place across Northern Ireland. The Executive has agreed several relaxations to restrictions, including: From 26 July (tbc): Up to 10 people from no more than 3 households allowed to meet in a private dwelling and stay overnight 15 people allowed to meet in a private garden End of household bubbles Legal requirement for...

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Companies House guidance updated

Companies House guidance updated

Companies House has updated its guidance to businesses. You can use a same day service to electronically file a change of company name, or incorporate a company (software filing only) but you must apply before 11am for changes to be made the that day. However, all other same day services have been suspended until further...

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Dates for lockdown relaxations in Northern Ireland

Dates for lockdown relaxations in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a package of relaxations to the current COVID health regulations, allowing non-essential retail to reopen on 30 April. 23 April Close contact services, hairdressers and beauty salons, reopen Outdoors visitor attractions reopen Outdoor competitive sport will be allowed with numbers not exceeding 100; no spectators allowed. 30 April All...

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Local Authority powers during the roadmap

Local Authority powers during the roadmap

The Government has updated the Guidance on the powers that local authorities have in England to enforce restrictions during the different steps of the roadmap. Local Authorities have three main powers: Coronavirus Improvement Notice (CIN) A Coronavirus Improvement Notice can be issued by a local authority when a business is failing to fulfil a provision...

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New Countryside Code as lockdown eases

New Countryside Code as lockdown eases

A new, refreshed Countryside Code has been launched by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the founding booklet. With more people enjoying the outdoors than ever before, the code has been revised to help people enjoy countryside in a safe and respectful way. This update –...

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