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UK auto industry calls for dedicated restart package to save jobs and pave the way for recovery

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The harsh reality of the Covid crisis for the UK’s £18.6 billion automotive sector is laid bare today by a new member survey from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealing that up to one in six jobs are at risk of redundancy. With a third of automotive workers still furloughed, the end of the government’s job...

The BVRLA published its Covid-19 Recovery Plan giving the UK Government a set of five clear priorities that can deliver more sustainable transport for a stronger economy

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The vehicle rental, leasing and fleet sector can work with policymakers to deliver a swift rebound in the economy and a faster trajectory towards transport decarbonisation. This is the key message of the BVRLA’s new Covid-19 Recovery Plan, published today. As well as setting out the industry’s sustainable transport credentials, the report urges policymakers to work with BVRLA members in supporting...

Job Retention Scheme, closing this month for new entrants

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The CJRS will close to new entrants from 30 June 2020. From 30 June onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full three-week period prior to 30 June. This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10...

How the traffic commissioners have helped industry during the pandemic

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Released by: Office of The Traffic Commissioner The traffic commissioners have worked with industry to implement a range of measures to meet the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. They’ve done this by working more flexibly through the use of modern technology and by altering their approach to certain operational issues. Here are some of the measures they’ve introduced...

Safer transport guidance for operators

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Released by: Department for Transport. This guide will help organisations, agencies and others (such as self-employed transport providers) understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport. It outlines measures to assess and address the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the transport sector across England. Each...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October

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Released by: HM Treasury furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 new flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost economy In a boost to millions of jobs and businesses, Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months...

Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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Released by: Department for Transport New guidance published 12 May 2020, provides advice on how passengers should make journeys safely, following the publication of the government’s roadmap and strategy for the next phase of the pandemic. It urges people to consider cycling, walking or driving to help ensure there is enough capacity for those who need to travel...