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We will be using this page to keep our customers & all those in the PCO industry updated with the latest developments as and when they are announced by the Govt, please check here for regular updates and bookmark the page for easy access.

Govt announces further easing of lockdown restrictions – 10th July

Further announcements were made this week as the Government continues to ease restrictions, a summary can be found below

  • Outdoor water parks and swimming venues are now open to the public
  • Outdoor performances such as live music, opera and dance.
  • Outdoor sports such as cricket will now be allowed

For further information please visit here.

Further easing of lockdown – 26th June

The Government has announced from the 4th of July onwards the following easing of lockdown restrictions will allow, pubs, bars and restaurants to open.

Additional businesses such as museums, cinemas and hotels will also start to gradually open up to the public.

Further easing of rules will allow households to meet in groups upto two households, in both public or private, indoor or outdoor locations. The 2 meter rule has also been relaxed to 1 meter provided precautions have been taken, such as wearing a face mask etc..

For a full breakdown please check here

This comes as great news as the economy slowly starts to open up and socially we become more active.

As always please remain vigilant, adhere to social distancing rules and keep safe!

 

Government further easing lockdown from June 15th – 10th June 2020

Following the latest Government announcement, all non-essential shops will now open from June 15th onwards. This is on condition that such shops are able to adhere to the guidelines issued on social distancing, please note the following will still be closed and are due to open in July.

  • Pubs
  • Clubs
  • Hairdressers
  • Restaurants

With the Government slowly starting to ease restrictions we are seeing many busier streets and an increase in demand for ride-hailing services as people start to get back to work.

Please see our latest response to the ease of restrictions during this period here.

TFL Updates to COVID-19 response:

TFL have recently provided updated guidance to fall in line with the easing of lockdown restrictions from June 15th;

  • Drivers SHOULD wear a face covering at all times.
  • Face covering can consist of a simple cloth which covers the face and mouth, alternatively a disposable or reusable face mask can be used.
  • If a passenger is not wearing a face mask or covering, drivers can refuse to carry out the journey.
  • More information on the latest guidance from TFL can be found here

Congestion charge increase – 15th May 2020

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced today that there will be an increase in the congestion charge and ULEZ from June 22nd this year. This is in response to the government’s bailout of £1.6 billion which was given to TfL a day earlier.

For the moment the congestion charge will still be £11.50 a day from the 18th of March and the timings will remain at 7 am – 6 pm. From the 22nd of June, these will change to £15 a day and the timings will be from 7 am – 10 pm 7 days a week.

TFL extends PHV licenses for 6 months

Recent updates from TFL have come into force with immediate effect:

  • Taxi or PHV vehicle licences which have expired or are due to expire between 23 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 (inclusive) will remain licensed for a period of six months pending the full resumption of vehicle inspections and a decision by TfL on the grant of a new licence
  • The six-month period will be applied from the date the vehicle licence is due to expire. For example, if a vehicle licence is due to expire on 15 April 2020, it will remain licensed until 15 October 2020

MOT Exemptions for vehicle owners

The UK Government has recently announced that as of March 30th 2020 vehicles will be exempt from MOT testing for a period of 6 months. Please note that vehicles are still required to be in road worthy condition and travel must only essentially travel must be carried out, further information can be found at the following link

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-owners-to-be-granted-mot-exemption-in-battle-against-coronavirus

Government announces Emergency funding support

Following on from the impact Coronavirus has had on many people throughout the UK the Government has announced an emergency funding package designed to help those people who are self-employed and have lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak.

There are a few requirements which need to be met to ensure you are eligible for help:

  • Have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
  • traded in the tax year 2019-20
  • are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
  • intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
  • have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19

For further information and eligibility criteria please visit the following link

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Congestion Charge & ULEZ suspended 

Following on from the Government’s decision to have cafe’s, pubs and restaurants closed until further notice, TFL has now also taken steps to temporarily suspend congestion charge and ULEZ schemes. The suspension has been put in place to allow critical workers, such as the NHS, to get around more easily, with what one hopes is less traffic on the road. This is also to help supply chain companies with deliveries to supermarkets.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has said the following:

“‘This is not an invitation to take to your cars. To save lives we need the roads clear for ambulances, doctors, nurses and other critical workers. This is an unprecedented time and I know Londoners are doing everything they can to look after each other. I continue to urge all Londoners to follow the advice of public health authorities and not leave their homes unless it is absolutely essential”

Paul Copwerthaite who is the TFL’s GM of road user charging also made the following statement:

“What we are seeing through this crisis is that London’s critical workforce is wider than just the core emergency services. Emergency services workers are absolutely fundamental to our response, but supermarket workers, utilities engineers, refuse collectors, and many more, also need to be able to travel to keep the city functioning. This is why we have temporarily suspended road user charging in the capital”

Hirebrids’ Reduced Fees – 18th March 2020

Hirebrid has always championed being part of a larger community and ensuring that all of our customers are looked after, with this in mind we are making the following changes to help support you.

With effect from March 27th to April 4th, all fees will be reduced to £150, this extends to both our Rent to Buy & Rental schemes. For our Rent to Buy customers please note that the difference will be adjusted towards the end of the scheme.

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