Cutting Red Tape.
We have all of course heard of the red tape revue whereby government investigates and identifies regulatory "barriers" to growth, productivity and innovation.
The BVSF have just received the attached Policy Paper for your perusal,
Should you not wish to read the entire document then I would particularly draw your attention to pages 14, (Fuel from waste), 18, (ELV) and from 20 onwards.
DVLA Sleep Apnoea
Changes to the minimum medical standards for those drivers who have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) or obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) will come into force in GB on 31 December 2015. This change applies to all EU member states.
The attached provides details of the changes to licensing rules for drivers with these conditions, and where to get further information.
New DVLA minimum requirements for sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
There has been a European change to the minimum medical standards for those drivers who have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) or obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) these changes came into force in GB on 31 December 2015. If you have OSA you do not need to notify the DVLA. However If you have OSAS, you must inform the DVLA at the point of diagnosis or recognition of symptoms. This can be done by letter, phone or email and you must stop driving completely until your condition has been successfully treated. Treatment is widely effective but medical enquiries will be undertaken by the DVLA.
• Cars and motorcycles (Group 1 entitlement) - Driving must stop if there is obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome and symptoms including excessive sleepiness severe enough to likely impair safe driving. Driving will be permitted once satisfactory control of the symptoms has been achieved.
• Lorries and buses (Group 2 entitlement) – as above; but drivers must also comply with the treatment specified and confirmed to the DVLA by your consultant/specialist.
The differences between the two conditions are:
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a condition that affects breathing while you are sleeping, due to partial or total closure of the airway behind the tongue. This condition, Disrupts your normal breathing pattern, Causes your body to briefly wake up to restore normal breathing, which in turn prevents a good nights , is nearly always accompanied by loud snoring.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS) is a more severe form of OSA where there is evidence of both a disruption of normal breathing patterns during sleep, and symptoms such as excessive sleepiness. The pauses in breathing can happen hundreds of times whilst sleeping, which most of the time you won’t be aware of. This means you’re getting less of the restorative kind of sleep required to enable you with the levels of energy and concentration needed to drive safely. If you suspect you may have OSAS please seek medical advice.
More detailed information about the medical rules for driving and sleep apnoea and how to notify DVLA can be found at: www.gov.uk/obstructive-sleep-apnoea-and-driving. Further information about sleep apnoea and driving is also available from www.sleep-apnoea-trust.org/driving-and-sleep-apnoea.htm. For more information on treatment for OSA and OSAS visit http://www.realsleep.co.uk/rsuk/osauk/treatmentoptions.html
DVLA Online AFRL and COD/NOD services
For password resets, help and support contact:
- DVLA Online Helpdesk Tel:
0300 123 0793
- Help desk hours:
- Monday to Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm
- Saturday 8:00am to 2.00pm
AFRL arrangements over the Christmas and New Year period.
Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) for manufacturers, dealers and importers of new vehicles
This service provides Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) for manufacturers, dealers and importers of new vehicles.
- Dedicated AFRL team please call 0300 123 1345 (option 1)
- Available Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Certificate of Destruction (CoD) / Notification of Destruction (NoD)
This service provides a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) / Notification of Destruction (NoD) facility for the salvage industry.
Are you aware of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013? From 1 October 2013, scrap metal dealers in England and Wales, including motor salvage operators, need to hold a licence issued by their local council. The Act also introduced a ban on cash payment for scrap metal which includes end of life vehicles.
Further information can be found here:
- Dedicated CoD/Nod team please call 0300 123 1345 (option 2)
- Available Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
DVLA will respond to requests for information within 2 working days. You will need to be a registered user to have access to these services. If you have any other business or technical queries about these services please contact one of the numbers listed above.
CARS Expo 2016
Auto recycling steps up a gear at CARS 2016
The Complete Auto Recycling and Secondary Materials (CARS) trade show, Europe’s premier event for auto recyclers and material processors, comes to Donington Race Track in 2016.
Auto recyclers, materials processors, transport companies and professionals working in the recycling and waste management sector, are among over 2,000 key players set to attend the CARS trade event on 13-14 July 2016.
Taking place at Donington Park Circuit, Derby, the Complete Auto Recycling and Secondary Materials (CARS) trade show is Europe’s premier event for auto recyclers and material processors. Free to attend, it is the only event of its kind, asked for by the industry, and covering all aspects of the sector.
Exciting features include the indoor exhibition showcasing the latest machinery and services, live outdoor demos, circuit racing, a Skills Lab with practical advice from expert trainers, and access to the Conference Theatre to share best practice with a line-up of influential speakers.
Steve Eminton, editor with show organiser, Environment Media Group, said: “Tailored for all those involved in the process of turning vehicles back into products or materials – including auto dismantlers, transport companies, trade associations, materials processors, and salvage yard operators – CARS has it covered!
The CARS show provides an excellent opportunity for all those working in the auto sector to find out what products and services are available to make their business more successful. Co-located with the Metals Recycling Event, it’s the ideal platform to network and boost the efficiency and performance of the auto recycling sector.”
Held biennially, the CARS show is always a huge success, furthering attendees’ knowledge and creating new opportunities. In 2014, the event attracted over 75 exhibitors and more than 1200 attendees from across 25 countries including India, Japan, Germany, Australia and the USA.
A key feature of CARS 2016 is the outdoor demonstration area, featuring practical applications of products and machinery in their intended environment. Products on show will include machines involved in CAT recycling, engine cracking, wiring loom granulation, wheel ripping and car baling. Visitors will find the latest technology designed to make operations easier and more efficient.
Visitors are invited to attend the packed itinerary of sessions covering hot topics such as:
- Increasing Profits by Engaging and Selling Online
- The Impact of Market Forces
- The Direction of the Second Hand Parts Market
- The Future of Material Technology
- The Salvage Code of Practice.
Meet likeminded peers, improve techniques, increase your knowledge of best practices and gather ideas to inspire you to improve your programmes. Sessions will cover:
· Dealing with Airbags
· LPG Recovery from End of Life Vehicles
· Hybrid Batteries: Safety Checklist
· Depolluting Air Conditioning Units.
Donington Park Testing Day
Visitors who hold an MSA competition licence are invited to bring their car and race around Donington’s world famous circuit on 13 July. Those signing up for this spectacular experience also receive VIP parking at the CARS trade show.
On the night of 13 July, a Gala Dinner provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere to meet friends and colleagues, make some new contacts and perhaps open doors to new possibilities. Tickets for the dinner cost £75.
Government requested emergency meeting relevant to the steel industry granted
Sajid Javid has had his request for an emergency meeting with European ministers granted to discuss pressures faced by the steel industry.
Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, has had his request for an emergency meeting with senior European ministers granted to discuss the pressures faced by the steel industry. After taking his concerns directly to Brussels, agreement has been reached that an emergency council will be held.
Following talks with Luxembourg, which holds the European Union (EU) presidency, it has been agreed that this will take place within the next 10 working days.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said:
I have been lobbying member states and met European commissioners to drive up the importance of this issue. I have called for an urgent EU Council meeting on steel, and I am pleased the Luxembourg presidency has agreed that this will take place within the next 10 working days. I am determined this council leads to swift action, not just a talking shop.
This agreement came as the Business Secretary was meeting with a number of EU commissioners to drive home the current situation for the industry. The agreement was reached between the Business Secretary and Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg. Details and timings will be confirmed when the Presidency formally announces the meeting in the coming days.
Mr Javid met Industry and Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Trade Commissioner Cecelia Malström.
The Secretary of State also raised steel within the wider context of the EU Commission’s work on the single market and industry with Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.
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