Consultation Papers

Below is a full list of recent consultations that the RMI have submitted responses to. Alternatively, you can click on the links below to search for consultation responses relevant to a specific policy area, or search by date using the navigation to the right of the screen.

PRA RESPONSE TO: INTERCHANGE FEE REGULATION: A CONSULTATION

This consultation invites views on the government’s proposed steps to meet the UK’s obligation to put in place an adequate and efficient regulatory regime to supervise compliance with the ‘Interchange Fee Regulation’ (IFR). It also seeks views on exercising the national discretions the IFR affords to member states; namely the way in which member states apply and set caps to interchange fee rates, and, based on an assessment of market shares, the application of a time-limited exemption period of up to 3 years to three-party card systems that use issuers or acquirers.

RMI RESPONSE TO: SMALL BUSINESS COMMISSIONER

This discussion paper sets out the government's current understanding of the problems that face small businesses and details a possible solution. The aim of the consultation document is to provide details and receive feedback in regards to establishing a Small Business Commissioner that would be able to aid small businesses in their relationship with larger firms. 

The main functions of the Small Business Commissioner will be:

  • providing information, general advice and signposting
  • offering mediation to resolve disputes
  • dealing with complaints

The RMI surveyed a number of its members across each association, receiving 115 responses. These responses and the anecdotal evidence provided have been anonymised and then used and reflected in the RMI's consultation response.

Overall, the RMI is in support of the Small Business Commissioner, however, a number of points of caution have been listed within the response.

RMI RESPONSE TO: PROTECTING THE TERM APPRENTICESHIP

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published the Protecting the term apprenticeship: Preventing misuse of the term 'apprenticeship' and 'apprentice' in relation to unauthorised training - consultation document. 

The consultation looks at legally protecting the terms 'apprentice' and 'apprenticeship'. The Government proposes that an offence is created that will prohibit a person using either term in relation to any course or training in England unless it is in relation to a Government funded apprenticeship. Breach of this measure would result in a penalty and prosecution in the Magistrates' Court. 

The RMI is in support of the proposal but has warned that Government funded apprenticeships must be open to expansion, to cover those apperenticeships currently offered by private training providers. 

NMDA RESPONSE TO: MODERNISING COMPULSORY BASIC TRAINING COURSES FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

The Department for Transport (DfT) and the Drive and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) requested views on changes to compulsory basic training (CBT) courses for motorcyclists and the qualification arrangements for instructors.

Compulsory basic training (CBT) for learner motorcyclists has remained largely unchanged since its introduction 25 years ago. The DfT and DVSA have set out to review the delivery of CBT courses for motorcyclists to help ensure that learner riders are better prepared to ride safely on today’s roads.

The NMDA has responded in support of reforming and modernising the CBT. 

NFDA RESPONSE TO TFL ULTRA LOW EMISSIONS ZONE CONSULTATION

The Mayor of London is proposing to create an ultra low emission zone where almost all the vehicles running during working hours are either zero or low emission. A public consultation on the ULEZ took place between 27 October 2014 and 9 January 2015. This includes proposals to introduce a vehicle emissions charging scheme in central London, alongside proposals for buses and revised taxi and Private Hire Vehicle licensing requirements. 

The NFDA has placed great emphasis on the need for any standards to be consistent with technological developments.

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