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.
INCREASED SPEED LIMIT FOR HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES OVER 7.5 TONNES:DUAL CARRIAGEWAYS; AN NFDA RESPONSE
The Department for Transport invited views on a proposed maximum speed limit increase for heavy goods vehicles, over 7.5 tonnes, when travelling on dual carriageway roads. In the proposal, the speed limit would increase from the current 50 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour.
The consultation was published in July 2014 and the NFDA responded in full support of the limit increase.
The NFDA stated the following in the response executive summary:
The NFDA fully endorse the proposal to increase the speed limit for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes on dual carriageways to 60mph. It is undisputable that the majority of commercial vehicle drivers exceed the current limit of 50mph. As governors are set at 56mph, this enables drivers to reach a higher speed than the 50mph limit, allowing commercial drivers to bring their vehicles speed to a similar level as other road users. This creates a level of consistency to the flow of traffic and, in fact, creates a safer driving environment as a result. The NFDA therefore believes that this is the next logical step within the series of reform the DfT are currently undertaking.
NFDA RESPONSE TO THE HMRC EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND EXPENSES CONSULTATION
NFDA response to the HMRC Employee Benefits and Expenses Consultation: Real time collection of tax on benefits in kind and expenses through voluntary payrolling.
In his 2014 Budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that, in response to the recommendations of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), the government would launch a package of 4 related consultations on employee benefits in kind and expenses, alongside a longer term review of the tax treatment of travel and subsistence expenses, and a call for evidence on modern remuneration practices.
The government launched these 4 consultations and the call for evidence on 18 June 2014.
These measures are focused on reducing the administrative burdens relating to benefits in kind and expenses for employers, individuals and HMRC.
The NFDA responded to the above consultation and is in full support of a voluntary payrolling framework. In the response, the NFDA placed great emphasis that the framework would undoubtedly need to be voluntary and that once a businesses commits to this framework, this should be sustained unless in the case of exceptional or unforeseen circumstances or significant changes occur to a businesses, granting the voluntary scheme impractical or unmanageable.
NFDA RESPONSE TO HMRC VAT RELIEF ON SUBSTANTIALLY AND PERMANENTLY ADAPTED MOTOR VEHICLES FOR DISABLED WHEELCHAIR USERS
This consultation required views on proposals to reform the VAT relief within European law; specifically, reform of the VAT zero rate relief on motor vehicles that have been substantially and permanently adapted for use by a disabled wheelchair user.
Within the NFDA's response, praise was given to HMRC for engaging in consultation and reform in this VAT relief area and stated our availability for further cooperation, if so required, at a later date. The NFDA is in agreement that there is a need to reform the relief for substantially and permanently adapted motor vehicles for disabled wheelchair users, stating in the response, that many franchised dealers have found the exemption (in its current form) complex and difficult to use, having huge concern about their ability to comply with the rules.
STANDARDISED PACKAGING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS: PRA RESPONSE
In August 2014, the PRA submitted a response to the Department for Health. This was the last in a series of consultations designed to look at the impact and value of introducing standardised packaging for tobacco products.
The PRA stressed the difficult consequences of such a policy on businesses, namely retailers and provided an analytical and evidential document in response to the consultation. In the response document, the PRA stressed that despite the lengthy period at which this policy has been discussed, we feel that the potential benefits remain highly uncertain, and costs to business and the exchequer have not been fully assessed. Much of the real-world evidence from Australia has also not been included within the Impact Assessment.
THEFT OFFENCES GUIDELINE CONSULTATION: PRA RESPONSE
The sentencing Council published a consultation on the draft guideline on theft offences; this was open from 3 April 2014 to 26 June 2014.
The Council sought views on:
the principal factors that make any of the offences included within the draft guideline more of less serious;
the additional factors that should influence the sentence;
the approach taken to structuring the draft guidelines;
the types and lengths of sentences that should be passed for theft offences and;
anything else that should be considered.
The PRA delivered a concentrated response focusing answers to questions featured under section three of the paper; theft from a shop or stall, section six; making off without payment and section eight; going equipped for theft or burglary.