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.
ADMINISTRATION OF BUSINESS RATES IN ENGLAND: PRA SUBMISSION
In April 2014, the government launched a discussion paper on the administration of the business rates system in England.
The PRA voiced concerns in regards to the different calculation methods used for calculating the rates for petrol forecourt station convenience stores and standalone convenience stores. The current system has created a noticeably competitive advantage for standalone convenience stores which are calculates on an area basis, compared to forecourt petrol stores which are rated on turnover; this has created a disjoint in the taxaction system of directly comparable outlets. In an ever challenging and changing market, the need for convenience stores are paramount to the success of petrol retailers and the PRA will continue to lobby for a sync in the calculation methods.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION FOR CONSUMERS
The National Conciliation Service ('NCS') has responded to the above BIS consultation paper and the submission is supported by the RMI associations. The consultation is seeking views on the proposals for applying the requirements of the European Directive on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) (2013/11/EU) and the Regulation on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) (524/2013) into UK law.
The new requirements aim to give European consumers greater access to redress, outside of court, should something go wrong with their bought goods or services. The consultation will also look to reform consumer ADR beyond the remit of the Directive.
CONSULTATION ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF VEHICLE TYRE LABELLING REGULATIONS
The Department for Transport has consulted on new regulations that will enforce directly applicable European Union (EU) obligations, to encourage consumers to purchase tyres that will reduce the environmental impact of motoring through reduced fuel consumption and noise.
The RMI has responded to the consultation and has spoken with other significant trade bodies to ensure a united response has been adopted.
New requirements for consumer labelling of tyres came into effect by means of EU regulation from November 2012.
FCA’S GENERAL INSURANCE ADD-ONS MARKET STUDY: PROVISIONAL FINDINGS AND PROPOSED REMEDIES MS14/1
The FCA conducted a study into general insurance add-ons in 2013, publishing their findings in March (2014). Interested parties were then invited to comment on the report. The NFDA has responded to the market study, assessing the findings and voicing concerns over the FCA's analysis of their main piece of data from the report; the cancellation of GAP policies.
Click here to download the NFDA's response.
CONSULTATION ON FEES SET UNDER THE LICENSING ACT 2003
This consultation looks at Government plans to localise fees under the Licensing Act 2003. This would allow Licensing Authorities to set their own fees for a range of applications such as new premises licences, personal licences, variations and renewals. The PRA has responded on behalf of members vocalising their concern.