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.

THE FUTURE OF THE VEHICLE IDENTITY CHECK SCHEME: DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT

The Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) scheme is currently under assessment by the Department of Transport as to whether the scheme is currently fit for purpose. The following proposals have been considered as part of the consultation: retain the scheme in its present format; re-scope the scheme; abolish the scheme. The NAB has responded to the consultation with the primary position that the threat of a VIC test acts as an effective deterrent, actively reducing the level of vehicle ringing crime, and therefore the VIC scheme should be retained. NAB has emphasised the point that there is not another effective system currently in place that could replace or is actively acting as a deterrent to ringing. The NAB has focused its response on the value that would be provided from a vehicle age based test for VIC and the use of pre-accident valuation.

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CONSULTATION ON ENHANCING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE BY CLARIFYING CONSUMER LAW: DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS

The coalition government has embarked on a programme of consumer law reform; for the benefit of consumers, traders and general business practice, creating a Consumer Bill of Rights. The RMI has submitted a detailed response to the proposals. The main objectives of the consultation are; clarification and simplification of existing consumer law, the rights of consumers and the obligations of traders in the supply of goods, services and digital content. The RMI endorses the overall aims of the paper but has vocalised concern with some proposals concentrated heavily on repair and refund and reduction for use policies. The RMI has stressed the importance of neutrality within any developed legislation and the need for flexibility to account for complex and unforeseen circumstances inevitable within business practice.

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION ROADWORTHINESS PACKAGE: EUROPEAN COMMISSION

‘The objective of the ‘Roadworthiness Package’ is to support and to enforce roadworthiness testing of motor vehicles and their trailers with a view to enhance road safety and environmental protection’. This is part of a European package scheme which is aimed at reducing road fatalities. The package of reforms will also look at reducing vehicle emissions and increasing vehicle maintenance. When looking at the Commission’s proposed measures, the RMI has placed great emphasis on recommending that any measures should not create undue financial and practical burdens on the UK’s testing regime. Furthermore, the RMI has voiced particular concerns over the majority of proposals introducing new tests and the requirement of new testing equipment that these would ensure.

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