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.
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.
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.