BVRLA guide to support rental and leasing sector’s safe return to work
The BVRLA has published an operating guide to support those working in the vehicle rental and leasing sectors with the return to work.
Published as businesses in England start to resume operations following this week’s announcement by the Prime Minister, the 20-page guide provides sector-specific advice tailored for BVRLA members and others operating in the industry.
Although vehicle rental operators have been exempt from business closure due to their critical role in providing vehicles to key workers during the crisis, this week has seen businesses operating in leasing, fleet management and many of the trade body’s associate member organisations take the first step in their return to work.
BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “We must all work together to step up to this unprecedented and unforeseen challenge and I have every confidence that our industry, as always, will be innovative and resilient.
“During the past eight weeks we have focused on supporting members by keeping them informed of the financial support and endless stream of guidance and advice being issued from government. We have also been liaising daily with policymakers to ensure that the vehicle rental and leasing sectors needs have been considered when fiscal measures and guidance have been developed.
“This health crisis is not going to disappear any time soon and we must now look ahead at how we can support businesses in this new, post-pandemic environment. Ensuring that they can operate safely is key and this new guide will support that.”
Earlier this week, the BVRLA welcomed the news that the Government’s Job Retention Scheme had been extended the end of October as the trade body highlighted how a phased return could aid employers having to make tough decisions to keep their businesses viable.
Commenting at the time, Keaney said: “We are delighted to see the Chancellor take heed of our recommendation to introduce flexibility to the furlough scheme. By enabling businesses to bring back furloughed staff on a part-time basis, employers will have the option to implement a phased return to work as companies look to kickstart their operations in a post-pandemic environment.”