Latest COVID C-19 MVT Updates

MVT Response to COVID-19: Road Map out of lockdown, March 2021. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the past 12 months a very difficult time for many. We would like to thank members for their continued support and the way in which they have adhered to our COVID guidance, even though it has meant the suspension of almost all activities during the past year. 

Over the next four months, England will see COVID-19 lockdown restrictions start to lift. The Government’s four-step roadmap will offer a route back to a more normal life and it will be possible for MVT activities to gradually resume. We look forward to our hobby being able to re-start and to welcoming members to events and meetings once more. For a variety of reasons, some members will feel more comfortable returning to normal activities at a slower pace. Organisers of MVT meetings and events will be sensitive to these feelings and make every effort to remain inclusive for all members.

As a charity and a responsible public organisation, we have a duty of care to continue to ensure our members abide by Government advice and we keep the safety of our members and the public paramount. Our own four step road map sets out how the easing of government restrictions relate to MVT activities:

Step 1.  No earlier than March 29th 2021 - The "stay at home' order ends.

This means small groups of either "6 people or 2 households" (the Rule of 6) can meet outdoors. The key fact here is 6 people, not couples from 6 households or 6 vehicles with more than one person on board. No indoor activity is allowed.

 

Step 2. No earlier than April 12th 2021

the changes to lockdown measures (i.e., non-essential retail opens, a household can visit pubs outdoors or stay in self-contained accommodation etc) will not affect MVT activities.

 

Step 3. No earlier than May 17th 2021- larger gatherings up to 30 people permitted.

Most legal restrictions on meeting other people outdoors will be lifted, the "Rule of 6” will still apply. This means that meetings of up to 30 people will be allowed outdoors. As indoor meetings and overnight stays will still be subject to the “Rule of 6”, overnight or indoor events will not be permitted. Gatherings of over 30 people remain illegal. 

 

Step 4. No earlier than June 21st 2021

The Government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact so there will be no maximum limit on outdoor or indoor meetings. This means all events and meetings should be able to resume as normal. It might be though, that some members can’t or don’t want to mix in a larger group but would be happy to take part virtually, so meetings may be a ‘hybrid’ with some attending via the internet.

As lockdown eases, we must all remember that COVID-19 will remain a part of our lives and do everything we can to keep ourselves and others safe. We must continue with Hands / Face / Space for as long as they remain in place, and respect others who wish to continue following these rules.

The above roadmap is dependent on factors such as infection rates, vaccine roll out and any effect that new variant strains may have, and as a result may be subject to alteration. Please stay informed about any changes to National or local amendments.  Members in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and oversees members should follow their own governments' timescales when restarting activities. If any local lockdowns are put in place to respond to isolated outbreaks, like the Isle of Man, they will override this roadmap and that guidance must be followed. 

We know our vehicles are highly conspicuous, wherever they go, so let’s remain vigilant, follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct and behave in a thoughtful and responsible way as we return to being able to enjoy our hobby. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

 

 

Latest MVT Covid19 Lockdown Policy, February 4th 2021

 

As a charity and a responsible public organisation, we have a duty to continue to ensure our members abide by Government advice and we keep the safety of our members and the public paramount.  Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, the core guidance has not changed the MVT‘s existing policy regarding the organisation of Area Meetings and public events; they continue to be suspended until further notice as does Vehicle Verification.

 

As the roll out of the vaccines gathers pace and more and more people receive their injections does not mean we can lower our guard, far from it. It is essential we continue to follow the Government and the four Nations guidelines during the lockdown and the tier restrictions.

 

We know our vehicles create a stir where ever they go, so let’s be vigilant and follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct and behave in a thoughtful and responsible way. To take your MV out just for the sake of it is not classed as an essential journey, but if you use choose to use your MV to go for your weekly shop to give it a run that is within the guidelines.

 

The Council of Management ask all members ‘Stay home, save the NHS and save lives’, not just for yourself but for everyone else.

 

The arrangements for local area lockdown/Tier restrictions and the related Government guidance are being updated regularly.

Please check for the current Government guidance and any local arrangements at all times using the link below.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Latest MVT Covid19 Lockdown Policy as from December 18th 2020

As a charity and a responsible public organisation, we have a duty to ensure our members abide by Government advice and we keep the safety of our members and the public paramount.  Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, the core guidance has not changed the MVT‘s existing policy regarding the organisation of Area Meetings and public events; they continue to be suspended until further notice as does Vehicle Verification.

 

As the four Nations have entered a new round of Tier restrictions it is essential that we all abide by the guidelines, just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. Covid does not recognise Christmas, it will continue to be the unseen enemy over the festive season.

 

We know our vehicles draw immediate attention where ever they go, so let’s be vigilant and follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct and behave in a thoughtful and responsible way. To take your MV out just for the sake of it is not classed as an essential journey, but if you use your MV to go for your weekly shop to give it a run that is within the guidelines.

 

The Council of Management ask all members ‘Stay home, save the NHS and stay safe’, not just for yourself but for everyone else.

 

Let’s make Christmas and the New Year memorable for the right reasons.

 

The arrangements for local area lockdown/Tier restrictions and the related Government guidance are being updated regularly.

Please check for the current Government guidance and any local arrangements at all times using the link below.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Simon Johnson

Chairman MVT

Latest MVT Covid19 Lockdown Policy as from 5th November 2020

 

As a charity and a responsible public organisation, we have a duty to ensure our members abide by Government advice and we keep the safety of our members and the public paramount.  Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, the core guidance has not changed the MVT‘s existing policy regarding the organisation of Area Meetings and public events; they continue to be suspended until further notice as does Vehicle Verification.

 

As England enters its second lockdown with restrictions on essential journeys only and extremely limited contact with those outside your household, it means that all outings or casual meet-ups that may have been organised in the name of the MVT must cease. However, those members in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland must adhere to their regional rules. It is also important that international restrictions are adhered too as well.

 

We know our vehicles draw immediate attention where ever they go, so let’s be vigilant and follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct and behave in a thoughtful and responsible way. To take your MV out just for the sake of it is not classed as an essential journey, but if you use your MV to go for your weekly shop to give it a run that is within the guidelines.

 

The Council of Management ask all members ‘Stay home, save the NHS and stay safe’, not just for yourself but for everyone else.

 

The arrangements for local area lockdown and the related Government guidance are being updated regularly.

Please check for the current Government guidance and any local arrangements at all times using the link below.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

 

Simon Johnson

Chairman MVT

 

Latest MVT Covid19 Lockdown Policy as from September 14th 2020

 

As a charity and responsible public organisation, we have a duty to ensure our members abide by Government advice and we keep the safety of our members and the public paramount.  Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, the core guidance has not changed the MVT‘s existing policy regarding the organisation of Area Meetings and public events; they continue to be suspended until further notice.

 

However, in the light of recent changes to the law, in particular the “Rule of 6”, we request that members also adhere to this guidance and do not meet up and/or attend events in groups, in the name of the MVT. This also applies to organised road runs, as these can be seen as a means of transmitting the virus between areas.

 

As a direct result of these new restrictions, we will continue to suspend the Vehicle Verification service for the safety of our volunteer inspectors.

 

Members are also requested to follow additional local or international restrictions.

 

We all know our vehicles draw immediate attention where ever they go, so let’s be vigilant and follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct and behave in a thoughtful and responsible way.

 

Please stay ‘Stay Alert’, not just for yourself but for everyone else.

 

The arrangements for local area lockdown and the related Government guidance are being updated regularly.

Please check for the current Government guidance and any local arrangements at all times using the link below.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Simon Johnson

MVT Chairman

 

 

Updated MVT Covid19 lockdown policy as from July the 14th 2020.

As a charity we have to abide by Government advice and keep the safety of our members and the public paramount.  Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, the core guidance has not changed the MVT ‘s existing policy regarding the organisation of Area meetings and public events - they continue to be suspended until further notice.

 

However, in the light of some of the changes in the restrictions, members are able to attend outdoor events organised by recognised institutions like Museums, Councils etc., where Risk Assessments have been made and Covid19 Government Guidelines are adhered to. This also applies to road runs and below you will see the MVT’s recommendations to keep the public and you safe.

 

We all know our vehicles are high profile and draw immediate attention where ever they go, so let’s behave responsibly and follow the MVT’s Code of Conduct.

 

‘Stay Alert’.

 

MVT guidelines for those taking part in outdoor events (14/07/2020).

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (a cough, temperature or lack of taste or smell) do not participate in the event.

  2. If you develop symptoms after the event follow government track and trace guidance and notify the organiser.

  3. Follow government guidelines regarding good hygiene including regular hand washing.

  4. Observe the Government recommendation to socially distance keeping 2m apart or if not possible 1m+ alongside mitigating measures such as wearing a face covering and not facing each other.

  5. On a road run, keep stops to a minimum.

  6. Vehicles should be crewed by people from the same household.

  7. Observe any Local Lockdown regulations or National Restrictions that override this guidance.

  8. Members should carry facemasks, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser to be used in an emergency or to comply with guidance at establishments visited.

  9. The organiser must keep a record of the name and contact details for each person participating for use in event of tracking and tracing being required, and those details are to be kept in accordance with the MVT Data Protection Policy.

  10. All participants must be mindful that they are representing the MVT and therefore the MVT’s Code of Conduct must be observed.

 

The arrangements for the easing of the lockdown and the related Government guidance are being updated frequently. Please check for the current Government guidance and any local arrangements at all times.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Simon Johnson

MVT Chairman

 

Updated MVT Covid-19 lockdown policy as from July the 4th 2020.

As a charity we have to abide by Government advice and keep the safety of our members and the public paramount. 

 

Although lockdown restrictions are changing regularly, none so far have altered the MVT ‘s current policy regarding the organisation of official meetings and events - they continue to be suspended until further notice.

 

As tempting as it might be to organise an official run out or meet up with fellow MVT members, no matter how casual or coincidental, this kind of activity is still in breach of the Government guidelines (as an organised event), and therefore the Trust cannot sanction such activities. If you choose to go shopping or commute to work (as long as your vehicle insurance allows it) in your MV then that is not a problem, but no gatherings should be organised, because it is against the current Government Guidelines on numbers and social distancing.

 

We all know our vehicles are high profile and draw immediate attention where ever they go, so let’s behave responsibly and not make their presence felt even more by travelling or gathering in groups. Such un-official activities invalidate any MVT insurance, as such events cannot be condoned by the Trust.

 

We extend our sympathies to members’ families who have lost loved ones during the pandemic. Please abide by the current guidelines and any changes that are made in the coming weeks.

Please Stay Safe.

Simon Johnson

Chairman of the MVT

 

 

Corona virus C-19 Latest update

The MVT’s continued Covid-19 lockdown policy in light of the lifting of some restrictions.

 

Although lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted, none so far have changed the MVT ‘s current policy of lockdown. Meetings and events are suspended until further notice.

 

No matter how tempting it might be to organise a run out or meet up with fellow MV owner, no matter how casual or coincidental, these are still not a permissible event under the Government’s current policy.

 

Although you can now meet up in small groups the deciding factor is that it can only be from two households, which translates to your household and one other, not yours and two other households.

We have said before, and we will say it again, our vehicles are high profile and so draw immediate attention where ever they go. This makes us susceptible to scrutiny and as such we need to be squeaky clean so that anything we do does not bring the MVT into disrepute.

We appreciate the frustration at not being able to do what we would like to, but we cannot break the rules just because someone else has. So please remain at home and only venture out if necessary and as the Government says ‘Stay Alert’ and follow the guidelines.

Simon Johnson Chairman MVT

 

 

 

 

 

25th March 2020

AGM 2020 is Now POSTPONED

Annual General Meeting postponed.

 

Due to the rapid escalation of developments with the spread of the Coronavirus the MVT’s Management Committee have taken the decision to postpone the AGM that was due to be held in Coventry on Sunday the 5th of April.

 

The decision has also been taken to cancel the Safety Awareness Days that were to be held on the 29th of March at Phoenix House, Catterick Garrison, and Armourgeddon near Kettering.

 

Fortunately for us, none of what we do is vital or essential and because of that we feel that it is necessary ask you to temporarily suspend any Area meetings for March and April.

 

We will closely monitor any guidance given by the Government and relevant bodies and react accordingly to meetings and events planned for later in the summer. It will be a very different kind of year for all of us, to the one we had already planned for. The health and safety of us all is paramount, so please follow any advice from the authorities and stay safe.

 

Simon Johnson MVT Chairman

23rd March 2020

MVT Area meetings and Vehicle Verification Coronavirus update.

Following the Government announcement on Monday the 23rd of March 2020, the temporary suspension of all MVT Area meetings will be extended indefinitely. The suspension will last until the crisis has passed and the restrictions imposed are lifted by the Government.

 

As a consequence of these new tougher restrictions the Vehicle Verification service has been revised to protect members and inspectors alike, so no vehicle inspections will take place for the duration of the restrictions. However Richard Adams, who runs Vehicle Verification Service, will continue to help members with their first time registration applications where he can, and for as long the DVLA feels it can continue to accept new applications.

 

The MVT will continue to monitor the situation and Government advice and will advise accordingly.

 

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.

Simon Johnson MVT Chairman

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Address: MVT, PO Box 1405, Northampton, NN1 9EY

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