DVSA Consultation on Driving Test

DVSA Consultation on Driving Test

On 14th July 2016, the DVSA launched a consultation on changes to the driving test. This consultation will allow members of the public to put forward their ideas on testing if new drivers are ready for the modern driving environment.

The changes are to:

  • increase the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes
  • ask candidates to follow directions from a sat-nav during the ‘independent driving’ part
  • replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios, e.g. driving into and reversing out of a parking bay
  • ask one of the vehicle safety questions (known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions) while the candidate is driving

If the idea of the consultation is to reduce road fatalities, it would probably be a good idea to introduce more elements that focus on awareness of vans and lorries, particularly the space they need to turn.

If you have an opinion and would like to share it with DVSA, the deadline is Thursday 25th August 2016.

You can find more information on the DVSA website, or go directly to the consultation page.

Heavy Duty Blankets

These heavy duty and very durable blankets are now available at a reduced price.

You can order online or call 01752 657101 for more information.

  • 72” x 80” Moving Blankets
  • Quantity: 12 PCs
  • Spun Bond Non-Woven Cloth
  • Unit Weight: 36 lbs (approx.)



Van Girls Manager Position Available


As Van Girls continues to expand, they are looking for a Move Manager to become part of their team.

“We are looking for someone who will make this role their own and grow with the company, whilst getting the nitty gritty done well.  It is an opportunity to join us at an exciting and pivotal time in the business’ development, a chance to help establish new systems and foster blossoming customer relationships.”

If you think you have what it takes, contact Emma at [email protected]


AIM Document Revisions

Revisions to AIM Members’ default Terms & Conditions, Membership Rules and renewal policy are in progress and will be distributed to all members on completion. These revisions will be implemented as a result of member feedback and input from the Steering Group.

Among the revisions are those proposed by the Steering Group in response to this year’s CHAPS changes and in response to feedback regarding Member to Member transactions.

There will also be changes to our policy on Membership Renewals.


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COVID 19 Statement

The partial lock-down in the UK has led to many movers wondering if they are required to temporarily shut down their business.

Before you make a decision, please consider the following.

The lock-down is aimed primarily at non-essential retail and leisure in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

Transport and freight are considered essential.

See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-freight-transport/covid-19-advice-for-the-freight-transport-industry

If you choose to continue working, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Follow the guidelines issued by the Government and instruct your staff to do likewise.


For domestic removals, clean all door handles and handrails, etc at both premises with an appropriate sanitiser.
Frequently clean all equipment (including vehicle cab interiors) with soap and water or a sanitiser.
Only send the minimum number of staff required (usually 2) to complete the job.
Request from the customer that they ask family and friends to stay away during the move.
Ask the customer to keep their distance during the move.
Don’t do home-visit surveys. Conduct surveys over the phone or by video call.

AIM believes that you should avoid all unnecessary work, but carry out essential work if possible.

AIM can’t and won’t tell you whether you should close your business. That is your decision.