Firstly, and most importantly, we applaud the NHS in these challenging times of COVID-19. Please also allow us to sincerely acknowledge the efforts of our haulage clients who are proving to the nation what BHJ has known for years – the logistics industry is studded with 1000’s of committed and professional men and women quietly supplying the country.
We recognise from your anxious phone calls that the bus and coach industry is hurting and facing risks and chaos that could not be anticipated just last month.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO ASSIST OPERATORS?
In ordinary times – remember those – we would average 900 phone calls a week. That has substantially increased but as our lawyers are no longer travelling the UK to attend transport courts they are working from home with digital devices. Any operator who needs advice must call us. There is no charge for initial telephone advice.
Your call will be answered by a human voice, during office hours, and the 24-hour service remains in place for BACKup subscribers.
PRODUCT SUPPORT FOR OPERATORS
To further support your businesses, our teams have devised a number of products to assist you through these difficult times. Please click on each individual product for further details:
Backhouse Jones can help to assess your businesses eligibility for a COVID-19 grant made available from the government. You may also be entitled to have your business rates discounted to zero for 2020/21 through the Expanded Retail Discount.
This product analyses an operators data in line with the relaxation of the EU and GB Drivers’ Hours rules. Normal analysis will not be set to the relaxed rules and therefore this service provides peace of mind to ensure that your business is complying with the changes.
This service digs into the drivers’ hours data and unearths information that standard analysis is unlikely to provide you with.
Public Procurement Contracts
Has the coronavirus pandemic caused jeopardy to the payment of your public sector contracts? If the answer is yes, Backhouse Jones can explore the options available for your business.Click here for PCV operators and Click here for HGV operators.
From 6 April 2020, the law regarding employment contracts changed and as a result employers must always issue contracts of employment from day one The content required has also changed. Backhouse Jones are adept at assisting with this and ensuring that your contracts of employment contain the relevant transport specific provisions. For further details on this service, please click here.
Worried you might not have furloughed your employees correctly? In a landscape where the guidance is constantly evolving, we can support you with this to minimise future claims for compensation for a fixed fee. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need advice on your contractual rights in light of COVID-19? Maybe you want to know where you stand with a supplier or maybe your customers are all asking for refunds. We can review the small print for you so you know exactly where you stand.
Our commercial team understand the economic strains placed on the transport sector during this challenging time and have devised a ‘rent concession letter service’. For a fixed Fee of £200 plus VAT, our team will conduct a review of an operators commercial property lease to identify any clauses which the operator might currently be in breach of as a result of complying with any COVID-19 restrictions placed on the business. A subsequent rent concession letter will be produced, confirming the landlord’s agreement to suspend or reduce the rent in addition to detailing other key aspects. Click here for more details.
In light of the recent government advice, many employers are gearing up to welcome back at least some of their workforce. But how do you provide your workers with a safe place? The government requires you to implement a COVID-19 risk assessment whether it be for your offices, your vehicles or workshop. COVID-19 is a notifiable illness under RIDDOR. Find out about our affordable eTraning and advice packages here.
Please dial into our weekly webinars for free advice or ring Backhouse Jones on 01254 828 300 and we will direct you on how to achieve your aims in these difficult times. Details of the webinars and free advice are on our website and social media platforms.