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PSVAR in coaches: How will changes affect you?

PSVAR in coaches: How will changes affect you?

first_imgThe PSV Accessibility Regulations will expand to capture all coaches that are used on in-scope work from 1 January 2020. There’s a lot more to it than first thought, and many service will fall in scopePossibly overlooked in the debate concerning retrofit of coaches to achieve Euro 6 is the extension of the end of the derogation for some coaches from the PSV Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR).From 1 January 2020, all coaches with more than 22 passenger seats that are used on a scheduled or local where separate fares are charged must satisfy PSVAR. It mandates access for wheelchair users among other requirements.That’s an extension to the existing scenario. Currently, all coaches that were first used on or after 1 January 2005 are subject to PSVAR when on in-scope duties. Those first used on or after 1 January 2001 are also subject to PSVAR, but not including a requirement for wheelchair access.Even now, interpreting exactly how PSVAR applies to coaches is tricky. Several grey areas exist, and there is an exemption for tours.However, operators should consider several things when weighing up whether any of their services are in scope. More may be captured than some think.Not negotiablePSVAR is most relevant to school and college routes. However, a body of opinion suggests that those services may qualify for the specific exemption that describes a tour as “where a PSV is used for or in conjunction with the carriage of passengers to a particular location, or particular locations, and back to their point of departure.” Whether that is the case or not can be decided only in court. It will take a brave operator to make itself the subject of a test case.The other argument is clear, however. An industry source says that there is a strong view – and corresponding political will – to suggest that the intent has always been to include such services.Legislation states that in-scope services are regular, i.e. they observe specified routes and times, with passengers collected and set down at pre-determined points. Clearly, those conditions apply to school and college routes.What PSVAR hinges on is whether separate fares are charged. The Operator Licensing Guide states: “A separate fare is where each passenger makes a separate payment to the driver, conductor or an agent to use the vehicle. They may pay when they get on, or they may buy tickets in advance, have season tickets or use concessionary passes. Payment can also be made by some indirect means, e.g. a concert ticket that includes travel.”Even if one passenger pays a fare, the service is in scope if it satisfies the other requirements. Importantly, it does not need to be registered with the Traffic Commissioner to be subject to PSVAR – but if all passengers are carried free, PSVAR does not apply.Newer coaches on in scope services have long been subjected to PSVARBecause the definition of separate fares includes services where money is paid to an agent, the onus is on the operator to ascertain whether the contracting body will charge separate fares to users. If it does, the service is in scope.“If a service is in scope of PSVAR, there is no argument: It has to be operated with a compliant vehicle – but it will likely take a court to rule on the exact details,” says Confederation of Passenger Transport Coaching Manager Andy Warrender.Is free an option?A possible method of circumventing the legislation is by making services free to the end user.routeone is aware of one council that asked operators to submit two tenders: One where passengers, or some passengers, continue to pay a fare, and one where all travel is completely free.Carrying passengers for free may be the easiest way to deal with PSVAR. It is thought that the number of compliant coaches in the UK is insufficient to cover all in-scope services. Swapping operation to compliant buses is another option.The Operator Licensing Guide introduces uncertainty regarding services that are provided free to the user, but where a charge is made by other means, such as those operated on behalf of fee-paying schools. Its use of the concert ticket that includes travel example demonstrates that.Lack of clarityAs can be seen, much remains unknown about the precise extent of how PSVAR will impact coach operators from January. Also uncertain is what approach DVSA will take to enforcement. Thus far, it has adopted a hands-off strategy.The separate fare aspect is key to judging whether services operated by coaches are in scope of PSVAR. Even if the operator is contracted solely to provide the vehicle, they still need to explore whether separate fares as defined by the Operator Licensing Guide are charged. One positive is that if they are not, the service is unquestionably not in scope.routeone commentPSVAR’s extension to encompass all coaches on in-scope services is a significant change. Although those first used on or after 1 January 2001 have been captured by the Regulations for some time, many school and college services are operated with vehicles that are older.January’s change is almost part of a perfect storm. As local authorities have become increasingly cash strapped, many have removed free travel and introduced a requirement to pay. And separate fares are key.If enforcement is aggressive, it’s unclear what will happen. Do enough compliant coaches exist to operate all in-scope services? Sourcing buses is not an issue, but whether that change would suit parents, schools and operators is questionable. What’s clear is that if the requirement is pursued with no other changes to operation, many rates will need to rise. On that basis alone, it remains to be seen how the change will be handled.last_img read more

Simone Biles Breaks Record for Most World Medals Won By Any Gymnast, With New Move That Now Bears Her Name

Simone Biles Breaks Record for Most World Medals Won By Any Gymnast, With New Move That Now Bears Her Name

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSimone Biles won five gold medals at the 2019 World Championships this weekend—more than any gymnast at a single Worlds since 1958—and earned her 25th career World medal (19 of them gold), a total that surpasses by two any gymnast’s in history.With four Olympic gold medals and 19 World titles, Biles, at 22, is doing more difficult gymnastics now than she did in sweeping five Olympic medals at the 2016 Rio Games when she was 19.While winning her sixth U.S. all-around title in Stuttgart, Germany, she thrilled audiences with two new signature moves never performed by a female gymnast in competition: a double twisting double tuck dismount off the balance beam, and a triple twisting double tuck during her floor exercise, an element that will bear her name in gymnastics, from now on, as the Biles II. Tying and then breaking the record set by Vitaly Scherbo with her 23rd, 24th and 25th World medals, Biles added five of the six women’s World golds, a feat no woman has accomplished since Larisa Latynina in 1958.In 2013, she performed a skill that was named Biles I, a double layout half out tumbling pass, which, to that point, had only been performed by men.“I really don’t know how I do it sometimes,” Biles said. “Sometimes I wonder how I do it. I feel like it’s just like not me. I wish I could have an out-of-body experience to witness it.”RELATED: 34-Year-Old Athlete Just Became the First Human in the World to Finish a Marathon in Under 2 HoursDespite her seemingly super-human skill, Biles is very human, according to her coach, Laurent Landi. “With big champions, it’s all in-between the ears, it’s nothing physical. I know we talk about the physical abilities, but without this,” he said, tapping his head, “she would not be capable of doing what she does.”Considered the greatest gymnast of all time, Simone has said that she will likely retire after 2020.(WATCH the new Biles II and an interview after breaking the record) –Photos by Walt Disney Television (right) and vfutscher (left), CC license on FlickrSHARE the Amazing News on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The women breaking barriers across the property industry

The women breaking barriers across the property industry

first_imgKaela Fenn-Smith, Real Estate BalanceKaela Fenn- Smith, managing director of Real Estate Balance, also emphasises the importance of supporting the progression of more women into senior roles. The organisation’s board is a mix of both men and women and it is working towards better representation of women at higher levels.“When young women come into the industry, they are just not seeing themselves at the leadership level,” says Fenn-Smith. “What really creates change is an inclusive culture. The conversation becomes much deeper when we talk about being a Muslim woman or a gay woman.” Source: Shutterstock/Monkey Business ImagesThat small group has since grown into an organisation with 250 members that holds regular events and provides a network for black women to share their experiences and seek advice.Black Females in Architecture (BFA) is one of a number of organisations for women in the property industry to have emerged in recent years. To mark International Women’s Day, Property Week spoke to female network founders and their members about their experiences. Antonia Belcher, MHBC CummingWhen Antonia Belcher started her own consulting business, her modus operandi was to create a more inclusive company. At her previous employer, she was already a partner when she came out about her transition in 2005. At the time, she was one of seven male partners and was worried they would “kick [her] out” because she had heard them imply that there would never be a female partner in the practice.“I joined the firm from school and think it would be difficult for a woman to have the same journey,” she says. “If there was a woman tracking me, she would have struggled to do the same.”When she did eventually tell the partners, they kept her on the board out of necessity rather than acceptance. “I made too much money and would have damaged the partnership if I was kicked out. They did not say they supported me or understood,” Belcher says.She decided to start her own company and planned to be a “one-woman show”. As more people found out, 19 people from the company approached her and said they wanted to join. “I created a firm of 20 overnight.”Since it was founded in 2007, MHBC Cumming has gone from strength to strength. It did not lose any clients during the property crash, according to Belcher, and has since been bought by one of the largest project management cost consultancy businesses in the US.Inclusiveness was central to the company’s success. “It was part of my mantra. I’ve tried to make it as inclusive as I can,” she says.Belcher’s is a success story. But a lot more needs to change until women are visible at the top. For now, they are creating their own platforms in order to be heard. Priya Shah, BAME in PropertyPriya Shah’s realisation that BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) women needed their own space led her to found BAME in Property. In 2017, she was in a meeting with a client and when she told them she was going backpacking in South Africa and Zimbabwe, they responded: “But you’re a bit of an Indian princess.”No one in the room spoke up and it made Shah feel “undermined and typecast”. She also thought the comment highlighted a deeper issue.Shah points out that 14% of the UK population is classed as BAME, compared with 1.2% of those working in the built environment sector, according to a joint report from RICS and EY in 2016. The aim of BAME in Property, she says, is to make the industry more diverse and inclusive.“A lot of the rhetoric so far has been about women and gender, and specifically progressing the causes of white women. We have to look at more than gender. Black people face a lot of prejudice – and black women probably the most of all,” says Shah.BAME in Property now has 600 members, thousands of followers on social media and 16 partners, including the British Property Federation, the Royal Town Planning Institute and Women in Planning. The organisation is open to all BAME industry professionals and Shah says it is also there “to support BAME women in their careers in property”.“It is important to understand that, more often than not, BAME women face different issues or barriers in comparison to white women,” says Shah. Support can include acknowledging different cultural contexts or ensuring that social events do not centre on drinking alcohol, she suggests.“BAME women are outnumbered, so they might feel they cannot raise issues in boardrooms. They are rarely seen or heard in senior positions. Visibility is really important.”center_img Brie Stevens-Hoare, FreeholdConversations about being a gay woman in property are on the rise, thanks in part to LGBT network Freehold. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC, a barrister at law firm Hardwicke, is a founding member and has watched as gay women in the industry carve out their own space.On the third or fourth time that Stevens-Hoare went to a Freehold evening event, her partner said “you’ll be home late then”. She realised that she stayed later than at other work events because she “enjoyed it so much more”.Stevens-Hoare is ‘out’ in her workplace, but when she meets a client she has to decide whether to ‘edit’ her conversation to conceal her sexuality. With Freehold, “I didn’t have to take that 30 seconds” to decide, she explains.But it is still challenging for gay women to come out in the industry. “People ask ‘where are the lesbians?’ You do not see many, partly because there are not [many] but also because they are already dealing with being visibly female,” says Stevens-Hoare. “It is whether you want to add that extra layer.”Having the word ‘women’ in the name of an event can boost attendance, according to Stevens-Hoare. But she adds that it is important to make all events inclusive and to connect networks.“For me, the answer lies in intersectionality and allies. If you start putting everyone together who is ‘other’ in some way, that is a very big cohort of people.”She says she very rarely ‘edits’ out her sexuality in conversation now and does not feel held back in her career. But when she started out in the mid-1980s, she had work withdrawn when clients realised she was female.“I feel a huge responsibility to use my seniority to push the sector, so it works for everyone rather than expecting women to fit into a tradition,” she adds. Alisha Morenike Fisher, BFAIn 2018, Alisha Morenike Fisher, Akua Danso, Neba Sere and Selasi Setufe created a WhatsApp group called Black Female Architects because they wanted to “hang out”. Their conversations soon grew too big for the group chat and they held their first event.In the two years since, the organisation has grown in size and now regularly holds events such as a networking breakfast on International Women’s Day and brunches where members can get advice on building their own business.For Morenike Fisher, it provides a vital forum. “There are all these issues that are stigmatised,” she says. “We need a space where we can talk about them. There need to be more firms with spaces where women can offload professionally.”last_img read more

Is brownfield enough? It’s time to think intelligently about the green belt

Is brownfield enough? It’s time to think intelligently about the green belt

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SC&RA and NBIS strengthen property and casualty insurance cover

SC&RA and NBIS strengthen property and casualty insurance cover

first_imgTower Group Companies and NBIS have developed a multi-line, risk management-based platform to better serve the needs of insured customers and their agents/brokers. The tie-up will strengthen NBIS’ position in the heavy construction and transport insurance marketplace.Joel Dandrea, SC&RA executive vice-president, said: “Despite the economic challenges confronting the industry, and the recent turmoil surrounding many financial institutions and insurers, we are extremely encouraged with the strong programme developments NBIS and Tower are bringing to our members. NBIS has once again stepped up to provide even higher quality insurance and risk management solutions for our members.”last_img

Delayed MoJ survey finds vulnerable ‘face multiple legal problems’

Delayed MoJ survey finds vulnerable ‘face multiple legal problems’

first_imgVulnerable people – those living with a disability, as lone parents or on less than £15,000 a year – are more likely to experience multiple legal problems than others, according to a major government study slipped into the public domain a year late. The findings, published on Friday afternoon, point to a crisis in access to justice following legal aid reforms.Publication of the findings of the Legal Problem Resolution Survey, originally promised in early 2016, follow the lord chancellor’s announcement that a green paper on legal support will be published next year.The survey found that people most likely to experience four or or more legal problems were: adults with a limiting illness or disability, lone parents, adults with a household income of under £15,000 per year, those receiving means-tested state benefits and social renters. At least four in 10 adults who had a legal problem experienced at least one ‘adverse consequence’. The most common consequences were stress or another mental health problem, loss of confidence, and loss of income or financial strain. At least one in 10 reported being physically ill.People likely to report adverse consequences were those with: a family problem; administrative problems associated with employment and state benefits; and civil problems concerning injury or ill health arising from an accident or negligence.The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which came into force in April 2013, removed legal aid from the majority of private family law matters. The report states that around half of adults with a problem linked to a relationship breakdown reported stress-related illness or mental health issues, and loss of income or financial strain. Around four in 10 also reported loss of confidence, or some form of harassment, abuse or assault as a result of the problem. Of those who received help from a law firm, only one in 10 said their help had been funded by legal aid. Around a quarter said that an insurance company paid, while 19% were funded by a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement. Around one in 10 cited a relative friend or employer for source of funding.Four in 10 adults who paid for legal help paid £500 or less. Around three in 10 paid more than £1,000. Of those who received help from a law firm, a quarter paid £500 or less, and four in 10 paid over £1,000.Around a quarter said an insurance company had paid their costs, 19% said costs were funded by a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, 11% said a relative, friend or employer had paid. The report concludes that adults vulnerable to disadvantage are more likely to experience problems and could potentially benefit from some ’targeted support’.’More work is however needed to explore what support would be most useful, as the findings did not illuminate what works best in helping adults to successfully resolve their legal problems, with little variation by the resolution strategies or advice obtained.’The findings are based on 10,058 telephone interviews conducted between November 2014 and March 2015. MoJ permanent secretary Richard Heaton told the justice select committee in November 2015 that initial findings from the survey were expected to be available in ‘early 2016’.last_img read more

Nuggets Edge Wolves

Nuggets Edge Wolves

first_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1080p HD 720p HD The Nuggets snuck by the Timberwolves 103-101 Wednesday night at Target Center. Minnesota was outscored 35-18 in the 3rd quarter and despite a 4th quarter comeback they came up short.Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Derrick Rose added 20 points off the bench.Wolves fall to 7-11 and will play at Brooklyn at 11am Friday, pregame on WJON at 10:30. About Connatix V56892 360p About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) 1/1last_img

‘There is Liverpool’ – Jurgen Klopp’s side ‘in the lead’ for…

‘There is Liverpool’ – Jurgen Klopp’s side ‘in the lead’ for…

first_imgThe Serie A club were believed to be edging closer towards signing the Nigeria international, but the situation has changed after the latter decided to change agents.Speaking to Sportitalia, another Italian journalist, Alfredo Pedullà, explained the Red Devils and Liverpool have been ‘sent messages’, more likely to the 21-year-old’s new representative.Calciomercato.it state ‘there is Liverpool’, and the Italian side could face the ‘danger’ from the Premier League champions.Osimhen’s old representative was pushing him to join Napoli. He is now managed by William d’Avila and the latter has informed his client about the ‘important interest’ from several English clubs.Embed from Getty ImagesThe website doesn’t mention any other club apart from Jürgen Klopp’s side, and it’s claimed Liverpool are ‘in the lead’.Lille want to cash in from the player’s sale this summer and as per the report, the Ligue 1 side are ‘buying time’ to close his exit operation.It could be a possibility that United and Liverpool are being dragged into the mix by Osimhen’s new agent, to put pressure on Napoli to offer better a economic deal to the Lille star.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHealth & Human Research7 Foods that Are Ruining Your KidneysHealth & Human ResearchUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoMake Money Online | Search AdsDo You Want To Make Money Online? Search Results HereMake Money Online | Search AdsUndoJobs in UK | Sponsored ListingsFinding a job in the UK might be easier than you thinkJobs in UK | Sponsored ListingsUndoCar Novels[Photos] Waffle House Waitress Didn’t Know She Was Recorded While She Served This CostumerCar NovelsUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.comUndoBedtimezFamily Dog Grabs And Throws Baby, Mom Freezes Until She Learns WhyBedtimezUndo On Thursday, journalist Ciro Venerato told CalcioNapoli24 that Manchester United called Victor Osimhen’s new agent to find out if the Lille striker has already signed for Napoli.last_img read more