Driver Training Industry Roundabout, 01 October 2020
This week the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is extended until April 2021 (but only at 20% of profits), more local lockdowns hit Leeds and Liverpool, a new government programme aims to get more families cycling to school and GoRoadie launches in Liverpool!
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme extended to April 2021
Although the driving industry seems to be bouncing back after lockdown measures were lifted (We've seen a huge increase in learners looking for driving instructors through GoRoadie), it doesn't mean business will continue to boom.
If you're an ADI who's income has been impacted by Coronavirus and you're eligible, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is continuing to run until April 2021. There are two grants available, covering November to January and February to April. The first is for 20% of average monthly profits of up to £1,875. The second grants terms will be release in due course.
You're unable to claim, but keep an eye on this page for updates.
Local lockdowns in Leeds & Liverpool
Leeds and Liverpool join other locations in West Yorkshire and North West England in receiving local lockdown restrictions.
Luckily it seems, at the moment, the restrictions don't have any impact on driving lessons. We're keeping an eye on all local lockdowns in case anything changes.
As we wrote in a previous post recently, it is unlikely that driving lessons will be stopped again, as the government would need to reintroduce furlough, which they really don't want to do.
New government programme to get more families cycling or walking to school
£2 million is being allocated to programmes aimed at getting children in England cycling to school as part of their commute, rather than being taken in the family car. This will see cycle repair workshops set up in primary schools and local neighbourhoods and classroom materials.
The Walk to School Outreach Programme has reportedly generated 4 million new walking trips and is receiving £1 million further investment to increase support for this cause.
These programmes are aimed at improving the health of people and the planet.
The upshot for ADIs? A chance at quieter roads in the morning!
GoRoadie launches in Liverpool and Merseyside
Personally exciting news for us at GoRoadie. We're extremely happy to announce that we've brought our instructor finder service to Liverpool.
We've been part of this industry for over four years and are proud to be able to launch in a city as iconic as Liverpool, bringing our instructor-empowering products to even more ADIs across the United Kingdom.
You can read the full press release here and if you're an instructor, learn more and sign up for free here.