WELCOME TO OUR CORONAVIRUS WEB PAGE
In an attempt to provide relevant information for club members on the pandemic as it impacts on motorists and classic car owners in particular, we have added this Coronavirus page to the club website.
It will include topical advice, both national and local, and we hope that members will find it useful.
TRAVELING FOR YOUR VACCINATION
There are currently more than 20 sites delivering COVID-19 vaccinations across Dorset. Travelling to a vaccination appointment is considered an essential journey. If you are travelling for your appointment please follow this NHS guidance: Where possible, please use your own transport. If you are not able to do so and are relying on someone to transport you, use someone within your support bubble. This will reduce your risk of catching or spreading the virus and reduce the risk to other people within your household or bubble. If you need to use public transport or a known COVID-secure taxi service, please stick to the current guidance – for example socially distance where possible, wear a mask and use hand sanitiser.
VACCINATION SCAM WARNING
There is a warning about fraudulent text messages and emails many people in the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) region have been receiving which claim to be from the NHS, offering the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations.
The texts or email will ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online website form (which looks very similar to the real NHS website) where they are prompted to input personal and, most significantly, financial details.
Everyone should remember that the vaccination is free of charge and no official contact from the NHS will ask for your bank account or card details, ask for your PIN or banking passwords, arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine or ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills.
If you receive a telephone call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to email@example.com
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
WHEN YOU COULD BE FINED FOR DRIVING YOUR CLASSIC IN LOCKDOWN
We have received details on the following story from a fellow MG owner in the Winchester area which illustrates that the police are being very strict at the moment on non-essential journeys.
“A friend of a friend last month was out with his wife for a short drive in Winchester to exercise his old Land Rover which had not moved for a while and was stopped by the police and they were each fined £200 for being out without a lawful excuse.
“What more can I say, this time the lockdown means lockdown! We do not want to be labelled with the `can`t be bothered` part of society. “
During the first national lockdown, the Government granted a six-month MOT extension to vehicles where the MOT certificate was due to expire after 30 March, this was done to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus and as a result of some MOT testing stations closing – although many remained open.
This time there is no such provision during the current lockdown with garages remaining open for essential repairs and clearing the backlog of MOTs caused by the last lockdown.
Therefore, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is roadworthy, taxed and MOT’d, and failure to do so may result in legal repercussions. Of course, driving during lockdown is only advised if essential, so if you don’t need to commute, and your local shop is within walking distance, then another option would be to take your car off the road and SORN it.
For those who are shielding, but need access to their vehicles for essential travel, the picture is a bit more confused. Currently, gov.uk states that: ‘You must not take your vehicle for its MOT if you’re shielding because you’re clinically extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus.’
However, it informs readers that some MOT stations will collect your vehicle, carry out an MOT, and return it if you’re being shielded. Contact your local MOT centre to find out if they offer this service.
As before, one big and contentious issue is tax, as motorists are unable to tax their vehicle without a valid MOT. Back in March 2020 those unable to MOT and consequently tax their vehicle due to self-isolation were advised to SORN their vehicles, but there was no advice for the extremely vulnerable who could not get their vehicles MOT’d, yet still required them to go to buy basic necessities. With supermarket delivery slots booked out weeks in advance, and no family nearby, not everyone has the option of completely self-isolating.
BCP COUNCIL UNVEILS AMBITIOUS BUDGET TO BOUNCE BACK FROM COVID-19
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole authority has announced its proposed budget for 2021/22 with an emphasis on supporting the local economy recover from the impact of the pandemic.
Among the highlights are: Council tax frozen where possible / £10 million to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) projects / £7.5 million to improve children’s services / £13 million for services for vulnerable adults / £340,000 to tackle anti-social behaviour, recruiting six additional Community Safety Accreditation Officers, Youth Anti-Social Behaviour Officers and resources to tackle unauthorised encampments / £2.25m in regeneration, economic development and planning / £1.1m extra for highways maintenance and street cleansing / £0.24m to support the climate and ecological emergency and the creation of a new £50 million Futures Fund for infrastructure investment.