Cars New car wash licences to combat exploitation of workers
MPs call on government to reconsider limits for new drivers
The government should resume research into graduated driving licences, a committee of MPs has said. © PA Graduated licences mean new drivers have tougher restrictions for a certain time period after they pass their test The Commons Transport Select Committee has said that there is evidence graduated driving licences (GDLs) can be "effective in reducing crash rates".Eighty-eight drivers aged 17-24 died on Britain's roads in 2019, with a further 1,234 seriously injured.Graduated licences mean new drivers have tougher restrictions for a certain time period after they pass their test.
Licencing agreements forare being trialled, with the aim of ensuring businesses treat employees, customers and the environment fairly.
According to the(RCWS), the sector has been ‘consistently been identified as an industry where workers are at risk of exploitation, ranging from poor working conditions to modern day slavery’.
The trial is being funded by the Home Office and supporters of the RCWS – including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda.
In order to gain accreditation, operators must agree to:
- Consent to trade and trading standards
- Provide financial transparency and corporate governance
- Provide safe and hygienic working conditions
- Protect the environment
- Offer compliant and ethical employment practices and prevention of worker exploitation
The RCWS says legitimate businesses can be undercut by those breaking the law, creating an unfair competitive landscape.
Council removes tiny 'parklet' that was built over parking space
Father-of-two Adam Tranter, 31, built a 'parklet' in a parking space in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, to cheer up locals and help businesses last September, but it has been removed by the council.Father-of-two Adam Tranter built over the parking space in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, last September with friends, believing it help boost local businesses after the first lockdown.
Many car washes also operate from unsuitable premises that discharge dangerous effluent into drains and water courses. And staff may be given ineffective protective equipment when handling dangerous and corrosive cleaning materials, it claimed.
“With car washes now reopening after lockdown, risks are resurfacing with regards to violation of labour, employment, health and safety and environmental regulations,” said Teresa Sayers, managing director of the RCWS.
“RCWS aims to ensure compliance, improve standards, and give consumers confidence that they are choosing a fair car wash, by accrediting businesses that adhere to the RCWS Code of Practice. With Home Office backing and an independent evaluation, this has the impetus it needs to work on a nationwide level.”
Gordon Ramsay eyes up a £250,000 red Everrati Porsche 911 .
The chef, 54, carefully looked over the converted electric vehicle while visiting luxury car dealer Joe Macari in Wandsworth on Thursday.And Gordon Ramsay appeared to be thinking about expanding his impressive sports car collection as he eyed up a red Everrati Porsche 911 on Thursday.