A new lockdown has arrived in England until December 2nd 2020, but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own localised restrictions.
Our guidance remains in place.
We expect England to return to regional restrictions after the current lockdown and will update these pages as soon as Government announcements are made.
Many regional organisers will know that recently, key changes to Government guidance were introduced stating that the "rule of six" now applies to social gatherings, meaning that it is illegal to gather socially in groups of larger than 6 people. There are now no exemptions to this rule and no events or gatherings can take place.
The rules now vary on a regional basis - see below to work out what applies to your area:
As the country changes the classifications of restriction into localised tier levels, there are also varying approaches by devolved authorities. So, it has become necessary to evolve guidance on a localised basis.
The best way to keep up to date with your own area is via the Government link for England https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions useful which enables you to input your own postcode.
The exception is Scotland, where you must refer to this link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/
For restrictions in Northern Ireland, then refer to this link: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you.
The tightest restrictions are currently in place within Wales and you can and out more information here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-frequently-asked-questions#section-53247
We do not expect any events to continue to go ahead, but if members attend hospitality or events venues, they do so at their own risk. Members should satisfy themselves that the business, venue or organiser has put in the necessary infrastructure, social distancing, track and trace and hygiene measures to comply with the regulations for hospitality venues.
Cafés, Restaurants and Pubs are able to open, but track and trace is now a legal requirement and groups larger than six may not gather within the premises or book tables. It is also not possible to book more than one table of six. A curfew of 10pm has been imposed upon all hospitality venues.
TR Register Local Group Meets
On advice from UK Government and relevant trade bodies, we are continuing to urge against local group meets and gatherings. For those advertised by third-parties, you attend at your own risk.
The latest UK Government advice introducing the 'rule of six' plus new regional lockdowns where deemed necessary has made any relaxation impossible. There are severe penalties in place for businesses that break the rules, so most hospitality venues are unable to consider hosting gatherings other than small groups of no more than 6.
For now though, the latest Government restrictions do mean that our regional meets, sadly cannot resume just yet.
The burden of responsibility on our volunteers is still too high, as is the risk to health from organising large scale events. Furthermore, Government this week advised us that the penalties for hosting gatherings that break the rules are to be increased both for organisers and attendees.
In the meantime, keep in touch via the Forum, TR Action Magazine our Social Media and your own local WhatsApp groups and Zoom calls. The office runs a pro account for Zoom that is available to all local groups to book and use. Simply enquire at : email@example.com.
A few local regions, such as Windsor Forest, have managed to organise road runs in small groups (no more than 6) to exercise their TRs. These are a good way to offer your group some activity, but please ensure you organise the run in such a way as to avoid any congregations of people at the start, finish or any stop-over points. Avoid gatherings in car parks or other public spaces. Observe social distancing at all times and follow the law. Also be aware of any local lockdowns in your area.
How are the rules enforced?
Individuals can be issued with fines of up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences with more serious offences being prosecuted. The Police have powers to disperse groups of over thirty people and remove people from an area.
What about clinically vulnerable individuals?
Those who have been unidentified as at “high-risk” of contracting COVID-19 are now able to gather in groups of up to six people outdoors. This number includes individuals outside of the household. Those shielding can also form a "support bubble" with one other household.
- The pandemic is NOT over. The lives of our families and friends are still at risk.
- Read and understand Government guidance for your specific area of the UK.
- Check your car over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
- Maintain social distancing of 2 metres where possible (1 metre in certain circumstances - refer to Government guidelines).
- If you previously declared your TR as being on SORN to the DVLA , be sure to update it before taking to the road.
- If you didn't renew your insurance policy during lockdown, do it right away. To help with this, TR Register Insurance have a number of helpful schemes and allowances they are offering members. Contact them on 0333 003 8157 .
- If your vehicle needs one, do you have an MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT after 30th March 2020 and before 1st August. Extensions are granted in the seven days before the expiry date. After August 1st, you will be required to renew your MOT upon it's expiry as normal.
- Please be assured that during this rapidly changing situation, we are monitoring advice very closely and will follow up with TR Register members if the situation develops.
Please adhere to these guidelines to protect the health of yourself and others.
Please note: As our volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision.
TR Register offices, Didcot.
The TR Register are continuing to work remotely and are not be accepting visitors to the TR Register offices in Didcot at the present time. Staff that can work from home continue to do so, therefore please be patient when contacting the office. Please use email communication as the preferred method of contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
TR Action Magazine
TR Action Magazine will continue to be produced and mailed out to members, to offer a distraction, entertainment and information during this time.
We have assurances from our printers and the Royal Mail that they have put precautions in place to enable them to continue working for us. The situation the world is experiencing and its impact on the TR and wider classic car scene is moving and changing incredibly fast and is therefore difficult to remain timely and up to the minute with information in a six-weekly print magazine.
Issue 326 is expected to be published on 16th December 2020.
As ever, our Editor Wayne Scott looks forward to receiving your articles and stories on what you have achieved on your cars as we know many of you have been getting those little tasks done during lockdown.
TR Register Insurance
Our insurance manager, Pete Barrett from TR Register Insurance says;
"Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what measures we need to put in place to ensure the wellbeing of you, our clients and colleagues. As such, we have temporarily shut the doors to clients visiting us at the branch in Worcester, but rest assured - we are still open for business.
During this unprecedented time, as some of my colleagues will be away from the office, we would appreciate you contact us to renew your policy as soon as you receive your renewal letter.
This will reduce our call volumes and enable us to continue to provide a top quality service even if we do happen to have limited staff.
In the near future we will be moving to home working, so please do bear with us if the we are busy. We will call you back if none of the team are available when you call."
Updated: Motorsport UK advice for sports events:
Motorsport UK has issued further reassurance on how motorsport events can continue during the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic:
TR Register Hillclimb and Sprint Championship:
Roger McEwen proposed the following actions to current registered competitors, all of who agreed to the following:
- The Revington TR / TR Register S&HCC will be abandoned for 2020 in terms of results and awards.
- Roger McEwen all work to obtain invitations to as many events as possible for the TR Register for the rest of 2020, assuming that existing events on the calendar will be in if they go ahead. Roger will issue SRs and Entry Forms as they become available.
- That we will not have a Drivers Dinner / Awards Ceremony or Meeting this year.
- That for 2021 the Championship Regulations will be the same as this year subject to any necessary changes in the calendar of events.
Latest event updates as of 21/11/2020:
British Motor Museum, Gaydon: OPEN FOR WEEKEND PRE-BOOK ONLY
The British Motor Museum reassured us that they are committed to providing a safe place to visit. They are adopting new approaches in order to adhere to government guidelines so, whilst we they look a little bit different, they are excited to be able to welcome you back to the Museum. Most events remain cancelled until the first weekend of September.
Le Mans Classic - POSTPONED UNTIL 1- 4th July 2021
Peter Auto have announced the Le Mans Classic will be postponed until 1-4th July 2021, due to the COVID-19 situation. More details for those who have booked through Travel Destinations can be found below:
TR Register European Meeting - POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2021
The TR Register have had to take the difficult decision to postpone the UK European Meeting, until September 2021. The move will see all subsequent meetings in other countries, also put back by one year by universal agreement.
Although much of the detail will be announced in due course, the organising team have in place a new plan and agreements with all the major suppliers.
The theme of the weekend will remain as a celebration of over half a century of the TR Register. More details on the link below: