Legislation / Legal

HA:  New regulations have been laid before Parliament following informal & formal consultation, that will allow the Highways Agency's Traffic Officer Service to authorise the removal of certain broken down & abandoned vehicles from the strategic road network, which includes England's motorways and major ‘A’ roads. The regulations will give Traffic Officers powers similar to those currently exercised by the police.
Press release ~ The National Vehicle Recovery Project
OFT:  The Office of Fair Trading is reminding residential estate agents that new requirements introduced by the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007 mean that all persons who engage in estate agency work in relation to residential properties in the UK must join an approved redress scheme with effect from 1 October 2008.
Actual & potential buyers and sellers of residential property with complaints about estate agency work will then be able to use a free, easily accessible, fair estate agents redress scheme, which will have the power to make a range of awards, including requiring a member to pay compensation.  The OFT has to date approved two schemes - the Ombudsman for Estate Agents Company Limited and the Surveyors Ombudsman Service.
Press release ~ OFT - Estate Agents Redress Schemes ~ Ombudsman Service Limited ~ Surveyors Ombudsman Service ~ Consumer Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007 ~ Framework for Excellence: Raising Standards and Informing Choice ~ National Improvement Strategy for FE
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