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Sunday Trading Legalities

16th June 2013

Today, Sunday Trading is becoming more and more common with a lot of consumers taking it for granted. Despite this, the Sunday Trading Act 1994, has set some very strict regulations that must be adhered to in order to be open and trade on Sundays. The question is; does your motor trade business abide by these rules?

Sunday Trading – The Rules

If you have made the decision to open and trade on a Sunday, you need to work out which classification your business falls under. This will either be a ‘large shop’ or not.

A ‘large shop’ is caught by the Sunday Trading Legislation and is defined by the inside sales floor space area of your premises. It must exceed 280 square metres and includes service and/or parts reception. It does NOT include the forecourt or workshop.

If your premises does not meet the above criteria, it is not classed as a ‘large shop’ and therefore in order to trade on a Sunday you must give your local authority notice that you intend to open between the hours of 10am and 6pm for a continuous period of six hours. You may begin trading on Sundays either 14 days from the date of the notice, or sooner if your local authority agree. It is also a legal requirement to ensure that your opening times are obviously displayed both in and outside the building.

Finally, did you know that even if Christmas Day and Easter Sunday fall on a Sunday, it is illegal to trade on these holiday days.

To find out more about the Sunday Trading Act, click here.

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