Monthly Archives: May 2016
Condor Jersey Consumer Group
First Meeting held today (25th May)
Open & Honest discussions between Group Members & Condor
To keep us all grounded we have our own Group Charter and Objective
Group objective the Group will make every effort to identify and craft mutually acceptable resolutions that are aimed at reducing and resolving dissatisfaction, to improve relationships between Condor and the public
The Charter ensures that we all understand our own responsibilities and commitment to the Group.
All participants are presenting individually to the Group highlighting their own views on;
· main areas of dissatisfaction and the impact it has on those around you
· areas of satisfaction
· thoughts on how things could really change going forward
Half the Group had the opportunity today and others will be afforded the same at our next meeting.
The attendees, including Condor’s CEO Paul Luxon, listened, clarified and talked through various aspects of the service. Group members were open, honest and eloquently made numerous substantiated points. Although timetabling, reliability, communication and customer care was amongst the most cited areas in today’s resumes, each speaker articulated the reality and full implications of these dissatisfactions to each person, their commitments and obligations.
As one member said that it’s ‘when all these shortcomings converge at once’ you get a potent recipe for frustration and dissatisfaction.
The Group talked through with Paul about the Frequent Traveller Scheme as there is clearly confusion about decisions made regarding the longevity of the scheme; Paul clarified that they are currently consulting a selection of Frequent Traveller Scheme members to explore how it should look in the future – he assured the Group that it will be staying but will look different.
The points raised by each member will formulate a robust agenda for discussion.
In a bid to address the frustrations some Condor Ferries passengers have experienced of late, the Jersey Consumer Council has established – the Condor Jersey Consumer Group.
The aim of the Condor Jersey Consumer Group is to open up positive communication channels between the company and its passengers and to facilitate independent, open and transparent discussions between all parties.
The hope is that this new forum will help to optimise the experiences of Condor passengers and alleviate the frustrations that many customers have endured in recent times.
The Jersey Consumer Council has recruited 14 members to the Condor Jersey Consumer Group who have been stringently and fairly selected from 39 applicants reflecting a varied range of passenger characteristics, across Condor’s sailing routes. They will join members of the Jersey Consumer Council on the group. Condor Ferries chief executive officer, Paul Luxon and Corporate Communications Manager, Helen Day, will also be attending.
The first meeting of the Condor Jersey Consumer Group will take place next week.
Executive officer of the Jersey Consumer Council, Anne King comments: “We are pleased to have established this consumer-focused, independent forum. By bringing together Condor with a cohort of passengers, we hope that the ensuing face-to-face dialogue will help both parties to fully understand the issues which need addressing, in order to optimise the service the company provides in the future.
“We were delighted with the number and quality of the applicants who came forward to participate in this forum. The group needs to be relatively small, in order for it to be effective, whilst maintaining its representation and integrity. Whittling numbers down has been a difficult but necessary task and we would like to thank everyone who has offered their support to this initiative.
“We look forward to keeping Islanders posted about the progress which is made by the Group – we all have a vested interest in our ferry service working as well as possible.”
Registering For a Manufacturer’s Free Warranty or Guarantee
You are in a rush to get your new gadget or kitchen appliance out of the packaging. You may have seen a warranty or guarantee card fall out of the box. What exactly is it for and should you fill it in? Trading Standards has provided answers to these
You are in a rush to get your new gadget or kitchen appliance out of the packaging.
You may have seen a warranty or guarantee card fall out of the box. What exactly is it for and should you fill it in? Trading Standards has provided answers to these questions.
What is the card for?
The card enables you to register for a free warranty (or guarantee) which adds to your legal rights. It may be a condition to fill in and return the card before the warranty becomes valid.
Do I need this additional free warranty?
It may be easier to claim on the free warranty for a repair or replacement if something has gone wrong. Under the law, after 6 months you have to prove you didn’t cause the problem, which can be tricky. It is also a good backup if the retailer has closed or gone out of business or you bought the goods out of the Island.
Have I still got a manufacturer’s warranty if I didn’t fill out and return the card?
It depends. Get in touch with the manufacturer. They may still accept your registration and you may be able to do this online.
Who can claim?
It is usually just the person who purchased the item who can make a claim. Check the small print. Some warranties extend to other people, referred to as ‘third party rights’.
Are there other limitations?
Check the terms and conditions. There will be strict time limits when the warranty expires. Find out who is responsible for the postage and packaging if goods need to be sent away for repair.
Are there other benefits of registration?
The manufacturer will have your contact details if your goods are then subject to a safety notice or recall.
What about extended warranties?
Take care when filling out warranty or guarantee registration cards to ensure you are only registering for a free warranty or guarantee. Don’t confuse it with extended warranties or guarantees which are similar to insurance policies. These cost money. You should think carefully about the benefit of buying an extended warranty against the value of the goods, the risk of them breaking down and always shop around as you may be able to purchase a multiple product policy for less money.
Do I have any protection without a manufacturer’s warranty?
Yes. Under Jersey law you are protected if goods are faulty if they are not of satisfactory quality or fit to do the job intended. You may also have additional protection if the goods were over £100 and you paid in full or part payment on a credit card.
For more advice, contact Trading Standards on 448160 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Holidays and Travelling
Each year thousands of us travel by ferry and aeroplane for summer getaways, weekend breaks, gap year adventures and to visit friends and family.
Although most of us have trouble-free journeys some do experience unexpected disruption to their travel plans and holiday arrangements.
The following articles visit some of the challenges and issues which help us to reduce the likelihood of the unexpected during our journey and to navigate our way should things no go quite to plan …