The BVRLA has welcomes the Department for Transport's review of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Stephen Hammond has accepted the recommendations has made in Mary Reilly's report, which include accelerating DVLA's digital transformation.
The BMW i3 has lifted the top prize at the first-ever UK Car of the Year Awards. It triumphed in the Best Supermini category before the new BMW went on to scoop the title of UK Car of the Year 2014.
The awards, which include 11 categories and one overall prize, are voted for by 27 of the most respected motoring journalists in the UK. Each is an expert in their field to ensure UK consumers get the best advice possible, whichever type of car they are considering buying.
In the overall vote, which featured the likes of the Porsche Cayman, Range Rover Sport, BMW 5 Series, Citroen C4 Grand Picasso and Audi A3, almost half of the 27-strong judging panel chose the i3.
With the Met Office confirming that the UK has just experienced its wettest winter since records began, road safety organisation, TyreSafe, is reminding drivers about the need to ensure their tyres have sufficient tread depth to keep them safe on wet roads.
“It’s no great surprise that this has been the wettest winter on record, but sadly many drivers are unaware that their tyres must be properly maintained and regularly inspected to ensure they remain safe and legal on the road,” explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “Insufficient tread depth could not only see you falling foul of the law, but it will also hamper your car’s ability to brake, accelerate and corner safely.”
Now in its 7th year, National Apprenticeship week is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the UK economy. And with the British Chambers of Commerce calling for Chancellor George Osborne to address, in the next budget, youth unemployment and training with a £100 million scheme, the week is particularly timely.
Steve Nash, Chief Executive of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) firmly believes that the key to addressing youth unemployment is utilising the often-overlooked apprenticeship model that is actually beneficial to both employers and young people looking for work.
Nissan's NT400 Cabstar light/medium duty truck has gone on sale across Europe.
Built in Spain, the NT400 Cabstar chassis cab benefits from a number of enhancements designed to make it even more attractive to operators and drivers alike.
Among the changes are new looks, an improved payload, new high output engine, longer service intervals for lower operating costs and new equipment providing extra comfort and greater safety.
ŠKODA’s award-winning Superb now boasts even greater diversity and appeal, thanks to the launch of two new lifestyle-oriented models.
The Superb Outdoor is returning to the range for the first time since the model’s facelift during 2013. With off-road adventure styling as standard, the car features additional specification above the SE trim on which it’s based, and is available with four-wheel-drive transmission for grip and extra peace of mind.
Volkswagen’s multi-award-winning Crafter panel van, chassis and double cab models are set to become among the cleanest and most refined vehicles in their classes with the introduction of EURO VI engines. As a result, the new Crafter Euro VI range meets the most exacting European exhaust standard for commercial vehicles.
The Crafter achieves the strict limits with the help of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) systems, as well as a built-in Diesel Particulate Filter which works to purify exhaust emissions and almost eradicate particulate matter.
With effect from 1 March, Jeremy Smith is appointed as Citroën UK’s new Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Sector Operations.
Jeremy takes over from Scott Michael, who is leaving Citroën to join Motability Operations as Conversions & Adaptations Relationship Manager.
Make autonomous emergency braking the norm & cut personal injury claims by nearly a fifth, says the ABI
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) today called for UK motor manufacturers to fit autonomous emergency braking as standard on all new cars. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) uses radar, lasers and optical sensors to identify other vehicles and pedestrians and automatically braking if the driver does not respond in time to avoid a collision or lessen its impact.
Currently only 23% of new vehicles available in the UK have AEB fitted as standard or as an option, despite the fact that research* shows that AEB could lead to an 18% reduction in personal injury claims following road traffic accidents
DVLA is testing changes to its online Vehicle Tax, Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) and Vehicle Enquiry services with customers.
The changes started taking place from last Thursday, 20 February 2014 and bring these DVLA services in line with GDS standards for digital services.
The changes affect how the services appear on screen and have been designed to make it much easier for customers to understand and navigate through the services. The changes will allow DVLA to make future changes to the service more quickly.
The government should use the Budget to encourage business take-up of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).
In its annual Budget Submission to the Chancellor, the BVRLA urged the government to extend the nil rate tax band for zero emitting cars until 2016/17. The government currently plans to increase company car benefit-in-kind tax on electric vehicles to 5% in 2015/16, and the association believes that reversing the decision would give a huge incentive to businesses when choosing which vehicles to run.
In its pre-Budget submission to the Chancellor the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has urged Chancellor to go further than freezing fuel duty and to cut it by 3 pence per litre.
FTA has asked George Osborne who will deliver the 2014 Budget statement on 19 March, to maintain its commitment and consider the economic benefits that could be delivered by further development of the Government’s approach to fuel duty. The Association stated that “by reducing road fuel duty it would ease cost pressure on domestic freight activity and stimulate economic growth.”
Stéphane Le Guevel, 46, has been appointed the new Managing Director for Peugeot Motor Company in the UK.
With an already impressive International Peugeot career behind him, Le Guevel joins the UK business on 1st April 2014 from Beijing where he is currently the Deputy Managing Director of Dongfeng Peugeot, the Brand’s joint venture operation in China.
Before China, he was Managing Director of Peugeot’s subsidiary in Belgium (2009-2011), in Russia (2004-2009) and Director of Marketing in Poland (2000 – 2004).
Tim Tozer has been appointed to the position of Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors and CEO Opel Ireland, following the departure of Duncan Aldred to become US Vice President, Buick-GMC Sales, Service and Marketing, located at GM’s headquarters in Detroit.
British national Tozer joins Vauxhall with a proven track record in senior management positions within the motor industry across Europe and will be responsible for all aspects of the Vauxhall Motors organisation in the UK.
Renault Trucks has optimised all its services from truck design right through to aftersales to provide customers with greater dependability and profitability. In its work on the chassis cab unit, the manufacturer has made sure that it can be combined with the widest possible range of bodywork and be mounted onto the chassis as easily as possible.
CAP Automotive fuels accelerated growth ambitions with the aquisition of Derwent Management Services
CAP AUTOMOTIVE has acquired Derwent Management Services in a move that will strengthen the quality and breadth of its data and services to fleets, manufacturers and consumers and give the business a foothold in mainland Europe.
Derwent Management Services (DMS) is a top flight provider of performance monitoring, risk management and benchmarking information, focused on the automotive sectors of the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium. It has also recently established a presence in France.
Building on the arrival of the critically acclaimed New 308, PEUGEOT has unveiled its latest model, the New 308 SW. It’s a dynamic estate car with a performance-oriented design, outstanding load space and impeccable road manners.
“PEUGEOT continues its product offensive with the new 308 SW, which combines design and quality, functionality and high values, to boost the success of the 308 and the Brand’s move
up-market.” Xavier Peugeot, PEUGEOT Product Director.
The hunt for the UK’s best young automotive apprentices has commenced, with the opening of the Institute of the Motor Industry’s (IMI’s) 2014 SkillAuto competition.
Young people will compete in the fields of Autobody, Autorefinishing and Autotech for a place at the SkillAuto final, which takes place at the Skills Show in November. Over 80,000 young people visited the Skills Show at the NEC last year, which provides a platform for the best of the nation’s young apprentices to compete in their chosen fields, as well as giving visitors the chance to have a go at new skills and gain careers information and advice.
Skanska UK, part of one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups has made a massive reduction in its fleet costs.
The company has seen a reduction in annualised accident rates of 59% in the commercial vehicle fleet over a two year period as a result of focusing on those who drive for work. Not only has this improved the safety of its employees, but it has also resulted in crash costs being reduced by £250,000.
Drivers failing to look after and replace their tyres are putting their own lives, and those of others in grave danger. The stark warning has been issued by TyreSafe after it received shocking images from one independent tyre dealer who was left flabbergasted by the state of one of its customers’ tyres.
The tyre, which was removed from a high performance BMW 3-series, was so worn, none of its tread pattern remained, making it virtually useless in the wet. Furthermore, the wear was so great on one shoulder of the tyre that it had started to destroy the integrity of the tyre carcass, with potentially fatal high speed consequences.