A state of the art simulator designed to improve safety at speed for all blue light drivers has been launched by Babcock International Group (Babcock) today (8 March) at the LGA Emergency Services Conference in Bristol.
Whilst the prototype has been created to identically mimic a standard fire engine, the concept is something that can be adapted to any emergency response vehicle to train thousands of drivers across the country. The prototype is the culmination of 18 months’ R&D work and is the first Emergency Services driving simulator of its kind in the UK to be built with a 200 degree wrap-around screen which will give drivers a fully immersive experience.
The BVRLA’s latest quarterly survey of its leasing members found that almost one in 20 (4.7%) of all new leased cars registered in the final quarter of 2015 was a plug-in, well-ahead of the market penetration achieved across all new registrations, which stood at 1.3%.
The leasing sector’s low-emission credentials are also demonstrated by the fact that more than 25% of lease cars now sit in VED band A (sub 100g/km CO2) while the overall market share for all new cars sold in 2015 stands at 20%.
They won the ‘working together’ gold award at the annual Improvement and Efficiency Awards which celebrate new ways of working across the public sector.
The judges commended Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Surrey Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service for innovative projects aimed at better serving communities while ensuring maximum value for money.
Due to unprecedented interest, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has extended the deadline by one week for the LCRS Leadership in Carbon Reduction Award sponsored by Bridgestone.
The award aims to recognise companies that are making carbon reduction and fuel efficiency a priority within their fleet operation. FTA is encouraging LCRS members who are adopting operational and technological measures from driver training and route scheduling to improving vehicle fill and using greener fuels to apply and receive recognition for their efforts.
The search is on for the country’s top truck driver with the launch of the 44 tonne – heavy vehicle category in the FTA Truck Driver of the Year 2016 competition, in association with Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Drivers in this category of the contest are highly skilled professionals, travelling long distances often on long-haul journeys.
North Lincolnshire Council has invested in two electric vans and installed an electric car charging point in the car park behind Scunthorpe Market in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.
The two electric vans will be used by the Community Wardens to make their trips around North Lincolnshire more environmentally friendly. Each vehicle can travel up to 100 miles before needing to be charged again.
Reflecting the growing concern about the health effects of urban air pollution alongside renewed pressure for carbon reduction, the LowCVP and the Clean Air Alliance – working with other representatives of the air quality community – have announced an initiative to help make sure that transport actions to mitigate both problems are joined-up as effectively as possible.
The initiative, which focuses on the impacts of road transport, is being launched at a seminar and Parliamentary reception today – attended by over 200 stakeholders - which will see the publication of a communiqué outlining the areas of agreement and potential collaboration between the two communities.
More than two thirds (68%) of businesses in the UK are saving money on their vehicle fuel bills due to adoption of telematics, according to research by RAC Business*.
The study of businesses across all sectors of industry also suggests that 55% saw a reduction in wear and tear and 48% said there was a reduction in downtime for their vehicles, contributing to further savings.
The results of the survey have been released at a time when increasing numbers of businesses are installing telematics in their vehicles, and show more than one in three (38%) are now making use of the devices, many for a variety of reasons beyond simply tracking vehicles.
Drug drive arrests have soared by up to 800% in a year after the government introduced tough new laws to catch and convict offenders, according to initial figures from police forces.
A new easy-to-use roadside swab test which can catch drug offenders was introduced on 2 March last year (2015). To mark the first anniversary, the government is launching a new advertising campaign targeted at young men who are most likely to drug drive – to make it clear that if you drug drive, you’re more likely to be caught and convicted as a result of the roadside swab.
Vauxhall’s all-new Brit-built Astra has been named European Car of the Year 2016 at the 86th Geneva Motor Show.
The award was decided by 58 leading automotive journalists from around Europe. It was presented to Vauxhall/Opel CEO Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann by Car of the Year President Hakan Matson on the eve of the first press day of the Geneva International Motor Show. Astra received a total of 309 points versus 294 for the Volvo XC90 and 202 for the Mazda MX-5.
Latest developments in connected fleet management systems – to help businesses achieve greater efficiency from field to office – will be showcased by TomTom Telematics at this year’s CV Show.
Business mobility specialist Alphabet today announced it has become a Recognised Partner in the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Van Excellence programme.
At a recent event held jointly between the FTA and Vauxhall at their plant in Luton, over 40 members of Alphabet’s Commercial and Account Management teams were awarded the FTA ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in van operations following training in operational best practice and legislation.
Van Excellence is an industry-led initiative, the aim of which is to raise the standards of commercial vehicle operators, celebrate and share best practices, as well as represent the interests of LCV customers and the industry.