£500m to get more drivers into ultra low emission vehicles
The Government will invest £500m to boost the ultra low emission vehicle industry and help drivers both afford and feel confident using electric cars, the Deputy Prime Minister announced today
The automotive sector is a success story of the UK’s economic recovery, with a new vehicle rolling off a UK production line every 20 seconds and the industry is worth £11.2bn to the economy. The production of ultra low emissions vehicles (ULEV) is a major part of growth both now and for the future.
Updated guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now available. The new leaflet applies to any employer with employees who drive, or ride a motorcycle or bicycle at work, as well as self-employed people. It also applies to those using their own vehicle for a work-related journey. It will be particularly valuable to those responsible for fleet management. Employees and their safety representatives will also find it helpful.
It emphasises how to follow a ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ approach and shows examples of how this approach can be applied to work-related road safety.
Among the new recommendations are the need to ensure that the safest vehicles are made available.
Survey published ahead of CV Show...
Transport firms are fitting forward-facing cameras in their lorries in growing numbers, according to the Road Haulage Association.
The surge the use of cameras is to protect firms from accident insurance claims – some of which can be fraudulent. “The recordings can show what happened in an accidents and can put an end, quickly and simply, to potentially crippling insurance claims,” says director of policy Jack Semple.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the professional body for individuals working in the motor industry, has announced the acquisition of Automotive Technician Training (ATT) - an e-learning system which is currently used in the training of light vehicle technicians in over 200 colleges in the UK and Ireland. The multimedia blended e-learning platform is used in classrooms by teachers and can be accessed by students from home. It covers the entire curriculum for IMI Awards, City and Guilds and EdExcel light vehicle qualifications up to level 3.
FIAT Professional will welcome the new Sportivo trim level to its award-winning range of commercial vehicles at this year's Commercial Vehicle Show held at The NEC Birmingham (29 April – May 1, 2014). Two examples of the new Sportivo trim level – the FIAT Fiorino Sportivo and the FIAT Ducato Sportivo – will be on display, as will several FIAT Professional vehicles proudly displaying the liveries of just some of the brand’s key UK customers.
The future of the UK as a leader in the development and take-up of low emission vehicles has been given a boost with the government's announcement of how the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will spend its £500m funding allocation over the next five years.
Representing the UK motor industry, SMMT called on government to instigate a balanced approach to the 2015-2020 funding package, incorporating elements of consumer incentives, a strategic investment in infrastructure and increased R&D support. Furthermore, we asked that all parts of the road transport industry should benefit. The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Transport Minister Baroness Kramer delivered on this ask, announcing a package of measures which will help the UK lead the global shift to low and ultra-low carbon vehicles and technologies. It also provides crucial strategic opportunities for growth and jobs across the UK automotive industry.
The six-month winter trial of Nissan’s all-electric e-NV200 van with British Gas has come to a successful conclusion with the energy giant placing an immediate order for 50 vans, with a further 50 to be delivered by the end of the calendar year.
The nationwide pilot of 28 vans, and the resulting order, which was announced today at the start of the CV Show at the NEC in Birmingham, is part of British Gas’ wider commitment to ensuring 10% of its fleet of 13,000 home service vans are all-electric by 2017.
Councils are being invited to bid for a share of a £168 million Pothole Fund to repair local roads, making them safer and smoother for motorists, cyclists and other road users.
Successful local authorities will sign a pothole pledge as a condition of the funding, setting out the number of potholes they will have repaired by March 2015.
The Road Haulage Association has made important additions to its suite of guidance notes for members on the safe loading of goods vehicles. New guidance has been issued on securing palletised freight onto curtain-sided vehicles; and a solution for improved securing of pallets on the upper deck of double-deck trailers has been proposed and is going forward to operational trials.
The guidance has been developed by RHA head of technical services Ray Engley with a working group of RHA members from pallet network TPN: Trevor Edden of TWE Haulage; Mark Duggan of Eezehaul; Paul Johnson of Transervice Express Transport; Mark Watkins of MWT; Martyn Bowers of Pallet Express Systems; and Tom Cassin, health and safety manager at TPN.
The enforcement agencies DVSA and HSE/HSL have been part of the process and have agreed the guidance notes.
Nissan has announced improvements to its NV400 range including a low emission Euro 5 engine and a number of specification upgrades on both panel vans and factory-built conversions.
The four versions of the chassis, tipper and dropside turbo engine have been replaced with a single 2.3 litre turbodiesel engine which boasts an improvement in fuel economy and sees the NV400’s CO2 emissions fall by 8g/km.
Brake, the road safety charity, will be exhibiting at next week's Commercial Vehicle Show for the first time ever, sharing nearly 20 years' worth of road safety expertise with fleet decision-makers.
Through its highly acclaimed Fleet Safety Forum, Brake provides fleet professionals with guidance, training, and tools to support them in improving road safety within their organisation. Visitors to the Brake stand (5A21, Hall 5) will be invited to take part in a fleet safety benchmarking survey and receive free Fleet Safety Forum resources on a range of topics. Free resources include educational posters, guidance reports for fleet managers, and tyre tread indicators.
The super-efficient Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid - one of the best-selling hybrid-electrified vehicles in Europe in 2013 - is now also available in Volvo Cars’ R-Design specification.
“We sold almost 8,000 plug-in hybrids in 2013. Adding the R-Design dynamic attributes to the V60 Plug-in Hybrid - the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid - will further broaden its appeal. The customer gets segment-topping performance combined with outstanding efficiency,” says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
The latest evolution of the best-selling FIAT Ducato has been unveiled by FIAT Professional. The sixth generation of this hugely successful LCV, which has notched up 2.6 million sales since it was first launched in 1981.
A truly global vehicle, the new FIAT Ducato will be a key element in the growth of FIAT Chrysler Automobiles in the light commercial vehicles sector.
The New Citroën Relay will make its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2014 (NEC, 29 April – 1 May, Hall 5/Stand D40).
Building upon the success of the current Relay range, the New Citroën Relay brings class-leading payloads and load space practicality; square-sided load compartments; wide load decks; and some of the lowest load deck heights in its class. Complementing its load carrying practicality, New Relay also delivers higher levels of standard equipment, extended service intervals; up to 15% more fuel efficient engines and lower emissions – as well as a new range of options to improve safety and driver comfort.
Mercedes-Benz is once again making its presence felt at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, with an all-encompassing stand ranging from the Citan small city van, through to the new Arocs SLT 4-Axle heavy haulage tractor unit.
Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 29 April to 1 May 2014, Mercedes-Benz is presenting its offering on stand 5D10, as well as a full 34-vehicle line-up in the outside exhibition area adjacent to Hall 5 of the NEC, alongside Used Approved Commercial Vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Wentworth Park.
The all-new Ford Transit Courier will offer van operators best-in-class fuel efficiency and load space when the first models are delivered to customers in early summer.
Ford’s first-ever small Transit van delivers unsurpassed fuel efficiency across the diesel and petrol engines range. The 95PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi, Dagenham-built
engine achieves 76.3mpg and 97g/km CO2emissions*, and the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost offers 54.3mpg and 119g/km CO2 ** – 15 per cent better than
the closest rival.
Just over ten years after hand-held mobiles were banned at the wheel, Brake is renewing its call to ban hands-free kits, as a Brake and Direct Line survey reveals that almost half (45%) of drivers admit to chatting when driving. While the use of hand-held phones by drivers has dropped, hands-free use has risen, likely to be linked to the mistaken belief that it is a safe alternative.
Brake and Direct Line's survey reveals:
A major player in the commercial vehicle market in Europe with a very wide range, PEUGEOT continues the renewal of its model offer with the new PEUGEOT Boxer.
Tested over more than two million miles and proven under extreme conditions, the quality, robustness and durability of the new PEUGEOT Boxer is also expressed through a resolutely modern design in the Brand’s style. Low running costs, including best fuel economy in the market, as well as competitive service contracts, ensure ‘peace of mind’ in use.
The wide range of bodies and load capacities – equal to the best in segment, and with standard equipment designed for business users, make everyday life and driving simple on board the new PEUGEOT Boxer. Much more than a means of transport, the new PEUGEOT Boxer is an essential part of business efficiency.
Since the HGV levy was introduced on 1 April 2014, thousands of foreign hauliers operating in the UK have registered to pay it.
Thousands of foreign hauliers who operate in the UK have registered to pay the new HGV levy and are paying the charge, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has announced.
More than 92,000 levies have been purchased for trucks registered in 56 different countries since the HGV levy came into force on 1 April 2014, while nearly 78,000 vehicles have been registered. Initial figures show that compliance is high with around 215 vehicles fined for non-compliance.
Hyundai UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Williams as the company’s new National Fleet Sales Manager. Williams, who was promoted from his previous position as Fleet Operations Manager at Hyundai, begins his new role with immediate effect and will report to Fleet Director, Martin Wilson.
Paul began his career in the motor industry back in 1994 with whole-life cost providers KWIKcarcost where he worked in various roles until 2002 where he finished as National Sales Manager. Following this, Paul joined Jaguar Cars as Corporate Sales Manager until 2009, after which he moved to Hyundai as Fleet Operations Manager before gaining promotion to his new position.