Rescroft Ltd and Diversified Communications UK has announced that the Accessibility Zone – ‘Accessible Solutions by Rescroft’ – at Coach & Bus Live 2015 has received further industry support from the Community Transport Association (CTA) and Association of Transport Coordinating Officers (ATCO).
The CTA will be inviting its members to a hosted seminar at Coach & Bus Live, the two-day autumn showcase for the UK’s bus, coach and passenger transport technology sector (taking place on 30 September and 1 October at the NEC Birmingham). The initiative will give CTA members the opportunity to visit the display of over 30 specialised suppliers in the dedicated Accessibility Zone.
Fleet operators and suppliers are being urged to enter Brake's Fleet Safety Awards 2015. The road safety charity, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year, has already received entries from across the globe and is reminding companies they only have one month left to enter. The deadline for entries is Friday, 22 May 2015. Winners will then be announced during a glitzy awards ceremony and dinner at St John's Hotel, Solihull, on Thursday, 1 October 2015.
Brake’s Fleet Safety Awards, sponsored by Arval, is a prestigious awards programme, recognising the achievements of organisations and individuals working to reduce the number of road crashes involving at-work drivers. Last year’s winners represent a diverse range of organisations, including E.ON, Ocado, and Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service.
The 2015 Awards will be offered in 11 categories, ranging from an Eco Fleet Award to Road Safety in the Community. The deadline for entering the 2015 Awards is Friday 22 May 2015. And this year entering has been made even easier, with just one simple form to fill in.
Visit the event website, www.fleetsafetyawards.com, where you can download the awards entry form, together with guidance notes for entrants, and book tickets for the awards ceremony. Or contact Brake on 01484 559909 or firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has reacted with dismay at the lack of priority given to cutting deaths on UK roads by the main political parties in their election manifestos.
Despite road accidents being the leading cause of death for males and females between five and 19, and the third leading cause of death for both males and females aged 20-34 (reference 1) in England and Wales no party has published any long or short-term initiatives to tackle such a significant cause of death amongst young people.
The number of vehicles stolen in England and Wales has fallen by 70% in the past decade, according to data released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Latest figures show 69,547 vehicles were stolen last year, compared to 231,323 in 2004. Vehicle theft fell by 1.2%, or 842 incidents, compared with 2013 and the crime is now at its lowest point since 1968. With more than 36 million vehicles on the road, today’s figures show that just 0.2% of all vehicles were stolen in 2014.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched a van maintenance campaign to help van operators take better care of their vehicles and improve safe driving.
It comes after a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) survey found that almost two-thirds (63%) of the 10,800 vans it stops each year have serious mechanical defects. More than nine out of 10 (93%) are overloaded.
Just twenty days away from the General Election, Britain’s political parties have yet to provide answers to some of the key concerns facing fleet operators.
The BVRLA’s close examination of the manifestos published by the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Green Party has found some positive policy proposals, but also highlighted the lack of attention paid to several major issues.
“Aside from some welcome commitments to roads spending and tackling emissions, there is a lack of bold, progressive policy measures that might galvanise Britain’s drivers and fleet operators,” said BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has responded to the BBC story this morning, suggesting the number of drivers given penalty points for using mobile phones at the wheel fell by 24% last year in England and Wales.
In addition to the BBC’s findings, an earlier study by the Department of Transport showed 1.1 per cent of drivers in England and Scotland were observed holding a phone in their hand with a further 0.5 per cent observed holding the phone to their ear – this is potentially more than 470,000
motorists. This major survey also showed no improvement in those breaking the law since it was last repeated in 2009.
The IAM has long stated the reduction in visible policing meant drivers are flouting the law in larger numbers – and there is no reason to think the trend won’t get worse.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “If 470,000 motorists are using mobile phones illegally and 72,000 tickets and 99,000 courses are being processed; it is a tiny and disappointing response. More worryingly neither approach seems to be having any effect on the numbers observed breaking the law.
“Most are still getting away with it. Until the fear of being caught increases we will continue to see drivers taking risks holding mobile devices while driving.”
Steve Nash, CEO of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) comments on the manifestos of the main political parties...
“It’s tremendously encouraging to see that every political party is making a commitment to the concept of apprenticeships. But we do have a concern about whether the real thinking has been done behind the promises. The ‘competition’ between parties on apprenticeships, is serious and has the potential to damage the brand of ‘apprenticeships’. Particularly as there are some glaring errors that demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding about what apprenticeships actually are – and what role they can play in tackling both the employment and skills challenges of the UK.”
According to the figures published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) yesterday, in 2014 average new car emissions were 123.4g CO2/km compared to 186g CO2/km in 1995 - a 33.7% decrease over the period. This is the result of the long-term efforts of the automobile industry, which have been sustained both with and without legislation.
Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), said: “Thanks to huge efforts by European automobile manufacturers and billions of euros worth of investment in R&D, Europe’s cars currently meet the highest environmental standards in the world.
New research from Go Ultra Low has shown that commercial vehicle operators and fleet managers are missing out on a share of more than £2.6 billion potential fuel savings, accessible by opting for an ultra-low emission van.
Compared with the cost of operating a diesel-powered van, nearly half (1.8 million) of the 3.7 million vans on UK roads could tap-in to the typical £1,459 per vehicle* annual savings on the cost of fuel. Millions of operators run small and medium-sized vans as back-to-base or short-haul vehicles, a duty-cycle perfectly suited to pure-electric vans (e.g. the Nissan e-NV200 and Renault Kangoo Van Z.E.) and plug-in hybrids (e.g. the Mitsubishi Outlander 4Work).
A leading UK car sharing club has chosen an all-Renault fleet of eight 100 per cent electric ZOE hatchbacks and two all-electric Kangoo Van Z.E. for its first launch in Scotland.
E-Car Club is launching in St Andrews in partnership with St Andrews University and Transport Scotland.
Its fleet of 10 Renault vehicles will be located across the town, famous for its golf club and university, and will be available for the public to hire on an hourly or daily basis.
Advanced Plasma Power is shortlisted in £25m Department for Transport competition to construct advanced biofuel demonstrator
Advanced Plasma Power (APP), the advanced waste to energy and fuels company, National Grid (NG), Progressive Energy (PEL) and CNG Services (CNG) are one of six consortia that have been shortlisted to receive funding to demonstrate the scaled up production of transport fuels from non-food waste biomass. The projects will represent a significant move towards realising the UK’s 10% renewable commitment in transport fuels by 2020 and the advanced biofuels target currently under discussion in the European Parliament.
CLOCS – Construction Logistics & Cycle Safety – is currently demonstrating the construction industry’s drive to improve the safety of vulnerable road users at the CV Show 2015, with two CLOCS supporters showcasing the initiative as part of their own stands.
Between 2008 and 2013, 55% of cyclist fatalities in London involved a heavy goods vehicle and nationally large goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are involved in approximately 15% of cyclist and 10% of pedestrian fatalities. Construction vehicles in particular have been found to be overrepresented in these figures. In London in 2011, seven of the nine HGVs involved were construction related.
The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has announced a call for nominations from organisations that have made a real difference in the area of low carbon road transport. There are seven Award categories, covering areas ranging from cars to innovation, from fuels to publication, and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner taking place alongside Cenex’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event on Wednesday 9 September 2015.
Building on the success of last year’s celebration, the Champions Awards and Cenex’s LCV dinner is on track to be bigger and even better this year. This collaboration between the LowCVP and Cenex-LCV is surely the low carbon transport networking event of the year.
As Isuzu UK continues to make in-roads into the fleet sector with its award winning D-Max pickup, the company has today announced the appointment of a network of dedicated fleet centres around the country.
The fleet centres have been selected to cater for the specific requirements of fleet drivers and managers in an initiative that clearly demonstrates Isuzu’s intent within the fleet sector.
Isuzu UK has just signed its biggest ever fleet deal, with the Environment Agency placing an order for 197 D-Max pick-ups after an extensive tendering process.
The new fleet – a mix of 4x4 single cab, extended cab and double cab utility-spec models – will be delivered over the next three months. The pick-ups will all be finished in silver and will be fitted with drop-in top liner bodies from Strongs and racking from Bott. Each vehicle will be supplied with BF Goodrich All Terrain tyres, full Chapter 8 livery and will be Environment Agency branded.
Road safety professionals are being urged to register now for Road Safety Week 2015 (23-29 November), the UK’s biggest road safety event. The charity Brake, which coordinates the event, is encouraging road safety professionals to go to www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk for ideas on taking advantage of the event to bolster their year-round life-saving work, and register for a free pack of electronic resources.
Road Safety Week is now in its 19th year and coordinated with the support of headline sponsor Specsavers and the Department for Transport. It’s a great time to for road safety professionals to join forces with local partners to run high-profile community engagement and awareness campaigns promoting safer, sustainable, responsible road use, and make use of free resources from Brake on this year’s theme.
FGA Capital UK, the UK finance arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has today announced that it will be rebranding to FCA Automotive Services UK. This follows the creation, in January 2015, of FCA Bank Spa after the group holding company was granted its banking licence in Italy.
The new status of the holding company as a bank will further underpin the group’s reputation as a solid institution among international investors, enabling it to more effectively diversify funding and, as a result, offer customers even more attractive products.
Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd has announced that, effective immediately, its company name has changed to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK Ltd.
The name change, which represents the latest phase in the adoption of the new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles corporate identity, is intended to emphasise the fact that all Group companies worldwide are part of a single organisation.
It further underlines the success of the integration and the new, global organisation that has been created between the Fiat and Chrysler groups.
The next government must make road safety a top priority with more than 50 per cent of motorists believing the current administration had not made the issue enough of a concern, according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
A total of 2,156 people took part in the IAM survey throughout March 2015. The number one gripe amongst those who answered the poll said reducing the number of potholes should be the government’s number one action point, with 70 per cent of respondents voting for this.