Driving licence fees are set to fall by up to 32% under plans announced today by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and Transport Minister Claire Perry.
The proposals are contained in a public consultation on driver licensing fees. The consultation sets out a proposed reduction in driving licence fees of 32% for digital transactions and 15% for paper applications.
As part of the proposals, drivers who apply online for their first driving licence would see the fee drop from £50 to £34. Drivers who renew their licence after 10 years would see the fee drop from £20 to £14. All driver tachograph cards would fall from £38 to £32.
The TPPL team are delighted to inform you that Nissan have confirmed to us support levels for our customers on their Electric van range. Namely e-NV200 Van Acenta and e-NV200 Van Tekna models. The support terms are detailed within the members area section of www.tppl.co.uk; these new terms make the choice of Nissan product and electric vans even more competitively priced.
Municipal contractor Biffa has deployed a new fleet of specialist collection vehicles worth nearly £2 million to support Isle of Anglesey County Council’s plans to increase recycling on the Welsh island and to reduce costs.
The authority is performing well with a recycling and composting rate of 56%.
Anglesey’s collection system is based on weekly collections of food waste and dry recyclables through a one-pass collection system, and alternate week collections of refuse and green waste in separate wheeled bins.
Nottingham’s first fleet of all-electric taxis has gone into service for the first time, ushering in a new era of cleaner and greener transport in the city.
History was made when Councillor Alan Clark, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, was the first fare in one of six Nissan LEAFs operated by leading Midlands cab company DG Cars.
Crown Commercial Service has announced a supplier tender opportunity: Vehicle Purchase (RM1070) It is developing a new vehicle purchase agreement for the supply of motor vehicles to the UK public sector and their appointed agents. The aim of the agreement is to appoint suppliers who will be responsible for the complete supply chain from vehicle manufacture through to after sales support. The agreement will replace the current arrangement for Vehicle Purchase (RM859).For further information go to ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-buyer/procurement-pipeline/vehicle-purchase
ACFO has achieved a notable victory for members with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) announcing that employers will be able to check the validity of employees’ driving licences via its soon-to-be-launched online service free of charge.
It is the latest triumph for ACFO, the UK’s premier fleet decision-maker organisation, as it continues to work closely with the DVLA in the development of its new Share My Driving Record (SMDR) web-based service.
National speed limit for heavy goods vehicles of more than 7.5 tonnes on single carriageways increased from 40 mph to 50 mph.
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Claire Perry, has announced (24 July 2014) that the government is proposing, following a public consultation, to increase the national speed limit for heavy goods vehicles of more than 7.5 tonnes on single carriageways from 40 mph to 50 mph.
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK (MMUK) has been confirmed as preferred supplier to the Highways Agency which has placed an order for 40 SG3 Shoguns for quarter three supply, in addition to the 30 vehicles delivered in March.
Alan Rowley, Contracts Manager for the Highways Agency, said: “I would like to confirm that the contract for the supply of the next 40 Highways Agency Traffic Officer vehicles has been awarded and the vehicle chosen for the task is the Mitsubishi Shogun. The Mitsubishi Shogun with its exceptional towing capacity, high reliability, low running costs and large boot space make it particularly suited for its Traffic Officer role. As fleet manager I am extremely pleased to be continuing our already long standing relationship with Mitsubishi and am happy to welcome them onto my fleet."
In addition to the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3.5 t Panel van, the innovative Crosswind Assist is now available as standard for 3.5 t Chassis Cab variants. In addition, the system is also part of the standard specification for the 3.0 t Sprinter Panel van, short wheelbase models and super-high roof variants.
It has not yet been a year since the standard Crosswind Assist celebrated its premiere in the large-van segment with the launch of new Sprinter. The focus was initially on the most common variants, but now the innovative safety system is also part of the standard equipment for many additional variants.
Not only did the sun shine brightly on the competitors of the Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2014 competition, but their professionalism, knowledge and excellent driving skills also shone through as “second to none” with every cone left in place by the final 12 who took part.
Drivers were put to the test through five separate tasks which were designed to test their overall ability behind the wheel. Six elements of the competition examined driving skills (fuel economy and driver behaviour), manoeuvring ability, the drivers’ risk awareness, checked legislative knowledge, and ability to identify pre-use defects of the vehicle. The drivers were scored on each element of the competition and ranked from based on their scores.
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