Coach & Bus UK just got even more unmissable, following the latest announcement that Martin Griffiths, CEO of Stagecoach Group, and Gareth Powell, MD of Surface Transport at Transport for London (TfL), will host opening day Keynote sessions at their industry show (Wednesday 2 October, NEC Birmingham).
Stagecoach & autonomous buses
Mr Griffiths will be making his speaker debut talking about the (future) role of autonomous vehicles in the PCV sector. Known for his inspirational leadership and strong customer-focused approach, he’s been an integral part of the British transport giant for over 20 years (he was appointed CEO in 2013 and, prior to that, was finance director from 2000). Under his leadership, the multi-modal operator continues to spearhead ground-breaking new technologies to ‘progress and improve’ operations for their 2.5m passengers every day.
A Highways England initiative to improve road safety on the M1 helped to reduce collisions by almost a third.
In May this year, three HGV supercabs spent a week on the motorway to capture dangerous driving. They were used by six police forces.
What impact did the initiative have?
Highways England found that during the initiative, incidents fell from 90 during the previous week to 64 during the week of action.
So the week of action helped reduce collisions by almost a third.
The new Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 is now on sale in the UK, setting new segment standards for style, refinement, safety, efficiency and all-round capability. With more than 4.7 million units built since its debut in 1978, the sixth generation L200 builds on Mitsubishi Motors’ 40-year history of building tough and dependable pickups.
EV charging stations surpass number of fuel stations in less than 100 years since UK's first petrol pump was installed
There are now almost 1,000 more public places to charge electric cars than there are forecourts to pump petrol in the UK – 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations.1
The crossover happened more than a year before Nissan’s 2016 prediction of August 2020 – a result of the accelerating adoption of EVs (electric vehicles) amongst UK motorists.
In less than a century since Britain’s first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire2 – the number of forecourts has peaked, declined and been overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion, powered cars.
Driving licence and IDPs
You may need one or more international driving permits (IDPs), as well as your UK driving licence to drive in an EU or EEA country.
Find out which IDPs you might need to drive in an EU or EEA country.
If you have a UK licence you will not need an IDP to drive when visiting Ireland.
Insurance for your vehicle, caravan or trailerYou will need to carry a motor insurance green card when driving in the EUand EEA.
Zenobe Energy, a leading UK owner and operator of battery storage, today announces its collaboration with Abellio in London. The project will be bringing 34 electric buses to areas across south London by March 2020.
New MOT equipment will need to be able to connect to the MOT testing service.
From 1 October 2019, anyone buying a new roller brake tester will need to make sure it's a model that can connect to the MOT testing service.
Vauxhall has announced the brand-new Surround Rear Vision camera system for the Combo Cargo, further enhancing safety for the driver and other road users. The system is the perfect partner in dense urban traffic, providing all-round visibility and helping drivers to safely turn and manoeuvre the van.
Euro Car Parts has added to its extensive fleet of PEUGEOT vans and cars with an order for 300 all-new Partner vans.
The Partners will help to deliver the company’s extensive parts range to branches and customers. Each day, over 2,750 Euro Car Parts vehicles make over 60,000 deliveries to independent and franchised Dealers, fleet service centres and bodyshops. The company makes a delivery on average every 1.7 seconds.
The New Hyundai IONIQ has officially maintained its maximum rating of five stars from the independent Euro NCAP for crash safety. The IONIQ Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric versions of the New IONIQ all keep this maximum score.
When it comes to the protection of adults and young occupants, pedestrians, or to its supporting safety systems, the New IONIQ sets standards in all Euro NCAP evaluation criteria – and not only within its own class but in comparison with more expensive vehicles in larger segments.
IAM RoadSmart says it’s time to bust the myth of multi-tasking behind the wheel, to ensure drivers are fully aware of how dangerous a hands-free mobile phone can be.
With the report Road Safety: Driving While Using a Mobile Phone issued today (13 August) stating that “using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous, with potentially catastrophic consequences,” IAM RoadSmart says there needs to be much stricter controls on the use of hands-free mobile phones in cars – and they remain a major distraction to the task of driving.
Watson Fuels has announced its sponsorship of the 2019 British Construction Industry Awards (BCIAs).
The nationwide fuels and lubricants provider will be supporting the event for the seventh year running, this year sponsoring the Environment and Sustainability Initiative of the Year award.
The BCIAs are the construction sector’s most prestigious Awards. The Awards recognise and reward excellence in project delivery, with the annual ceremony attended by over 1,000 senior executives from key industry leaders and stakeholders.
Road safety campaigners have been lobbying for safer roads for decades. Countless lives have been saved as a result, but with the growing number of vehicles on the roads, sadly fatalities are still commonplace. Here, Emily Hardy, from road safety technology company Brigade Electronics UK, explains how the company is working with the charity RoadPeace to proactively promote the prevention of HGV collisions.
Crown Commercial Service has awarded its latest vehicle hire agreement - with a focus on boosting car share solutions and making it easy for customers to deliver social value.
Public Sector Vehicle Hire Solutions gives customers access to solutions including car hire, light commercial vehicles (LCV), on-road and full off-road 4x4s, minibuses, heavy goods vehicles, international vehicle hire and car share schemes.
Crown Oil has invested in a stock of carbon-neutral, renewable and sustainable HVO biofuel in a bid to shift demand in UK transport sector from diesel and gas oil to an alternative with a vastly reduced environmental impact. This makes Crown Oil the only UK fuel supplier that can supply the synthetic premium biofuel in any quantity, within the same delivery times as all its other products.
Lightfoot, the maker of the world’s first technology to reward better drivers, has this week announced the launch The Drivers’ Lottery, a new cash-prize initiative that will give smooth van fleet drivers, company car drivers and grey fleet drivers a 1 in 7 chance of winning anything from £2 to £100 each and every week.
Just weeks after opening reservations for the battery-electric version, Vauxhall's all-new fifth generation Corsa, which features a new range of high efficiency petrol and diesel powertrains, is available to order now priced from £15,550 on the road.
Arriving in Vauxhall showrooms in January, the new Corsa has undergone a complete overhaul, with every engine variant of the new model emitting less CO2 than even the most efficient versions in the current Corsa. All powertrain options offer reduced fuel consumption, flexibility and refinement, while maintaining the same lively performance and fun driving experience.
Arriving in showrooms in January, Vauxhall’s new Grandland X Hybrid4 is available to order now, priced from £35,590 on-the-road and bringing with it significant cost benefits for business drivers.
As Vauxhall’s first-ever plug-in hybrid, the new Grandland X Hybrid4 features state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid technology. The powertrain comprises an electric drive system with two electric motors, all-wheel drive, a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a 1.6T four-cylinder petrol engine (combined 300hp) that has been specially engineered for the hybrid application.
The newly launched Scala has been called into service to join the ranks of ŠKODA’s celebrated blue-light fleet line-up.
The ŠKODA Scala’s advanced driver assistance and safety features make it an ideal partner for the emergency services. The brand also offers a ‘one-stop shop’ for blue-light fleets that includes full vehicle conversion, which sees the generous interior – with a vast 467 litre boot (extendable to 1,410 litres with rear seats folded down) – able to fit both passengers and equipment, comfortably.