Pod Point has signed a three year supply deal with construction group Kier in a deal that will cover the firm’s offices and potentially even the homes of its employees.
Installations will take place across the UK, including six twin 7kW charge points at its UK headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire, following several successful trials of electric vans for its commercial fleet.
Keen to support the take-up of electric vehicles among its employees, the supply deal with Pod Point will also assist in the deployment of domestic chargers.
Anthony Parish, group director of fleet for Kier, said: “More and more of our workforce are interested in and opting to drive electric cars and we are delighted to support this movement by working with Pod Point as one of our preferred suppliers to install charging points across the country.
“We are committed to offering travel solutions that enable our diverse business and workforce to conduct its work in an environmentally responsible manner and it supports our overall company vision and strategy to reduce our use of energy 30%, by 2030.”
The Department for Transport (DfT) has published 6 technical notice documents setting out the plans it will put in place in the unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Lorry, bus and coach drivers and operators should read the technical notices for:
Included in measures recommended by the Government are that hauliers may want to take steps to prepare for future permitting and trailer registration requirements, and that drivers should ensure they have the right documentation.
Hauliers can find out more about preparing for a 'no deal' by reading the guidance on international road haulage: vehicle operator licences and permits.
The Government remains confident of a deep and special partnership with the EU following exit and a mutually advantageous deal with the EU continues to be the most likely outcome.
Ford and Vodafone are testing connected vehicle tech that can automatically warn other drivers of accidents ahead and shows how to get out of the way of emergency vehicles
The consequences of blocking the progress of emergency vehicles – and delaying their arrival at the scene of an accident – could prove fatal. In fact, experts believe that survival rates for road accident victims can be improved by as much as 40 per cent if they receive treatment just four minutes more quickly.
Together with Vodafone, Ford is now testing connected vehicle technology that could alert drivers to an accident ahead moments after it has happened. Furthermore, the system can provide early warning that emergency vehicles are approaching – and which side of the road they should move towards to avoid being an obstruction
The system is designed to create an “emergency corridor” along which fire engines, ambulances and police vehicles can reach their destinations more quickly; and is being trialled as part of KoMoD (Kooperative Mobilität im digitalen Testfeld Düsseldorf) – a €15 million project for the practical testing of new connected car technologies and automated driving.
“Connected and automated driving are key technologies of the future. Ford has a long history of developing and testing vehicle to traffic infrastructure and vehicle to vehicle communications that can contribute to greater road safety and efficiency across the world. Together with Vodafone and in cooperation with the other companies involved, we will gain decisive insights on the Düsseldorf testing grounds to further advance the networking of vehicles,” said Gunnar Herrmann, CEO, Ford of Germany.
Already, in the event of an accident, “eCall” functionality, which is available on the all-new Focus, can automatically call emergency services, and enables occupants to do so manually by pushing an SOS button inside the car.
Anticipating a future where all vehicles communicate with each other via mobile phone networks and embedded modems, Ford and Vodafone are now exploring how “eCall Plus” might also inform other drivers that there is an accident ahead, across a range of up to 500 metres. Attending emergency vehicles would also issue the warning, using in-car displays to show the correct “emergency corridor” formation.
On two-lane roads “emergency corridors” are created in between the two lanes by drivers pulling over to either side. If there are more than two lanes, then it depends whether the rule of the road is to drive on the left or the right. For those countries where motorists drive on the right, the corridor is created between the lane on the far left and the lane directly alongside.
But even in those countries where it is already a legal requirement for drivers to take this approach, many drivers still do not comply. In Germany, a survey revealed that almost half of all drivers don’t know how to form an “emergency corridor”.
The new technology complements Emergency Vehicle Warning technology that Ford is also testing at KoMoD. This sends a signal from the ambulance, fire engine or police car directly to nearby drivers, so that they will know the exact location of the vehicle and how far away it is. This can be especially useful in urban areas, for example at a crossroads where it might be difficult for drivers to immediately know where the siren is coming from.
“The digital revolution is bringing new forms of mobility which may help save lives on our roads,” said Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO, Vodafone Germany. “When cars communicate with each other, our rescue teams get a clear path forwards, so they can provide the right help at the right time, in situations when every second counts.”
Ford will also test further technologies at KoMoD that demonstrate the potential of connected vehicles. The Traffic Light Assistance System uses information on traffic light timings. A Tunnel Information System uses messages from roadside units to display to the driver warning messages about speed limits, slowly moving vehicles or lane closures.
Back in July 2017 we launched an Alexa skill to allow you to check your vehicle tax and MOT status. Since then it’s been used by more than 14,000 of our customers.
When we updated the skill in March this year, the most common question asked was “when is the skill going to be available on Google Assistant?” Well, the answer is….now!
How Google Assistant can help you
At DVLA we want the millions of citizens and organisations that deal with us every day to be able to access our services in the quickest and easiest way possible. To give you an idea of the size and scale of our customer interactions, in the last financial year we completed more than 1 billion transactions. Our Contact Centre also handles more than 28 million calls a year.
Being an early adopter of voice skills means we’ve been able to provide a new channel for our customers. This will help raise awareness of a vehicle's status so it gets taxed and on the road as simply, safely and efficiently as possible. This information, which is also available on gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax, helps you check the date your vehicle tax is due, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Why being on Google Assistant helps us
Google Home was only launched in the UK in April 2017. Since then, the latest YouGov Smart Speaker report shows that the devices already account for 16% of the smart speaker market in the UK. The report also highlights the number of Brits owning a smart speaker device doubled between 2017 and 2018. As well as being used via a Google Home speaker it’s already available on over 500 million devices worldwide; including Android phones and tablets, iOS devices, more than 40 brands of vehicles and on devices from over 500 manufacturers.
We’re always looking to test new and innovative ways of providing digital services
This is our first trial at building actions for Google Assistant, it will allow us to see how speech recognition and natural language understanding compares between the two major voice platforms. So, what are you waiting for? The link in the actions directory is here...
Just ask for DVLA and give it a go. It’s available on all devices that support Google Assistant.
Our charity has unveiled its new fleet of ŠKODA rapid response cars. Our cars operate at night or in adverse weather conditions, bringing the same doctor-paramedic team, equipment and drugs to a patient’s side as the aircraft.
The update to the fleet means that we will continue to operate at the highest levels of efficiency and safety. The new fleet will continue to use 3 ŠKODA Octavia Estate vRS cars, now updated to new models to ensure state-of-the-art service delivery. In addition to being fast, robust and fitted with additional safety features for blue light driving, the cars now have an extra 15 BHP, an electronically controlled limited slip differential and 19-inch wheels. The fleet also sees the arrival of 2 new ŠKODA Kodiaq Estates, which have increased space to accommodate more medical kit. We have worked with ŠKODA for a number of years to ensure our rapid response vehicles meet the needs of the service
We were able to update its fleet thanks to a donation from ICAP’s Charity Day. The Charity Day is an annual event in which the leading markets operator gives away all their revenues and commissions for one day. We were selected as a beneficiary in 2016. The donation will continue to fund the lease and operation of the cars for the next three years.
Jonathan Jenkins, our charity's CEO, said:
“Our charity aspires to provide urgent care to a critically injured patient care whenever and wherever we are needed. By replacing our rapid response cars and ensuring maximum reliability, safety and speed, we make sure that we can achieve this mission. While the helicopter is the most efficient way of getting to our patients, our cars ensure 24/7 coverage for London and are a critical part of the capital’s emergency infrastructure. In 2017 it was our rapid response cars that delivered our advanced trauma teams to the major incidents at London Bridge and Grenfell Tower.
“The added space of the 2 new Kodiaqs will also allow us to carry more medical equipment than before, meaning that we can continue to provide patients with innovative and advanced pre-hospital care. We would like to express our thanks to ICAP for their generous donation for making our new fleet possible, and helping to save lives in London.”
Northumberland County Council to invest £8.6m over next three years to replace its exisiting 50-strong refuse collection fleet
All 52 Dennis Eagle vehicles will be fitted with Terberg OmniDEL Xtra bin lifts, with the first batch of 24 due to arrive this year. Six of these have already been delivered and are now in service, and it is expected that they will help to deliver a number of improvements compared to the previous models. These include reduced exhaust emissions and better fuel economy, as well as increased waste capacity – meaning fewer time-consuming trips to waste transfer sites.
The narrow rear steer chassis will aid manoeuvrability around smaller streets and tight spots, while full 360-degree camera systems will help to increase safety for staff members and the general public. The vehicles also feature the DennisConnect telematics system, which the Council will be using to encourage more efficient driving through the monitoring of driving style, such as the use of brakes and accelerator.
Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Providing an efficient and reliable regular bin collection service is a cornerstone of what Councils do, and it’s vital we invest in the right equipment to be able to do this.
“Our refuse wagons and crews cover tens of thousands of miles each year in all sorts of weather and it is very rare that they are unable to make a collection.
“Our existing vehicles served us well, but are now in need of replacement, and these new vehicles which are coming into service are cleaner, more efficient, safer and have a greater capacity than the old models – they are state-of-the-art in every aspect and a valuable addition to our fleet.”
Tom Fullerton, Regional Sales Manager at Dennis Eagle, comments: “Back in 2011 we won a contract to supply Northumberland with its previous fleet. Now the time has come to begin replacing these vehicles we are delighted that the Council has again selected Dennis Eagle to meet its requirements.”
LeasePlan Corporation N.V., a global leader in Car-as-a-Service, and SAIC Mobility Europe, a division of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer, today announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to bring the first large full electric Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) to continental Europe, accelerating the shift to zero emission mobility among commercial drivers.
Under the exclusive partnership, LeasePlan will provide operational leasing solutions for SAIC’s Maxus zero emission electric LCVs in continental Europe. The agreement centres on the Maxus EV80, as well as new line extensions. The Maxus EV80 is the first large electric LCV that can be delivered at scale and has a competitive total cost of ownership compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) LCVs.
Tex Gunning, CEO LeasePlan, said:
“Today, there are hardly any LCVs on the market that can meet the increasing demand for last-mile delivery in a sustainable way. Our new partnership with SAIC will enable us to serve the growing need for zero emission LCVs – and at a competitive total cost of ownership compared to ICE vans. Making the transition to an electric fleet is one of the easiest ways for businesses to lower their emissions and to help tackle climate change. LeasePlan is fully committed to making it as easy as possible for all our customers to start electric.”
Speaking at the IAA, Pieter Gabriëls, Managing Director of SAIC Mobility Europe, said:
“Securing this new agreement with LeasePlan, a world leader in Car-as-a-Service, underlines the demand for the EV80, as well as the robust business plan for Europe which we are now putting in place.”
Operational leasing services provided by LeasePlan for the new, sustainable range of Maxus LCVs will include configuration and customisation, finance, insurance, fleet management, repair, maintenance, tyres and remarketing. In addition, LeasePlan will provide Maxus electric LCV customers with end-to-end charging infrastructure, as well as access to a network of 75,000 charging points through LeasePlan’s existing partnership with Allego.
You may have seen a number of headlines about the HGV road user levy recently, thanks to a new policy announcement from the Department for Transport. To help explain the substance behind those headlines, it’s worth looking in detail at what exactly the road user levy is – and what the Government is doing to it.
What is the HGV road user levy?The levy was introduced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government via the HGV Road User Levy Act 2013. As of 1 April 2014, all lorries weighing 12 tonnes or more that drive in the UK have to pay it, whether they are registered in the UK or come here from abroad.
The amount due depends on the weight of the vehicle and how many axles it has. The annual rates for different HGVs are shown in the table below.
For UK-based hauliers, the road user levy is offset against Vehicle Excise Duty, so most were made no worse off by the introduction of the levy. The main aim was to ensure that foreign hauliers also contribute to the cost of Britain’s roads.
Levy cut for cleanest lorries
The recent news stories about the road user levy were generated by a government policy revealed in March. Roads Minister Jesse Norman announced changes designed ‘to encourage firms to phase out the most polluting lorries and bring in the cleanest ones’.
As of 1 February 2019, all HGVs that meet the latest emissions standards (known as Euro VI) will receive a 10% discount on the road user levy. Those that don’t meet the Euro VI standards will have to pay 20% more than they do now.
So, for example, a Euro VI lorry that currently faces a £1,000 levy will only have to pay £900, whereas a pre-Euro VI lorry that currently pays £1,000 will have to pay £1,200.
Bigger changes to come?
These changes may be just the beginning. In last year’s Spring Budget, the Government announced that it would ‘work with industry to update the levy so that it rewards hauliers that plan their routes efficiently, to incentivise the efficient use of roads and improve air quality.’
The Department for Transport held a call for evidence on possible reforms to the levy between November and January, but ministers have yet to bring forward any concrete proposals. Here’s what the consultation document did say, though:
‘'We are interested in views on how international models could work in a UK context, for example whether a charge based on the amount of distance travelled by HGVs and by the emissions class of vehicle, could help to meet these objectives, or a differentiated time-based charge.’
Based on this, The Times reported in December that ‘Mileage and emissions-based charges could be introduced for lorries to cut traffic’ and even that ‘industry figures predicted that it would act as a test bed for a universal system for all vehicles.’
Nevertheless, six months have passed and we’re still waiting to learn what fate awaits the road user levy.
A new fleet of electric vehicles have been introduced at County Hall in Chichester as West Sussex Council County takes steps to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.
Four pool cars have been unveiled for staff to use when making essential business trips and the vehicles have already proved to be very popular.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The government has announced plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. We want to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in the county and as a first step we are introducing electric cars for staff to use on a six month trial basis.
“Introducing electric vehicles will not only help us to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions, but it will also reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.”
The vehicles are only available at Chichester at this stage, but may be rolled out to other council hubs if the trial is successful.
Deborah added: “As well as the environmental benefits, the new vehicles will also provide financial savings in the long-run as low emission vehicles are less costly to maintain and cheaper to run. They’re also exempt from road fund licencing.”
Ambulance Services will announce at our Annual General Meeting today (25 September) that we are teaming up with South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust to look at potential efficiencies through projects like joint procurement of vehicles, equipment and IT systems.
London Ambulance Service and South Central Ambulance Service provide 999/111 urgent and emergency care services for 16 million people between us, and we are also committed to working more closely together and learning from each other’s best practices.
London Ambulance Service Chief Executive Garrett Emmerson said:
“Our patients expect and deserve the best care we can provide and that means making every £1 of tax payers’ money count."
Garrett Emmerson – Chief Executive, London Ambulance Service“Our five year strategy is improving the way in which we provide urgent and emergency care to people who live, work or travel in London in the most cost effective way.
“And we know that to keep improving, we need to partner with the wider NHS – and that’s what this partnership is all about, working with and learning from our neighbours to ensure the best care for the 16 million people who live and work across London and the South Central region.”
South Central Ambulance Service Chief Executive Will Hancock said:
“We already work closely together with London Ambulance Service, including at incidents which happen on or near our boundaries, during large scale planned events and major incidents. With ever increasing demands on ambulance services across the country, such partnerships will be crucial to ensure that the improvements in patient care and experience, working environments for staff and innovations in service delivery can be delivered within our existing resources."
Will Hancock, Chief Executive, South Central Ambulance Service “Many of our residents in the South Central region commute into London daily to work. We would also therefore like to explore opportunities to improve patient care for that large body of people we share between our two services, for example, through closer working between our 111 and integrated urgent care services.
“People might call 111 during the day and have a face to face appointment booked for them nearer home when they return.”
South Central Ambulance Service covers Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire (as well as Sussex and Surrey for non-emergency patient transport services) and London Ambulance Service covers the 32 London boroughs.
At our Annual Public Meeting – which begins at 17.30 on Tuesday 25 September – we will present an overview of the year and hold a Q&A with our Board. We will also discuss our mental health care and the importance of alternative healthcare pathways – and are delighted to be joined by speakers with unique insights into mental health care.
The event will be live streamed on YouTube, with the opportunity to ask questions via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
New and updated vehicles will be added to ambulance fleets to help staff provide emergency care to patients this winter following a £36.3 million government investment. Part of the long-term plan for the NHS, the capital investment will increase support for paramedics and ambulance staff.
Announced by Health Minister Stephen Barclay, the funding builds on the recent announcement that paramedics will be given body cameras to increase protection from violence, in a trial involving 465 ambulances and paramedic teams.
London Ambulance Service is set to increase its fleet with an extra 25 double-crewed ambulances as a result of £3.85 million investment, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service will increase its fleet with 62 double-crewed ambulances, due to £7.5 million in funding.
Nationally, the investment will buy 256 new state-of-the-art vehicles, more than half of which will be on the road for this winter.
Funding will also go towards ‘make ready’ hubs at ambulance trust headquarters, which will allow better restocking and maintenance of vehicles. This will see specialist staff quickly restock, refuel and clean ambulances, getting them back on the road faster.
Health Minister Stephen Barclay said:
In some of the most worrying and vulnerable moments in our lives, dedicated ambulance staff are there, providing expert, calm and reassuring care to patients in often highly pressurised and sometimes dangerous situations.
They are there for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we want to make sure that in the 70th year of the NHS we’re supporting them with state-of-the-art equipment, meaning they can provide a better service to patients.
Professor Keith Willett, NHS England Medical Director for Acute Care, said:
"We welcome this additional funding, which will allow ambulance trusts to begin to invest in new fleets and infrastructure ahead of this winter, when we know they will once again come under pressure.
Our English ambulance services are to be congratulated for successfully implementing a new evidence-based way of prioritising and responding to 999 calls, and early results are encouraging. This additional investment will help ambulance trusts to deliver the quality of service and excellent patient outcomes that are at the heart of the Ambulance Response Programme."
Vehicle leasing companies are offering innovative solutions to housing associations keen to include electric vehicles in their fleets
Just a few years ago diesel was king, championed as a clean fuel and backed by a friendly vehicle excise duty regime. Today, it is in retreat and if the government achieves its ambitions, new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned by 2040; by 2050 the only cars and vans on UK roads by will be zero emission.
Many housing association fleet procurement managers are in a quandary. The range of electric vehicles they require may not yet be available – large panel vans, for example, are few and far between – and the charging infrastructure, whilst rapidly increasing, remains immature.
At the same time, the government’s Clean Air Zone Framework published in May encourages local authorities to use procurement to incentivise the switch to ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs). Potentially, housing associations bidding for public sector contracts could, even before 2040, be scored against questions about the sustainability of their fleets, with those proactively making the switch to alternatively fuelled vehicles and holding accreditations such as Go Ultra Low company status faring better than those that don’t.
Right now there are more questions than answers. Will retrofitting diesels or a new era of reliable, fixed particulate filters throw diesel a lifeline? How can the national grid cope with the shift to electric? Is it realistic to close all unabated coal fired power stations by 2025 given the withdrawal of subsidies for renewables, public resistance to fracking, issues with nuclear generation and the impact of Brexit? Leasing cannot answer all questions relating to current energy and transport policy but it gives housing associations the space, support and flexibility to respond to them as they evolve.
Suppliers under the PfH vehicle leasing framework are increasingly offering a full range of support for those wishing to include EVs as part of their fleet. As well as leasing the vehicles themselves, they are offering consultancy services and either advice or direct access to charging infrastructure.
Venson’s CeanFleet service will analyse customer data to assess the feasibility of switching to electric or plug-in (hybrid) fleets. Europcar is happy to allow extended EV trials for multiple employees as well as training on how to get the most out of the vehicles. Leaseplan is about to offer a full package for EVs including vehicles, consultancy, charging points, an app that allows drivers to book charging and an emobility card (the equivalent of a fuel card). Each supplier has its own unique approach with inbuilt flexibility to offer to a bespoke service.
EVs aren’t yet appropriate for everyone but housing associations are beginning to review their fleets and consider whether it is possible to downsize part of that fleet in order to make a partial switch. They are speaking to suppliers about the potential to switch to EVs mid-framework. They are varying the length of contracts so they can review their fleet once EV infrastructure has developed further or have greater clarity about issues such as the operation of their local clean air zone and where technology and government taxes, incentives and wider policy are taking us. The autumn Budget will answer some of those questions but much uncertainty will undoubtedly remain.
In recent years vehicle technology has moved in leaps and bounds. A solar and electric car is being developed, hydrogen is on the move, compressed and liquefied gas vehicles may be close behind. Given the choice available today and those waiting in the wings, a growing number of housing associations are choosing a fleet with a mix of conventional and alternatively powered vehicles. Flexibility is the key to future-proofing your fleets.
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The current framework expires on 20 August 2021.
Ore Valley Group has contributed to the current global push towards more sustainable greener transport with the recent installation of four electric vehicle charging points in Cardenden and Lochgelly.
Two of the charging points are located in Ore Valley Housing Association’s head office car park in Cardenden and the other two, which are fast chargers, are at the Ore Valley Business Centre in Lochgelly.
The installation of these devices, the first electric vehicle charging points in both towns, helps further expand the national electric vehicle charging network across Fife and fills a significant gap between Cowdenbeath and Glenrothes where no public charging facilities were previously available.
The charging points are free for public use for the first 12 months to encourage uptake and are part of the ChargePlace Scotland network which coordinates availability through mobile apps and the internet. Further information can be found online at www.chargeplacescotland.org.
In addition to the electric vehicle charging points, the Association has acquired two electric fleet vehicles in an effort to reduce transport emissions from staff travel. Our new Renault Zoe car and Renault Kangoo van, complete with Ore Valley Group logos, will become regular sights across Fife.
Andrew Saunders, Ore Valley Housing Association’s CEO, said: “Having these new electric vehicles available will not only allow us to work more efficiently, it will reduce our work related travel costs over time and also, quite critically, reduce our impact on the environment.”
The charging points and electric vehicles were funded with support from the Scottish Government’s schemes, led by the Energy Saving Trust, which aim to assist with the adoption of electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure across the country.
Tai Tarian Housing Association in south Wales has just taken delivery of 69 Vauxhall vans.
They will use the Vauxhall vans to continue its work across Neath Port Talbot, South Wales.
The social housing company services residents across the borough of Neath Port Talbot. Tai Tarian is one of the largest social landlords in Wales.
The Vauxhall vans, which include Combo, Movano and Vivaro, will be used across multiple trades as part of its property management and maintenance work, covering over 9,000 properties.
Mair Jones, Fleet Manager at Tai Tarian, commented:
“With our previous ageing fleet of light commercial vehicles we were keen to source a fleet of reliable, aesthetically pleasing, fuel efficient vehicles that could help us continue to improve our carbon footprint.
“We believe that Vauxhall are the perfect fit for us taking these aims into consideration. The vehicles look great with their conversions and new livery design, they will serve to improve our visibility and reputation in the community in which we work.”
Tai Tarian specified its Vivaros with bespoke racking, the flexibility of the space enabling the vans to be modified exactly as required. The Vivaro order included a mixture of panel van and double cab body styles.
Tai Tarian also selected the Movano heavy van offering, opting for a selection including panel vans, chassis cabs and crew cabs. With the Combo, Tai Tarian chose panel vans and crew vans.
Broadacres has invested in new fleet of vehicles as part of its drive to improve its customer experience across North Yorkshire and surrounding areas.
Over the next two months Broadacres will take delivery of 103 new commercial vans which will be used to deliver its property management and maintenance services to over 6,000 homes.
The vehicles will also never be off the road because Broadacres has entered into a new repair and maintenance contract with local dealer Simon Bailes which will see servicing and other work being done outside working hours.
The vans will feature Broadacres’ new logo, which has been introduced in its 25th anniversary year and as part of its recently launched new corporate strategy.
Gail Teasdale, Chief Executive of Broadacres, said: “Our previous fleet of light commercial vehicles was ageing, so we needed to source new, reliable and fuel efficient vehicles that could help us further improve the experience we provide to our customers, as well as continue to lower our carbon footprint.
“The timing also coincided with the launch of our new branding, which reflects what we are striving to achieve as a organisation and in particular our vision to become the best rural housing association in the UK.
“This is underpinned by one of the strands of our new mission which is to deliver great customer experiences.
“Having the new vehicles will enable us to better respond to the needs of customers and when you consider the large geographical spread of our homes, this is particular important.
“Through our new contract with Simon Bailes, we will also be able to ensure the new fleet is maintained to a high standard whilst never having to be off the road.”
The UK government has published a series of technical notices which set out plans to be put into place in the unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has published 6 documents.
This information demonstrates the potential impact a no deal scenario will have on areas of transport policy, including the haulage industry and those driving in and flying to and from Europe.
The government remains confident of a deep and special partnership with the EU following exit and a mutually advantageous deal with the EU continues to be the most likely outcome.
But the DfT is making the sensible step of putting in place contingency measures to ensure holidaymakers and businesses can continue to travel and export after Brexit.
UK citizens planning a trip to Europe in the short term do not need to take immediate action. The government will set out clearly and in good time what additional steps may be required.
For business, a more proactive approach will be necessary to ensure new procedures are in place for March 2019 and details are given in the notices.
Included in measures recommended by the government today are:
These notices are in addition to the ongoing active engagement we continue to have with stakeholders across transport to discuss impacts and opportunities from EU Exit. These discussions will continue.
Throughout the whole of the Brexit process, the government’s aim has been to ensure that all travel – whether business or personal – remains as friction-free as possible after we leave the EU. It is our intention to recognise EUstandards of security and safety and expect our European partners to do the same. It is clearly in our mutual interests to do so.
You can now read technical notices on: