Three quarters of UK automotive businesses fear a ‘no-deal’ Brexit will threaten their future viability, according to a new member survey announced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) at its 102nd annual dinner in London this evening. The results highlight the critical need for a Brexit withdrawal deal and transition to prevent the industry falling off the cliff-edge on March 29 when the UK leaves its largest and closest trading partner, the EU.
Chevin Fleet Solutions welcomes a recent report by Lord Carter, “Operational productivity and performance in English NHS Ambulance Trusts”, that highlights a need for fleet management software investment within ambulance services.
Kettering Borough Council and Corby Borough Council are merging their waste, recycling, grounds and cleansing services to residents, starting with the procurement of a new fleet of vehicles, due for delivery on 2 February 2019.
As part of the merger, Corby’s current service, which has been outsourced for over ten years, will be brought back in-house. Kettering will be the lead authority for the new shared service.
Vehicle operators found using tyres more than 10 years old will face a follow-up investigation and potential regulatory action.
From the 23 November 2018, if the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) finds a tyre more than 10 years old as part of its routine heavy vehicle enforcement work, it will carry out follow-up investigations on the vehicle operator.
DFT: Bold new measures to keep people safe on the roads - combating road rage, encouraging more mutual respect between road users and protecting the vulnerable - released in 2 year action plan to improve road safety.
A number of ground-breaking initiatives have been announced as part of a 2 year action plan to improve road safety.
The 50 proposed new measures are part of the government’s plan to combat road rage, encourage greater mutual respect between road users and protect the most vulnerable.
Eligible housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland can bid for a share of the £700,000 of grant funding from Energy Saving Trust to procure the services of a zero emission car club service for their tenants and the wider local community
The Plugged-in Households Grant Fund (PiHHs Grant Fund) is an opportunity for not-for-profit housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland to apply for funding to procure the services of a zero emission car club vehicle, for use by their tenants and the wider local community.
More than 280,000 homes in Scotland are part of housing associations and co-operatives. Often tenants of these developments don't have access to private, off-street parking spaces, which means they can't participate in the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) market unless they charge solely off public charge points.
Eligible housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland can bid for a share of the £700,000 of grant funding available from Energy Saving Trust to procure the services of a zero emission car club service for their tenants and the wider local community. A car club provides shared access to one or more vehicles as an alternative to private car ownership. This provides:
Guide to maintaining roadworthiness -Commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles has been updated
GreenFleet EV Champions
Each year, the GreenFleet Awards recognises individuals working in the automotive industry which have championed the cause of Electric Vehicle uptake.
2018 Winners included:
Sara Sloman, North Somerset Council
Sathish Sethuraman, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year
Recognising an individual currently working as a fleet manager in a UK public sector organisation that has demonstrated innovation, dedication and a commitment to making carbon reduction a priority in their day to day duties.
2018 Winner: Terry Pycroft - Leeds City Council
Public Sector Fleet of the Year (Medium to Large)
Awarding the UK public sector organisation with a fleet of more than 300 vehicles that can demonstrate a reduction in CO₂ and other pollutants through fuel efficiency programmes, green fleet management and driver awareness training.
2018 Winner: City of Swansea
Public Sector Fleet of the Year (Small to Medium)
Awarding the UK public sector organisation with a fleet of less than 300 vehicles that can demonstrate a reduction in CO₂ and other pollutants through fuel efficiency programmes, green fleet management and driver awareness training.
2018 Winner: University of Birmingham
Scotland is to host the trial of the first autonomous full-sized passenger bus fleet after
Innovate UK announced funding to support a successful bid from bus operator Stagecoach
along with partners Transport Scotland, Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL),Fusion Processing Ltd,
ESP Group, Edinburgh Napier University and University of West of England.
The trial – to begin during 2019 – will include five autonomous single deck vehicles which
will run between Fife and Edinburgh across the Forth Road Bridge.
New licence holders who fail to provide evidence face revocation
Every operator has to provide financial evidence when they apply for a licence.
It’s an essential part of the operator licensing scheme and helps promote fair competition.
And that’s important for your business – knowing other licence applicants are required to meet the same standards.
Some new operators can only show the required amount at the time they apply. That’s usually because the business has just been set up. So the licence is granted with an agreement that they’ll send in more financial evidence when it’s available and by a set date.
The Office of the Traffic Commissioner keeps a close eye on these cases.
We’ll write to the operator to request the financial evidence, if it’s not sent by the deadline.
And where the operator doesn’t respond, the Traffic Commissioner will propose to revoke the licence.
The operator can ask for a public inquiry. But if they still can't satisfy the financial tests then the licence will be revoked.
That’s exactly what happened to a scaffolding company in the North West.
Our recently updated guidance on financial standing is available here.
London’s first open-access lamppost EV charge points will be installed by char.gy, after the network agreed a partnership with Southwark Council to offer drivers on-street units within the local authority.
The 50 initial units will be installed in two areas – Borough & Bankside, and Dulwich – and will be accessed using any standard Type 2 public charging cable, activated via char.gy’s website.
Any smartphone browser will be able to load the char.gy webpage; with no app, RFID card, or special cable required to access the unit. Existing lamppost charge points are live in London from ubitricity, though these require a specific cable to access, and are designed for residential use.
The first charge points are now live on Holmdene Avenue in Herne Hill, with the remaining units due to be completed in the next few months.
The lamppost-based charge points allow EV drivers to charge their cars even when there is no access to off-street parking for residents or visitors – a key consideration for plug-in car drivers in urban areas. Installation is also easier and cheaper than fitting a stand-alone unit, with less work required and an electricity supply already available.
Richard Stobart, CEO of char.gy, said: “We’re very excited to launch the first-ever open and publicly accessible lamppost EV charging units on the streets of London, with our initial roll-out in Southwark. char.gy’s mission is to help more local EV drivers and visitors to the capital charge their plug-in vehicle – making charging your car as convenient as charging your phone, at home, while sleeping.”
For further details contact: https://char.gy/
Kier and Rory J Holbrook Ltd have worked collaboratively to launch a brand-new surface dressing innovation used for the first time in Norfolk. The team is the first in the UK surface dressing industry to introduce this type of truck, which negates the need for the use of tipper trucks. Instead, the new truck uses a conveyor system to dispense aggregate into the Phoenix Chipping machine; meaning that stopping to reload the chipping machine from a tipping truck is no longer needed.
The new scheme, which is supported by its BT Fleet Solutions business, will help move it towards a target of net zero emissions by 2045.
It says this has partly been made possible by the introduction of an advisory electricity rate for EVs by HMRC.
The scheme is available to more than 3,000 drivers across the business, and supported by training for Fleet Solutions engineers, who have been given a more detailed knowledge of EV diagnostics and repair.
BT Fleet Solutions managing director Henry Brace said: "The move to pure EV is one we have been seeing for some time with the number of staff who drive diesel vehicles dropping in favour of more uptake in plug-in hybrids.
"The move to pure EV is the natural progression of this, and we're delighted to support the wider group in their uptake of alternative fuelled vehicles.
"BT, as a forward-looking technology business, has had an internal community of alternative fuel vehicle supporters for some time who will no doubt be front of the line to secure their EV models. But we believe EVs will be popular with all of our company car base."
We've just secured a five-year contract to provide fleet management services to Close Brothers Vehicle Hire, part of the merchant banking group Close Brothers Group Plc.
It's been 14 months in the making and it all started with a request to consult on the supply of tyres for Close Brothers Vehicle Hire’s LCV and HGV fleets. Having demonstrated our expertise and potential value in the early exchanges, it soon became an invitation to also tender for a five-year contract to manage the business’s 2,700 strong LCV fleet.
ŠKODA UK has secured a new contract with the Cleveland Fire Brigade to supply 14 fully equipped Octavia Scout models.
The Octavia has been chosen to meet the high demands of the fire service, which operates over 370 square miles in the North East of England.
Cleveland Fire Brigade currently runs a 125-strong fleet to support 560,000 people and 249,000 dwellings in the area. The Scout was chosen to bolster this fleet thanks to its combination of space, low fuel consumption, reliability and value for money. Its rugged 4x4 ability and additional underbody protection also help ensure the fire crew can attend situations no matter the terrain.
University College London (UCL) has taken delivery of a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric car to further its research into advanced powertrain technologies and serve as practical, zero-emission transport for staff.
The Mirai will complement the university in its studies into how fuel cells can be combined with new battery technologies. It will also be used by UCL staff as a shuttle between the university’s base in Bloomsbury and its new campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The number of cars failing emissions tests has more than doubled since the new MOT introduced stricter emission rules on 20 May 2018.
Following changes to the MOT test on 20 May 2018, more than 744,592 cars have failed the emissions test. The cars have either been taken off the road or fixed, helping to improve air quality.
This compares to 350,472 cars failing the emissions test during the same period in 2017.
Stricter emissions testsSince 20 May 2018, a vehicle gets a ‘major fault’ if the MOT tester:
British Gas is offering owners of electric vehicles (EVs) a cheaper rate to charge their cars at night.
It has launched a new ‘Green Drive Nov 2020’ tariff, fixed until November 2020, with all the electricity matched with renewable energy sources and the carbon footprint of gas offset with Certified Emissions Reduction Certificates.
Customers who choose the tariff will be offered cheaper electricity at night between 12.30am and 7.30am to charge their EVs.
The average annual bill will total £1,547, based on an average EV user consuming an additional 2,340kWh of electricity per year by charging their car.
The Big Six supplier said drivers use up to 80% more electricity if they charge at home and can therefore benefit from tariffs which pass on cheaper overnight wholesale electricity costs.
Customer Propositions and Product Director Peter Simons added: “Customers who choose this tariff will have peace of mind if they charge their electric car overnight, they can take advantage of lower prices. We want to offer our customers different types of tariffs that suit their individual needs and help them understand their energy usage.”
This is the first of British Gas’ suite of EV propositions for residential and business customers.