The increase in supplier confidence in the bus and coach industry has resulted in record demand for stand space at next Autumn‘s Coach & Bus Live 2015 with over 80% of floor space already taken.
With 120 exhibitors already having reserved stands just 4 four months after launch, the organisers report continued positive demand following from the recent Euro Bus Expo 2014, also held at NEC.
People across the UK who are busy preparing their travel plans for the festive period are being reminded by tyre safety organisation TyreSafe about the importance of making sure their tyres are properly inflated before heading off.
With an increased vehicle weight from extra passengers, luggage and presents being carried to friends and family, many cars will need to have their tyres inflated to a higher pressure to maximise their safety, comfort and efficiency on the road.
Public procurers of vehicles are at the forefront of instigating improvements in urban air quality. To help drive down energy consumption, as well as noise, greenhouse gas (GHG) and local air pollutant emissions the Clean Vehicles Directive or CVD (2009/33/EC) aims to promote the purchase of vehicles with higher energy and environmental performance standards.
Launched in 2012, the Clean Fleets project supports public authorities and transport operators with the implementation maximising the potential of the requirements outlined in the Directive and the procurement or leasing of clean and energy-efficient vehicles.
To help public authorities achieve these goals, the Clean Fleets team has developed a guide on how to procure clean and energy-efficient vehicles in practice, following the Directive, and an accompanying Life-Cycle Cost tool, free to download. Go to www.clean-fleets.eu/publications
With forecasters uncertain about the likelihood of a white Christmas this year, drivers in the UK are being reminded that they can stay safe and mobile on the roads, whatever the weather, by fitting winter weather tyres.
Designed to provide better grip in cold and damp conditions compared with normal ‘summer’ tyres, winter tyres are ideal for British roads right the way from October through to the spring, when temperatures rarely rise above 7 degrees Celsius, as well in rarer but more extreme conditions such as snow and ice.
The UK’s leading provider of specialist operated and self-drive hire vehicles is marking a positive period of business growth with the expansion of its North West service centre.
Go Plant Limited has purchased the trading activity of North West Site Sweepers to compliment its Cheshire-based North West Service Centre, which has seen it take on five drivers from the company, as well as appoint Michael Merwin as the new Area Sales Representative.
Shaun Wilson, Manager of Go Plant’s North West depot, explained: “Due to ongoing increases in our client base, we were keen to invest in the service centre and take on new staff to keep up with demand, and North West Site Sweepers was a perfect fit for us to do this.”
Fleet and asset management software company Jaama, which prides itself on being at the forefront of technology, has now recruited Rob Perry to strengthen its development team. With almost a decade of experience in the IT industry, Rob joins Jaama’s software development team as it continues to expand the breadth of functionality available within the company’s multi-award winning Key2 Management system.
Jaama’s managing director Martin Evans said: “The company has continued to expand year-on-year throughout its 10-year history for many reasons, but particularly due to the focus on delivering technology platform and product progression on our Key2 system range.”
Network Rail has taken delivery of the first FIAT Doblò Cargo vehicles it has ordered to facilitate its technicians in carrying out the day-to-day operation and maintenance of Britain’s expansive rail network.
A total of 283 FIAT Doblò Cargo and Doblò Crew vans, all in SWB guise powered by SWB 1.3 MultiJet II 90hp engines, have been ordered for deployment across the UK and while they require no factory modifications they are sent to Bri-Stor Systems in Staffordshire before delivery to have their graphics applied and any racking and storage requested by Network Rail fitted to the load area.
Town centres across London's boroughs are set to be transformed after the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) confirmed £148m in funding for local transport and public realm projects in 2015/16. Local areas will see safer roads, better public spaces, improved walking facilities and cycling made safer and easier.
The annual funding has been allocated by TfL to each London borough to support the delivery of its Local Implementation Plan (LIP) to spend on projects that support the Mayor's Transport Strategy locally.
Hitachi Capital Driving Instructor Solutions is pleased to announce sponsorship of Brake’s new ‘Sober-Up’ campaign which will see the launch of a new interactive guide this festive season.
The fleet vehicle and driving instructor vehicle specialists sought to support Brake’s initiatives to educate and instil safe driving behaviour in the new generation of drivers, with the firm belief that prevention is better than cure.
The new interactive guide will be included with the national road safety charity’s Christmas Drink Driving campaigns as well as the ‘Pledge’ and ‘2Young2Die’ training/educational initiatives throughout 2015. Targeting professional drivers and young people, the interactive campaign aims to raise awareness and break the myths around sobering up after drinking, before taking to the road.
Order books are now open for the All-New Renault Trafic and New Master Passenger multi-seater van ranges, with first deliveries expected in the UK early in 2015.
Claire Perry, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, has announced the publication of two related public consultations that will close on 5th March 2015:
The new FIAT Doblò has been unveiled, building on the strengths of the current model as it evolves to meet the ever-more diverse needs of its demanding and loyal customers.
The fourth generation of the FIAT Doblò, which has amassed 300,000 sales since it was first launched in 2000, features a restyled front end for 2015 with a sculpted bonnet; new front wings; distinctive new headlamps and a bold new grille, all of which bring an air of sophistication and elegance to the new FIAT Doblò’s design.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) says an EU deal to postpone new rules enabling safer lorry designs is a setback for road safety.
Representatives of EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission met last night to hammer out an agreement on new legislation that enables, but does not require, manufacturers to make changes to lorry cabs that improve visibility and reduce the impact of crashes on other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The final agreement, which is still subject to agreement by member state representatives at a meeting on Friday and a vote by the European Parliament, effectively delays the optional changes until 2022.
Leading industry trade body, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has convinced the Government to delay plans to abolish the paper counterpart to the driving licence until an online system suitable for businesses has been developed.
It has now been announced that the removal of the counterpart to the driving licence will not go ahead on the 1 January 2015 as originally planned.
The initial announcement to remove the counterpart as part of the Governments drive to reduce unnecessary burden to business in 2011 was supported by the FTA on the condition that a suitable online replacement agreed by business users was in place prior to its removal. This is not the case therefore "the delay has come as an early Christmas present for employers who rely on the counterpart to ensure that their drivers are legally able to drive" states the FTA, who said that the proposed electronic system was not '"fit-for-purpose."
The UK green fuels industry will take a significant step forward with the launch today (10 December 2014) of a £25 million competition to build advanced biofuel plants. The Department for Transport funding is supported by significant private sector investment and will enable the construction of up to 3 demonstration biofuel plants, the first of their kind in the UK.
Changes to how major roads are managed from April 2015 yesterday (8 December 2014) took another significant step forward with the second reading of the Infrastructure Bill.
The bill provides the legal framework for the government’s £15 billion ‘Road investment strategy’. It includes major reforms to the Highways Agency.
A survey of over 600 drivers by Zenith Leasedrive Group has revealed that over 61% are interested in ordering an electric or hybrid car through a salary sacrifice car scheme. Of these, 12% would choose an electric car, 33% a plug-in hybrid and 55% a non-plug-in hybrid. Salary sacrifice car drivers can save money through selecting an alternative fuelled car, through both fuel savings and reduced tax.
The most popular electric car ordered through Zenith’s salary sacrifice car schemes is the BMW i3, followed by the Vauxhall Ampera and then the Nissan Leaf. The Toyota Prius is the most ordered plug-in hybrid, with the Lexus CT 200h being the most in demand non-plug-in hybrid car.
Andrew Kirby, Zenith’s commercial director – employee benefits schemes, commented: “With this high level of interest in alternative fuelled cars, we expect to see many more drivers switch from diesel or petrol cars over the next 12 months. When taking into account the lower fuel costs and tax savings, they can be significantly more cost effective to run than a fossil fuelled option.”
The commercial vehicle sector continued to grow in November, fuelled again by strong demand for new vans. Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed positive signs for the commercial vehicle sector overall as it grew by 4.2% compared to November 2013, and sees the year-to-date figure extended to 13.1% ahead of the first 11 months of last year.
The van sector saw 26,516 vans registered, a 17.1% increase on the same month last year, while pushing its year-to-date figures to 19% ahead of 2013 when 295,157 vans were registered. Vans between 2.5- and 3.5-tonnes and 2.0- and 2.5-tonnes proved popular in November, with 16,804 and 4,708 vehicles registered in each category respectively.
The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have set out plans for a major new investment in bus services to help meet the rising demand of the city's rapidly growing population.
London's bus network, which carries six and half million passengers every day, is already one of the most extensive and accessible anywhere in the world. However, London's population is growing faster than any other European city and investment is needed to keep pace.