Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Should all learner drivers be taught how to drive at night? . . .

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Should all learner drivers be taught how to drive at night?

Cited at:
http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/learner-drivers-taught-drive-night/story-26183251-detail/story.html


NEW drivers should be given further training in driving at night and on country roads, according to driving experts.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) claims that UK driving tests should be given a 'comprehensive overhaul' to tackle the modern problems faced by young people on the road.

The Road Traffic Act was passed in 1934, paving the way for compulsory driving tests in the UK in 1935 - meaning the test is in its 80th anniversary.

In 1996 a theory test was added to the practical element and in 2002, the hazard perception exam was introduced.

But the test still does not evaluate driver's ability to cope with country roads, poor weather of driving at night.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: "The driving test needs to become a much more integrated part of a graduated licensing system that picks up on best practice from around the world.

"For instance, Austria has a 'second phase' licensing system, where young drivers come back in the first 12 months after the test for further interventions to examine attitude changes and skills.

"The driving test today does test a driver's ability to a very high level, but it has fallen behind what is urgently needed today in 2015. This must be addressed as a matter of urgency by the next government."

The IAM also claims learner drivers should be allowed on motorways and that the modern driving test should take into account the influence of new technology.

Driving instructor Chris Bloor, of Tean, has been teaching students how to drive for almost 51 years.

She said: "At the moment, a trial is taking place over the introduction of satnavs into modern day tests. It will see learner drivers have to follow a satnav for about 10 minutes of their test because it's seen as a more modern way of driving. Most people have satnavs now and a lot of new cars come with one included.

"Things like driving at night, country roads and adverse weather are all covered in the pass plus test, which is an advanced training course for drivers.

"But a lot of people choose not to take that test because it's not compulsory and you have to pay for it. It should be something people are made to do."

But Chris disagrees that new drivers should be allowed to take to the motorway immediately after passing their tests.

She added: "Driving on the motorway is also another thing that should be taught, it's very dangerous to allow inexperienced drivers on the motorway. They should be accompanied by an experienced driver, even when they've passed."

Road accidents remain the biggest killer of young people in the UK.

In the five years up to 2013 there were 1,037 people under the age of 24 killed and 120,958 injured on UK roads as drivers and riders.

Edmund King, president of the AA, believes young drivers should be further educated. He said: "The driving test has evolved constantly over the last 80 years and it needs to continue to do so to meet the needs of modern drivers.

"We believe the best way to improve the safety of new drivers is through education. One of the most effective ways to do this would be to make road safety education part of the national curriculum.

"It would also be helpful for learner drivers to have a minimum learning period, enforced by a logbook and with mandatory lessons on a variety of roads and in different light and weather conditions."






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DVSA publishes new load securing guide for vehicle operators . . .

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DVSA publishes new load securing guide for vehicle operators 

New guidance has been published by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to help vehicle operators transport loads securely. 

The guide, which has been developed with the transport industry, sets out important information like:
  • who’s responsible for load securing 
  • the consequences of poor load securing 
  • how DVSA enforces the rules on load securing 
It gives practical advice about:
  • loading on different types of vehicles 
  • carrying different type of loads 
The guide includes videos so operators can find out things like:
  • what DVSA looks for when it stops a vehicle at the roadside 
  • how different load securing systems can be used 













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Monday, 30 March 2015

HGV task force wins safety award . . .

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HGV task force wins safety award


Cited at:
https://movingon.blog.gov.uk/hgv-task-force-wins-safety-award/


London’s Industrial Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) task force has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to transport safety. The task force which is funded by Transport for London and the Department for Transport was set up in October 2013, to reduce the number of cyclist fatalities caused by HGVs.

In just under 12 months, the task force, which is made up of officers from DVSA, Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police, has carried out over 360 roadside operations and stopped over 3000 vehicles.

The team attended an awards ceremony on 10 March 2015, where they were recognised as the first permanent multi-agency team, dedicated to targeting offences by the most dangerous commercial vehicles.

Read more about the team’s achievement at GOV.UK.







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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Non-licence drivers 'with points' . . .

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Non-licence drivers 'with points'


Cited at:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2990744/Non-licence-drivers-points.html


Some motorists have racked up dozens of road-offence penalty points without even holding a driving licence, according to official figures.

One non-licence holder - a male driver from Lewisham in south London - had 40 points including six speeding and six no-insurance offences.

Another driver without a licence, a male from Stockport in Greater Manchester, clocked up 33 points, while another non-licence holder, a male from Leeds, had 28 points.


The figures were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request from the Institute of Advanced Motorists

The figures were obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency last month under a Freedom of Information Act request from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The statistics showed that one male driver from Liverpool was still behind the wheel despite having 45 points on his licence, including three cases of speeding and five of failing to declare information as to the identity of the driver.

Also, a woman from Blackburn in Lancashire had 38 points from 10 speeding offences, yet was still driving, while a Welsh male motorist was still on the road with 36 points from six cases of driving without insurance.

IAM chief executive Sarah Sillars said: "It's been three years since we raised this issue with the DVLA, but we still have drivers on the road with multiple points allocated to them.

"Now we discover that some of them have never held any kind of driving licence.

"We all have to share the road with these unqualified, uninsured and dangerous drivers.

"We need to punish offenders as well as give them the opportunity to change their ways.

"Offenders are unlikely to drive legally if they face a ban or points on their licence as soon as they pass their test."

A DVLA spokesman said: "DVLA's role is to record the information provided by the courts. The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether or not to disqualify a driver."








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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Farmers set to benefit from increase in tractor weights and speeds . . .

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Farmers set to benefit from increase in tractor weights and speeds

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/farmers-set-to-benefit-from-increase-in-tractor-weights-and-speeds


New weight and speed limits for tractors to boost agricultural economy.


Speed and weight limits for tractors have increased today (9 March 2015) in a move welcomed by the farming community.

Transport Minister Claire Perry said:
These changes will allow tractors to carry more produce per journey, meaning less traffic on our roads and almost £60 million savings for the hard-working farming community each year.

Farms are the life-blood of rural communities and helping them is part of the government’s long-term economic plan to improve the lives of people up and down the country.

Under the changes, the maximum combination weight limit for tractors and trailers has increased from 24.39 tonnes to 31 tonnes along with a rise in the speed limit for tractors to 40 km/h (approximately 25 mph), up from 20 mph, saving time and money.

These changes will allow farmers to more appropriately size their tractor to their trailer and maximise the amount of produce transported in each journey. They will therefore result in farmers having to make fewer journeys on our roads and reduce the risk of accidents.

The second phase of changes will see a further consideration of increases in weight and speed limits and a road-worthiness test for some agricultural tractors and trailers by harvest 2016.


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Friday, 27 March 2015

New phase in A9 Perth to Inverness dualling project . . .

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New phase in A9 Perth to Inverness dualling project

Cited at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31794770



The next stage in a £3bn project to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness has begun with a public consultation on the stretch at Dalwhinnie.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown has unveiled plans for a new junction giving access to the Highland village.

The public have been asked for their views on 15 options for the junction.

A number of high definition videos of the proposed junction have been created of some of the proposals.

Mr Brown has described the dualling project as "mammoth".
He said: "We are making good headway with the dualling programme, and I have seen for myself the 15 impressive design options being considered for junctions as part of the design work to dual the A9 at Dalwhinnie, giving the local community a series of early options to consider.

"I was particularly impressed with the fly-through images which give road users a real sense of what the new upgraded road could look like and how local access onto and around the A9 might work."

Public views are being sought on the planned junction

Mr Brown added: "These are key considerations as we take forward plans and, as consultation is at the heart of the A9 dualling programme, we would like the community's thoughts as we narrow down the options to be taken to the next phase of development.

"As well as public exhibitions, we will also be hosting a series of drop-in sessions where the public can come along and meet with the design consultants on a one-to-one basis."

Plans to make the A9 a dual carriageway on all remaining single carriageway sections between Perth and Inverness are ahead of schedule with new sections of the road set to be ready for dualling by 2017.

The work is the biggest transport project undertaken so far in Scotland and will cost £3bn by its completion in 2025.










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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Stationary drivers face fines if they refuse to switch off . . .

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Stationary drivers face fines if they refuse to switch off

Cited at:
http://www.itv.com/news/london/2015-03-23/stationary-drivers-face-fines-if-they-refuse-to-switch-off/


Drivers in one of Britain's most congested cities are to be fined if they refuse to switch off their engine.


A hit squad of 'Traffic Marshalls' will target stationary motorists in Westminster, in central London, from May 1st.

Tory-controlled Westminster Council claimed the measure was in response to pollution concerns.


But motoring organisations fear the crackdown will turn into a new 'tax' on drivers.

Motorists can be fined £20 for an offence known as 'idling'.

The council said the marshals would apply 'common sense' and only target drivers waiting at the kerb, not in traffic jams or at red lights.

Motor traffic plays an important role in keeping our city moving, which is vital for its economic prosperity.

We want to raise motorist awareness of the impact engine idling can have on the environment, with air and noise pollution affecting overall health, as well as it being an unnecessary use of fuel.

We are asking our Marshals to talk to drivers now, before fines come into force in May, to ensure they are aware that engine idling is an offence. Fining motorists for idling will be employed as a last resort and we are confident that the work the Marshals are carrying out now to raise awareness will mean a negligible need for enforcement.
– CLLR HEATHER ACTON, WESTMINSTER







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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Two-part driving licence to be ditched: Paper section to be scrapped and replaced by online system . . .

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Two-part driving licence to be ditched: Paper section to be scrapped and replaced by online system

  • The 'paper counterpart' of the driving licence will be replaced from June 
  • A new online system that holds details of all licenced drivers will be used 
  • The move marks the end of the 17-year-old two-part licensing scheme 

Cited at:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3005068/Two-driving-licence-ditched-Paper-section-scrapped-replaced-online-system.html


The paper section of the two-part UK driving licence is to be scrapped within weeks under Government plans to make life simpler for motorists.

From June, the so-called ‘paper counterpart’ will be replaced with a new online system that holds the details of all licenced drivers.

It marks the end of the 17-year-old two-part licensing scheme which requires drivers to carry both a credit-card-sized photo-card, together with an accompanying green paper counterpart which lists any penalty points or endorsements.


The paper section of the two-part UK driving licence is to be scrapped within weeks under Government plans to make life simpler for motorists (file picture)

The decision to ditch the paper element follows the scrapping of the traditional tax disc and is designed to ease the bureaucratic burden on motorists. Paper counterparts have long been seen as an irritant by many drivers who have to scramble for the crumpled, dog-eared and often falling-apart piece of paper it in their wallets or purses.

However, motoring groups warn that the change could cause ‘confusion’ for many drivers - particularly those without the internet - and even leave them at risk of fraud, or higher charges for things like rental cars.

For nearly two decades, motorists have been told to keep their photcard and paper counterpart together, and warned that ‘both must be produced when required’ by the authorities.

But from June 8, the Government’s Driver and Vehicle Driving Agency (DVLA) says all paper counterparts will be invalid and should then be ‘destroyed’. From that date, information about penalty point endoresments will only be held on the DVLA’s electronic driver database, and will have to be checked online, by phone or by post.

Motorists with old-style paper driving licences from before the photocard’s introduction in 1998 will not be affected and can continue to use them.

However, motoring groups fear that the switch to a fully online system will cause confusion for millions of drivers seeking either to check their own driving licence – or have it checked by third parties such as car-hire firms. The switch could also leave many exposed to sophisticated fraundsters.


It marks the end of the 17-year-old two-part licensing scheme which requires drivers to carry both a credit-card-sized photo-card, together with an accompanying green paper counterpart (file picture)

The DVLA has already warned about fraudsters sending out emails asking people to click a link to verify their driving licence, which if followed could see them compromised and their bank details stolen. There are fears that car hire firms could pass on the cost of having to check licences by phone.

AA spokesman Paul Watters said: ‘This change could cause confusion. Not all drivers are comfortable with computers and surfing online. It could also cause a lot of resentment. People will also be concerned at who exactly will be able to get access to your electronic driver record, and the potential for fraud and scams.

‘The introduction has already been delayed six months because of concerns that the IT wouldn’t be ready.

‘Before you do destroy your counterpart, do check the electronic version to ensure they match and that you haven’t got points that shouldn’t be there, or that you are aware of any you may have forgotten.’

Mr Watters added:’It’s a big change and will be difficult for those with no access to the internet, such as some older drivers.’

Ministers have made the change as part of their war on ‘red-tape’ in a bid to cut bureaucracy, reduce costs and increase efficiency. But it has already been delayed once since its abandoned introduction date in the New Year because of fears the IT system wasn’t up to it. It follows the decision to end the traditional road tax disc displayed I on the windscreen and instead keep car-tax details online.

The Department for Transport said the decision to abolish the counterpart was as a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge.

‘The reason for abolishing the counterpart is to reduce the burden on motorists,’ a spokesman said. ‘For most drivers there simply isn’t a need to have this information on a piece of paper when it is now freely and easily available online. It also saves drivers from paying £20 to replace a lost or damaged counterpart.’


New drivers will cease to be given the paper part of the licence from June, when the new system comes into affect (file picture)

A DVLA spokesman warned: ‘If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.'

However the advice is different for those drivers who were issued with the old style paper driving licence before the photocard system came into effect: Here, the DVLA says: ‘Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed’.

Drivers who at any time update their existing paper driving licence details – such as their name, address or to add endorsements – will have it replaced with the photocard only.

In future, anyone hiring a vehicle or asked by an employer to provide evidence of their driving record showing what they are entitled to drive and any endorsements will have to do it online. The DVLA is developing a ‘Share Driving Licence’ which will be available ‘before the counterpart is abolished’. T

The DVLA said: ‘The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.’

Businesses and organisations which currently rely on the counterpart to check the driving record of customers or employees will also have to go online.

Access to the information held by the DVLA on ‘ Share Driving Licence will only be made available ‘with the consent of the driving licence holder’, insists the DVLA.







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Monday, 23 March 2015

'Poo bus' set for passenger service . . .

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'Poo bus' set for passenger service

Cited at:
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/poo-bus-set-passenger-000638086.html#bwA6mvZ



Britain's first "poo bus", which runs on human and household waste, goes into regular service later this month.

Powered by biomethane gas, the Bio-Bus will use waste from more than 32,000 households along its 15-mile route.

Operated by bus company First West of England, the bus will fill up at a site in Avonmouth, Bristol, where sewage and inedible food waste is turned into biomethane gas.

The bus, which can seat up to 40 people, was unveiled in the Bristol area last autumn. Transport company First is showing off the bus in Bristol on Tuesday and it will operate four days a week on Service 2, which stretches from Cribbs Causeway to Stockwood, from March 25.

If the route proves a success, First will consider introducing more "poo buses".

First West of England managing director James Freeman said: "Since its original unveiling last year the Bio-Bus has generated worldwide attention and so it's our great privilege to bring it to the city, to operate - quite rightly - on Service 2.

"The Bio-Bus previously made an appearance running between Bath and Bristol Airport at the end of last year, but it's only actually been used once before in the centre of Bristol itself."

He went on: "The very fact that it's running in the city should help to open up a serious debate about how buses are best fuelled, and what is good for the environment."









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Sunday, 22 March 2015

New 20 mph zones to be launched . . .

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New 20 mph zones to be launched

Cited at:
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/20mph-zones-launched-133138712.html#Qtaiynh


More roads are to have 20 mph speed limits with safety cameras being upgraded to help police catch speeding offenders.

While councils around the UK introduce more and more 20 mph zones, in London mayor Boris Johnson has announced eight locations in the capital where new 20 mph limits will be trialled.

The first pilot location is Commercial Street in Tower Hamlets while other sites include Westminster Bridge, Brixton town centre in south London and Earls Court Road in west London.

In 2013/14 more than 170 miles of London roads have had the 20 mph limit introduced and almost 25% of all roads in the capital are now 20 mph.

Islington, Camden and the City of London are London boroughs where all roads are 20mph, with Hackney planning to join them next year.

Safety cameras across London are being upgraded to new digital cameras which will have the capability to help police enforce the lower limit.

Mr Johnson said: "Lower speeds have the potential to significantly improve road safety while enhancing the environment for walking and cycling."

He added that he was also looking " to see where further 20 mph limits could provide significant benefits".

Transport for London surface transport managing director Leon Daniels said: "Piloting 20 mph speed limits form a key part of our continuing work to make central London safer, pleasant and more attractive for all."

Matt Winfield, London deputy director for transport group Sustrans said: "This is a bold move from Transport for London to improve some of the capital's busiest streets."

Outside London, 20 mph zones are proliferating. From April next year, 20 mph restrictions will be put in place in Edinburgh city centre and in parts of western Edinburgh.

Other areas where more 20 mph limits have recently been introduced include Manchester, Croydon in south London, Slough in Berkshire, Cambridge and Derby where drivers in 40 streets have to observe the lower limit.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is responsible for motorways and major A roads, while local authorities look after the rest of the road network.

A DfT spokesman said: "It's up to local authorities if they want to bring in more 20 mph limits. We can give advice to councils on speed limits. The limit for each road has to be realistic."











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CV Show: VWS to launch new solar-powered weigh pad . . .

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CV Show: VWS to launch new solar-powered weigh pad

Cited at:
http://transportoperator.co.uk/2015/03/13/cv-show-vws-to-launch-new-solar-powered-weigh-pad/


Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) is returning to the CV Show with a raft of new and improved products, including a solar-powered version of its popular drive-on portable wheel weigh pad – the Apollo PT300.

With a capacity of 2,500kg to 12,000 kg per pad and an accuracy of +/- 1 per cent, the Apollo PT300 is said to provide a simple, cable or cable-free, way to check vehicle weights.

VWS will be showcasing its full range of axle weighers, including the Apollo Portable Weigh-in-Motion axle weigh bridge, which can weigh up to 30,000 kg per axle and with up to 16 axles.

VWS will also demonstrate its on-board weighing products, while sister company Applied Traffic will promote its traffic monitoring solutions.


The CV Show 2015 will take place from 14-16 April at the NEC Birmingham. Free tickets for the event are now available, by registering here.








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CV Show 2015: Iveco to offer Vision of the future . . .

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CV Show 2015: Iveco to offer Vision of the future

Cited at:
http://transportoperator.co.uk/2015/03/13/cv-show-2015-iveco-to-offer-vision-of-the-future/


Iveco will offer visitors an insight into the future of light commercial vehicle design at the CV Show, when its Iveco Vision concept vehicle makes its UK debut.

Its creation is centred on low environmental impact mobility and a sophisticated dual energy system which self-adapts to the most suitable traction mode – one is exclusively electric, ensuring zero local emissions and low noise levels, and the other is hybrid (thermoelectric) and suitable for longer journeys and extra-urban missions.

Also on the stand will be a trio of Iveco trucks, led by a flagship Stralis Hi-Way AS440S56TX/P 6×2 twin-steer tractor, and at least four examples of the New Daily, winner of the International Van of the Year Award.


The CV Show 2015 will take place from 14-16 April at the NEC Birmingham. Free tickets for the event are now available, by registering here.








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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Low emission bus scheme . . .

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Low emission bus scheme

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/low-emission-bus-scheme

Guidance providing information on funding eligibility and criteria for the low emission bus scheme.


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The low emission bus scheme has 3 objectives:
  • increase the uptake of low and ultra-low emission buses, speeding up the transition to an ultra-low emission bus fleet in England and Wales, and removing the need for subsidy support
  • support the improvement of local air quality
  • support the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ commitment to attracting investment in the UK







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£3 million green bus funding to help clean up town and city air . . .

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£3 million green bus funding to help clean up town and city air

Cited at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/3-million-green-bus-funding-to-help-clean-up-town-and-city-air

Nearly 150 buses across the country to be fitted with pollution-reducing technology.


More cleaner buses will be on the streets of towns and cities across England following the announcement of over £3 million funding today (11 March 2015).

Seven towns and cities have been awarded government grants to fit green technology to existing buses to help improve air quality and create a better environment for residents and visitors.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
Fitting green technology to bus fleets will make town centres healthier and more pleasant places for everyone. This government has now funded the retrofitting of more than 1,650 vehicles in total, helping to cut emissions and supporting jobs and growth in our environmental technology industries.

Baroness Kramer said:
The £3 million funding announced today will help improve town centre air across England, benefitting residents and businesses. These grants continue this government’s commitment to lowering emissions from public transport and support the growth of green transport in the UK.

The funding is the latest tranche of support from the Clean Vehicle Technology Fund, which has retrofitted more than 1650 vehicles with green technology.

This round of awards will see technology suitable for the stop-start nature of bus travel fitted, including exhaust gas treatment and flywheel hybrid technology, developed originally for Formula 1. The successful projects will monitor the effectiveness of the technologies to provide vital information on the working life of green vehicle upgrades.

List of local authorities and grants awarded:
ApplicantTechnologyNumber of busesGrant (£)
Centro (West Midlands)Exhaust gas treatment21404,250
DurhamFlywheel hybrid28440,496
BlackpoolExhaust gas treatment30500,000
West YorkshireExhaust gas treatment23221,550
YorkFull electric drive system5475,760
SuffolkExhaust gas treatment26494,000
PlymouthFlywheel hybrid14484,921
Total 1473,020,977


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Government plugs in and adds electric cars to its fleet . . .

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Government plugs in and adds electric cars to its fleet

Cited at:
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/90796/government-plugs-in-and-adds-electric-cars-to-its-fleet


More than 100 plug-in cars will join the Government fleet as part of the ultra-low emission campaign

The Government has continued its commitment to greener transport by adding more than 100 plug-in cars and vehicles to its fleet.

Fifteen government departments and agencies, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence and the Home Office, will benefit from adding 140 ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) to their fleets as part of a £5million investment to reduce emissions.

The fleet includes cars (such as the British-built all-electric Nissan Leaf) and vans, and will be used by the Government when transporting staff and equipment.

The Government Car Service, which provides cars for ministers, will also adopt four ultra-low emission vehicles. The move will help the environment, but also cut down on fuel bills footed by the taxpayer.

This announcement is the first phase in a project designed to illustrate the effectiveness of the vehicles, and encourage fleets to commit to greater take-up over the coming years.

Transport minister Baroness Kramer said: "This is an important step. These cars will save taxpayers money on running costs and will bring low emissions benefits to our fleet. Today’s announcement proves that Britain is leading the electric charge while supporting the growth of this important industry."

The announcement continues the Government's support of electric vehicles. So far, more than 25,000 £5,000 grants have been handed to buyers of plug-in vans and cars since 2010.

Even the traditionally quiet January sales market saw nearly 2,000 claims, and total sales in 2014 were four times the level of the previous year. The UK is now ahead of France and Germany in take-up, placing it at the forefront of the technology.

The £5million investment into the new Government fleet will also fund take-up by the wider public sector – including councils, police forces and the NHS – of plug-in vehicles and pay for charge points to be installed to allow the vehicles to be charged at work.

Business minister Matthew Hancock added: "We want to make the UK one of the best places in the world to design, manufacture and sell ultra-low emission vehicles. This important step demonstrates government’s commitment to promoting the economic and environmental benefits of these cars.

"The investment forms the latest part of a £500million package set aside for ULEV vehicles announced last year."









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