Welsh Government is giving another £6.8M to bus companies in Wales to offset losses and operating costs since the Covid restrictions ended.
Operators say falling passenger numbers and rising costs are wiping out profits and making routes unviable and the extra money has been branded as inadquate by Welsh Conservatives Climate Change Minister and Shadow Transport Minister, Natasha Asghar MS who said, “Whilst the token amount offered by the Labour Government is welcome. Unfortunately, it is not enough to help the struggling sector. If Labour hadn’t sent £155m back to London, there would have been more than enough funding available to support our buses.”
A tsunami of regulatory challenges is arriving in the next few years, the president of Europe’s car makers Luca de Meo told industrialists.
The head of Renault said the industry must look at upcoming legislation regarding sourcing materials, design and engineering, as well as emissions and safety laws and decide if it can meet these or seek delaying changes.
Ford has partnered with industry innovators Octopus Energy in Great Britain and Tibber in Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, to enable Ford customers to charge their EVs using energy tariffs specifically designed to enhance the ownership experience.
Developed to support Ford’s expanding EV line-up, the opportunities will initially be available from early 2024 to drivers of Ford Mustang Mach-E, followed by the new Ford Explorer when it arrives later next year.