Bus and train passengers will have to queue for fewer seats and are being advised to stagger journey times and consider alternative routes if possible, under Government plans for the gradual return to work.
Cars are preferred for longer commutes so expect jams, but cycling and walking is also suggested after the Government said it wanted people to return to work if possible in England, but the Welsh Government advice is still to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.
AA Cars on-line business has seen a 51% increase in car views in May compared to April, and a 46% increase in car finance requests over the same period.
It’s also starting to see growth in searches for city cars which might support the hypothesis that people will be swapping public transport for a car for their commute.
European car buyers still want minicars, for their ease of parking, low cost and fuel efficiency but automakers say new emissions rules requiring costly modifications are making them economically unfeasible.
Automotive News Europe explains what the car makers are planning to save the entry-level segment.
Toyota predicts profits will fall 80% this year and Honda has reported a 13% slip in March as reduced output and sales followed the coronavirus lockdowns.
Analysts have suggested lost vehicle sales this year would be three-times what was seen in the 2009/10 economic slump.
Ireland’s largest university, University College Dublin, is putting the Faxi carpooling app to a new use during the coronavirus pandemic.
Originally selected for its ability to reduce the number of individual car journeys made by students and employees to and from the University’s campus, in order to tackle environmental concerns and parking demand issues on campus, the unique location matching technology is being used to help vulnerable and cocooning members of the University’s community who need support.
FTA, one of the UK’s biggest business groups, is urging clarity from government on the use of road space for logistics movements, after published guidelines for post-COVID-19 active travel by transport secretary Grant Shapps MP failed to contain recommendations for the sector.
As Natalie Chapman, Head of Urban Policy at FTA comments, the published plans overlook the key role which logistics plays in keeping cities and towns stocked with the goods and services they require, and do not provide the scope needed to ensure logistics operators can supply their customers safely and effectively.