A ‘dramatic shift’ to electric power will soon be underway for UK businesses that operate vans, according to authoritative research from the Arval Mobility Observatory.
When asked, half of respondents (50%) said that they were already operating hybrids or planned to do so within the next three years and for battery electric vans, 43% of respondents reported already operating them or planning to do so within the next three years.
The Nissan Leaf and Kia Soul electric models are the best for British taxi drivers, concludes a study by USwitch.com.
They looked at price, tax, emissions, economy, comfort and space requirements before drawing up their list of the best models which puts seven pure battery or hybrid models in the top ten.
Car dealers will be able to apply for a share of the Welsh Government’s £300M aid package to cover closure during the imminent “fire-break” imposed for the next two weeks.
There are grants of varying amounts depending on rateable value and more details can be found at: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice
A bid to get electric cars excluded from EU tariffs after Brexit has failed.
Tariffs of 10% duty will apply if more than 45% of materials supplied come from outside the EU or UK.
According to the latest figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, 310,000 more MOTs and retests were carried out in August this year compared to the same period in 2019, whilst a total of 3.7 million MOTs took place September.
It was down to the suspension of MoTs earlier this summer under the CV19 lockdown and then a rush to get the test done for retaxing or selling a vehicle during August and for the September plate change.
Nextbike has made a record-breaking return to the streets of Swansea after the Covid-19 pandemic saw the scheme shut down earlier this year.
The Santander Cycles Swansea scheme recorded its highest ever rentals in August, with 3,327 – a milestone which was promptly broken in September, when 3,738 rentals were made, an increase of 330 per cent on September 2019’s rental figures and Nextbike UK MD, Krysia Solheim, said the figures were fantastic, especially after the scheme had an enforced break of three months from April – June.
The coronavirus crisis is creating a new level of divergence between the demands of car and van management, says ServicePoint.
The Allstar service, maintenance and repair (SMR) portal points out that fundamental developments during the last few months mean that many van fleets are now facing higher levels of utilisation while company cars are covering fewer miles.
Poor driver judgement, attacks by animals and supermarket scrapes are the top three causes of damage to hire cars, says iCarhireinsurance.
The bills can escalate very quickly although a fifth of drivers say the damage was not their fault and slightly more state damage was caused when it was parked or being parked.
London commuters are now saving about 62hrs a year not sitting in traffic, the same as those in Beijing and more than drivers in Tokyo, after the CV-19 impacted on journeys, says Vanarama.
Worse commute is 79hrs in New Delhi but the easiest is just 28hrs in Berlin.
Four ferry firms have secured government contracts of £77.6m to provide post-Brexit freight capacity for the first half of 2021.
Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O Ferries and Stena Line will have the job of ensuring medical supplies and other vital goods continue to get to the UK.