Fleets could consider increased support of UK-produced vehicles, FleetCheck is suggesting, as Nissan questioned the future of its Sunderland plant.
Peter Golding, managing director at the leading fleet management software specialist said businesses that bought vehicles could have an impact on local manufacturing saying, “UK motor manufacturing has already lost Honda in recent years, electric MINI production has gone to Germany, and it seems Jaguar Land Rover are doing more and more overseas, while replacement investment is not necessarily forthcoming, especially when it comes to the process of electrification, such as the ups and downs surrounding BritishVolt.”
Continuing stock shortages and longer lead times on newer vehicles, the fleet continues to age and for vendors and buyers alike vehicle inspections will become even more important says Birmingham-based inspection and vehicle delivery company DMN Logistics.
By 2027 around 15.4 million cars on Britain’s roads will be at least 10 years old, representing an increase of 3.6 million from 2021 with long lead times for new vehicles set to continue well into 2023 and with older cars come a range of issues so it is important to do your due diligence before selling or purchasing a used car, and that’s where vehicle inspections become a powerful tool.
The European Commission’s rules for green hydrogen, provide much-needed investment certainty for green hydrogen, says Transport & Environment.
But the group has criticised the decision to relax rules for green hydrogen production that allow projects starting before 2028 to use electricity produced from coal and gas and added in a statement, “Hydrogen is not a silver bullet, it still requires significant amounts of electricity to produce. It should only be used in sectors that need it. It makes no sense to use hydrogen whenever direct electrification is possible.”
Drivers who park on pavements in Wales face a possible £70 fine by the end of this year under plans proposed by Welsh Government following a trial in Cardiff two years ago.
Vehicles on pavements have always risked a fine for obstruction of the highway, but it’s rarely been enforced, although it’s illegal in London and been banned in Scotland as a particular offence.