Afternoon round-up: Alphacity expands, Rawlings retires, DfT launches breath-tester tender

Government launches competition to build mobile breath-tester

Two police officers administer a Breathalyser test to a driver on Finden Road in Newham, in the East End of London, 1960s. (Photo by Steve Lewis/Getty Images)

The Government has launched a tender process to bring a new mobile breathalyser testing unit to the market which will allow police to speed up breath tests.

At present, once pulled over police officers are required to take a suspect to a station to gather evidence, however, the Department for Transport said the new units will enable them to gather on-the-spot proof.

It will mean those marginally over the drink drive limit will not have extra time to sober up and stand a chance of passing a later test at the station, the DfT added.

“The drink drive limit has helped to give us one of the safest road networks in the world but there is always more we can do,” said roads minister, Jesse Norman. “This new mobile breathalyser technology will enable the police to enforce the alcohol more rigorously limit on those who still choose to drive after drinking, putting others at risk.”

Alphacity expands to cover LCVs

Alphabet logo

Alphacity, Alphabet’s car-sharing scheme, has been expanded to cover light commercial vehicles and non-BMW/Mini vehicles for the first time.

Alphabet said the expansion “broadens the appeal” of Alphacity as fleets will be able to choose vehicles in every sector to share.

“We continue to offer our customers the best-fit business mobility solution for their company. Improving our highly-successful product AlphaCity by expanding the choice of vehicles which are able to be shared within a fleet, is our latest way of doing so”, said Carsten Kwirandt, head of marketing and business development at Alphabet International.

David Rawlings to retire

David Rawlings, director, BCF Wessex

BCF Wessex director David Rawlings has announced he is retiring from the fleet industry after spending 30 years in the consulting practice.

He will step down from his role later this month in order to “devote more time to interests outside the fleet industry.”

Jeff Whitcombe, director of BCF Wessex Consultants Limited, said: “I’d like to wish David a happy retirement and I’m sure many people within the automotive industry will be sorry to see him go after such a long and successful career.”