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11 August

More than half of car owners with an MOT test due between 30 March and 31 July chose to use the Government’s six-month extension, according to a poll commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman. The study of 765 motorists with cars over three years old also claimed that 72% of those extended their certificate date have carried out regular maintenance checks on their vehicle prior to taking it for the delayed MOT test.

“Optimism remains” in the motor industry that the demand levels within the used car market will be sustained, with many retailers reporting that they are “pleasantly surprised with the market’s performance, according to Cox Automotive.

Brunei and Malaysia have been added to the Government’s list of countries from which travellers don’t have to self-isolate on arrival into the UK. But Andorra, The Bahamas and Belgium have been removed, meaning anyone arriving from those countries will need to self-isolate on arrival to the UK.

10 August

Drive iQ is offering a complementary Employee Mobility and Well-being Survey to businesses, designed to help companies understand the impact of Covid-19 on employees and their travel to and from work.

Car traffic is back up to almost normal pre-COVID levels, while light commercial and HGV traffic is running at 98% and 97% of an average week, according to statistics released by the Department for Transport. Public transport on the other hand is well down, with passenger levels at 23% of normal on national rail, 27% on the London Underground, 51% on London busses and 37% on busses outside London. Cycling seems to be at least partially replacing public transport, and is at 126% of normal level in the figures that related to 2 August 2020.

New car registrations rose for the first time this year in July, with an 11.3% rise in the number of new cars, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The Vauxhall Corsa topped the sales charts, and battery electric cars took a 4.7% share of the market, matching their year-to-date performance. The SMMT predicted that the market will end 2020 30% down on 2019, with the year-to-date figure running at 41.9% over the first seven months of 2020.

The light commercial vehicle market returned to growth in July after four months of double-digit falls, with more than 27,000 light commercials registered during the month, according to the SMMT. The figure represents a 7.1% increase on July 2019, and compare with the year-to-date figure that is down 39.0%. The SMMT predicted that the market will end 2020 26.3% down on 2019. The Ford Transit Custom topped the best-seller list.

4 August

Post-lockdown travel has been described as the “ticking timebomb of grey fleet”, with an official switch to home working potentially leading to occasional car journeys to an office being reclassified from commuting to business travel, according to Venson Automotive Solutions.

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing anxiety among SME business owners, with up to 60% believing their business requires them to be “always on”, according to Close Brothers Asset Finance. Two thirds of the business owners that responded also said they felt their mental health was being affected, with the most common symptoms including increased anxiety, sleepless nights and an inability to switch off.

3 August

More than two-thirds of Brits would turn to alternative modes of transport rather than taking pubic transport to work, according to a survey by Roadmender Asphalt. It found that 65% would not feel comfortable using public transport, and 35% felt travelling back to a traditional office environment would have a negative impact on their mental health.

29 July

Used car values rose in July for the first time since 2009, according to Cap HPI. All ages of vehicle improved, with the exception of one-year old models, which remained static, and those less than a year old, which dropped slightly.

25 July

Spain has been removed from the list of countries exempt from the Government’s 14-day self-isolation period on arrival into the UK. But Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

20 July

Europcar claimed it has “created a new normal in the rental industry” with its enhanced collect and deliver service developed during lockdown. From £1 each way, the enhanced service allows drivers to choose a location of their choosing, while an on-site click and collect option now bypasses the rental station, with the key and rental agreement handover instead taking place at a safe distance in a designated area of the car park.

17 July

The Government has issued new travel advice in the Leicester area, reflecting a partial lifting of the lockdown in the city and surrounding areas. The guidance can be found here, with some restrictions relaxed from 18 July, others on 24 July and a review of the whole situation due on 1 August.

16 July

A new protective shield has been launched by Ford, designed to help companies adhere to social distancing regulations and provide a barrier between occupants. Available on the Transit and Transit Custom vans and people movers, the shields can be fitted at Ford retailers and in a combination of ways to partition different areas of the cabin depending on user requirement.

The latest fleet safety guide has been published by IAM Roadsmart to help fleets get their drivers back on the road post-lockdown. It can be downloaded here.

15 July

Vauxhall has confirmed that production is to restart at its Ellesmere Port factory in the north west of England on 17 August. The plant, which builds the Astra model, has been shut since 17 March.

14 July

Toyota has developed a lightweight and easy-fit cabin safety screen to help protect taxi drivers and passengers. The company claimed it is the first to receive official Transport for London approval, and can be fitted to the Prius and Corolla models. It is available to order from retailers from £195, and Toyota is also awaiting approval for a larger version for Prius+ and RAV4 models.

9 July

Councils in England are set for an “economic shock”, with the lockdown and suspension of parking charges taking a large chunk out of the expected £885m revenue during 2020/21, according to the AA.

8 July

A new “triple threat” to fleet safety around service, maintenance and is emerging in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, according to Epyx. The company said need to minimise spend, a potential capacity shortage within SMR providers, especially around MoT testing and the aging of the car parc due to a drop in new car sales increasing the need for SMR will contribute to potential problems in keeping cars roadworthy.

7 July

Home delivery demand has become evergreen as a result of the changes to life since lockdown was introduced, with seasonal peaks and troughs “a thing of the past”, according to ParcelHero.

Used car retailers did not need to drop their pricing in June, as demand outstripped ability t restock forecourts, according to Cazana. Pricing of all cars rose last month, though the company pointed out that three-year old cars are not at the point they were in 2018.

PVS Group is offering a free trial of its recently launched car, van and truck data dashboard, to “help fleets emerging from lockdown”, according to the firm. The e-Data system will be supplied to the first five fleets to get in touch with the company.

6 July

The Government has confirmed its list of countries and territories from which travellers arriving in to the UK do not need to self-isolate. A total of 76 make the list, which can be found here.

The new car market was down 34.9% year-on-year and the van market down 24.8% in June as the UK began to exit lockdown, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The 5,930 Ford Transit Customs registered last month put it above any car model, with the Vauxhall Corsa the top car on 4,528.

Citroen is offering NHS workers and members of the National Teaching Association an additional £300 towards the price of any new model, on top of existing offers, to say thank you for their work during the Coronavirus crisis.

2 July

Accident rates are climbing again, even ahead of the figures for the post-lockdown period, according to data from accident management firm AX. The company said that the number of accidents rose by 72% in May compared to April, and parking accidents rose from around a third in a regular month to pass the 40% ark for the first time in AX’s figures.

The Coronavirus crisis has “pushed forward digitisation of the motor industry by probably five years”, ASE Global chairman Mike Jones told the Vehicle Remarketing Association member meeting yesterday. “Whichever aspect you examine, from retail to delivery, there has been a marked shift online,” he told almost 50 delegates, adding that the remarketing sector has arguably become an digital-first sector in a very short period of time.

1 July

Aviva has warned of the danger of increased numbers of unsafe cars on the roads as more drivers return to the vehicles after lockdown. According to the company, 68% of drivers didn’t check tyre tread depth or oil level before resuming driving, 60% didn’t check tyre pressures and 67% didn’t look at their lights. In addition, 62% or motorists are nervous about driving after lockdown, with the top reasons being increased traffic as people avoid public transport and increased numbers of cyclists.

30 June

The used light commercial vehicle market was unlike any experienced in 30 years, according to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions managing director Alex Wright, as a shortage of stock pushed prices up. Wright described the situation as “extra ordinary”, as the “crippling van shortage” caused by fleets delaying vehicle replacements left dealers needing to pay top prices to avoid having empty forecourts.

More than two thirds of London commuters feel concerned about using public transport, even with the introduction of compulsory face masks, while 49% plan to use their own vehicle to commute, up from 23% pre-pandemic, according to research from Addison Lee.

24 June

The “perfect storm” of Coronavirus and Brexit could be heading for the used car market, according to residual value expert Glass’s, although the company has said the UK has the potential to bounce back quickly and strongly from the recession that it said there is “no doubt” is coming. Factors set to affect the market in the near future include supply constraints around right-hand drive cars, Brexit negotiations impacting exchange rates and increasing the price of new cars and a contraction of the new car market caused by rising unemployment.

A quarter of furloughed employees are likely to be made redundant in September, while 90% of businesses are still owed money from work undertaken in March and only 15% of SME owners feel in control of their own businesses, according to research from Market Finance. Only 43% of businesses applying for a CBILS loan were successful, according to the firm, and a third of businesses are looking to leave their premises entirely due to the success of home working, according to the survey of 2000 companies.

CD Auctions reported record sales volumes on sales to 22 June, with overall sales up 18% on the same period last year and performance versus Cap valuation on cars running at over 100%.

23 June

Hyundai has announced a goal of becoming “one of the nation’s largest provider of electric cars”, and claimed that buyers ordering a Kona or Ioniq full electric model could receive their car in as little as a few days. Including mild hybrid technology, the brand said three-quarters of its line-up will be electrified, with a new hybrid and PHEV Santa Fe due by the end of the year.

22 June

Welsh and Scottish car retailers have reopened, following on from those in England that recommenced operations at the beginning of this month.

More than a third of people questioned are planning to permanently stop car sharing in the wake of Covid-19. The online poll of 750 people by Motorpoint found that 41.3% of people felt that giving a lift to people was now a thing of the past.

BCA has announced a new fortnightly programme of Top Car sales, following what it said were successful events staged in May and June. The fortnightly will take place at 1pm on Thursdays from 25 June, with stock coming from prestige, luxury and performance sources including Porsche Financial Services and Bentley Financial Services, and including models from Lamborghini, McLaren, Aston Martin, Bentley, Maserati and Tesla.

Over two million motorists have had their car MoT test carried out across April and May despite the Government’s six-month MoT holiday, although over five million fewer tests were carried out across that period, according to Motorway.co.uk. There was an 89% increase in tests in May against April, but numbers were still down 61% on May 2019.

18 June

The BVRLA has published a Covid-19 Recovery Plan, outlining how the vehicle rental, leasing and fleet sector can work with policymakers to deliver “a swift rebound in the economy and a faster trajectory towards transport decarbonisation”. The document can be found at https://www.bvrla.co.uk/industry-campaigns/policy-priorities.html.

A webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on the fleet industry will be held by the Association of Fleet Professionals on 15 July, with a range of speakers including AFP deputy chair Stuart Lightbody and Stericycle fleet manager Paul Brown. The webinar will be held via Zoom, with delegates can register by emailing administration@theafp.co.uk.

17 June

Peugeot has extended its Pride friends and family special buying terms on new cars to all NHS staff, regardless of role within the organisation. Workers need to register via https://www.peugeot.co.uk/nhs-thank-you/ to unlock offers on new cars.

16 June

The fallout from the pandemic has included a flattening-off of the rush hour period, with the level of people using the roads more steady through the day, with 11am as busy as 8am across Europe, according to figures from Cubic Telecom, which said traffic levels are now higher than pre-pandemic thanks to moves away from public transport.

Used car sales across the first 10 days of June are running 3.4% ahead of the same period in 2019, with the move out of lockdown boosting sales, according to figures from Indicata, which claimed UK dealers are, between them, 100,000 cars short on stock against pre-lockdown levels.

Journey approvals could be the future for company car drivers, with special permission from line mangers required, even once the threat of Coronavirus has passed. Fleetcheck said the rise of video conferencing could have a long-term impact on business travel, although it admitted some meetings require a human presence to demonstrate a product or service, or to establish and maintain rapport with contacts.

15 June

Any moves to stimulate the new car market should be “fuel agnostic” and encourage the sales of both electric and fossil fuel vehicles, said Auto Logistic Solutions. “I fully welcome a scrappage scheme, but let’s not penalise established fossil fuelled cars and garages still making the vital transition to EVs,” said managing director Kyle Harris. “The new scheme should treat EVs and ICEs in the same way. That way the industry is helped, not hindered in its journey to zero emissions.”

Aston Barclay is to maintain its 100% online approach, although it has introduced new practices by allowing a limited number of buyers on-site prior to an auction to inspect potential purchases. Customers will be required to sign an online form confirming the sale they are interested in viewing, and will only be allowed in by appointment. The auction itself will still take place only online.

12 June

Enterprise-owned car club Ubeeqo UK has recommenced operations in London, with vehicles available again across 10 boroughs.

Peugeot’s light commercial vehicle range is now available to reserve online through the brand’s Buy Online process. Customers can speak to a brand specialist through online portals and configure and reserve their vehicle for a £250 deposit, with Peugeot liaising over final arrangements including free delivery or Click and Collect collection from a retailer.

10 June

Drive IQ has launched a complimentary Covid-19 safety card for employers to help their employees get back behind the wheel after an extended period off the road.

Two thirds of consumers would consider using an e-scooter as an alternative to public transport, although 40% of the 200 people surveyed by Venson Automotive Solutions expected the Government’s proposed new rules on the machines such as no riding on pavements, would be broken.

9 June

Fiat aftersales division MOPAR has launched a Tune Up Before You Restart campaign, offering a free seven-point vehicle health check, an £89 service that adds air conditioning cleanse, full vehicle sanitation and pollen filter replacement, with an upgraded pollen filter fitted for an additional £10.

In another sign that service and repair businesses are back in business, wheel alignment manufacturer Absolute Alignment has reported that its sales in May matched its pre-lockdown figures for March.

Businesses have been called upon to take responsibility for their drivers and make safety conscious decisions on their behalf, rather than add work-related stress. Licence Bureau said drivers should be given more control over their own diaries, modes an timing of communication and mobility solutions.

Executive cars experienced the largest price increase in the past seven days, rising by 0.81% according to Cazana, which suggested the rise is down to increased customer enquiries and reduced stock availability.

8 June

Nissan has restarted production at its plant in Sunderland, with a Juke small crossover model being first car off the line in almost three months.

Newspaper reports have suggested that the Government is looking at the possibility of a new £6000 grant to help drivers move into electric vehicles.

Fleet management is “likely to remain a much more remote activity” despite lockdown starting to ease, according to Fleetcheck. The firm claimed that “large numbers of companies are planning to never completely return to conventional office- or depot-based working”.

Bounceback loans for smaller businesses have helped to kick-start the used vehicle market, with used car dealers using the money to source replacement forecourt stock, according to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions.

The British Motor Show has been rescheduled to August 2021, but a new Cars and Christmas event will take place on the weekend of 28-29 November at Farnborough International, with an event also been planned in the north for the following weekend.

The annual Low Carbon Vehicle and Connected Automated Mobility shows scheduled for 9-10 September has been moved to 18-19 November. The show will still take place at Millbrook in Bedfordshire.

5 June

Petrol sales are around 40% down on pre-lockdown levels, according to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy figures.

Renault has revealed that its Kangoo ZE33 demonstrator vehicle on the Isle of Wight has been used to deliver iPads to local care homes via an Age UK initiative. The vehicle was on trial with EVExpress before the lockdown, but has been redeployed to deliver the tablets to allow residents to stay in contact with family.

4 June

Fleet service, maintenance and repair activity is back to 60% of pre-Coronavirus levels, according to e-commerce expert Epyx. “We are seeing definite signs of momentum with a noticeable increase in numbers every day,” said Tim Meadows, commercial director at the firm. “There is a definite feeling that fleets are getting back to work on quite a widespread basis.”

Leasing company AMT claimed that there have been big rises in the number of web searches for car maintenance subjects, with the queries for seized brakes, flat battery and tyre pump up by 90.9%, 62.9% and 55.6% respectively compared with three month ago.

3 June

The UK automotive industry has been in secret talks with the Government over a £1.5bn scrappage scheme to encourage the purchase of new cars, according to The Guardian, which reported that the industry is pushing for incentives to be equal across petrol, diesel and alternative fuelled vehicles.

Imperial Car Supermarket has reported demand “exceeding all expectations” after reopening its doors on 1 June. “The demand was way in excess of our original expectations and projections,” managing director Mike Bell. “This could well be pent-up demand however, so we are being cautious as to how we resource this current need.”

Tesco has recruited an extra 12,000 pickers and 4000 drivers since the Coronavirus crisis began. Mercedes-Benz Vans has provided 15 Sprinter vans to the supermarket chain on a minimum three-month basis to help assess potential new drivers. Sprinters make up around half of the company’s 5000-strong delivery van fleet.

2 June

There is disagreement within the fleet and service and repair industry as to who should pick up the cost of sanitising vehicles and PPE after service, maintenance and repair work, according to Epyx. The company said the cost is starting to appear as a formal charge on some job sheets, with both garages and fleets seeing it as an additional cost they shouldn’t have to bear.

1 June

Car retailers reopened their doors after lockdown, as the sector is an early beneficiary of Government attempts to get the economy moving again.

28 May

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist has issued a reminder to drivers not to get behind the wheel if they have concerned about their eyesight. “If you are concerned about changes to the quality of your vision, please don’t put yourself and others at risk by driving,” said GEM road safety officer Neil Worth. “There are simply no excuses for driving when you’re unsure you can see properly, as you risk causing injury not only to yourself but to your passengers and anyone else who happens to be in your way.”

Car dealers across the country have confirmed that they will be reopening their doors for sales and service work from 1 June, following Government moves to ease the lockdown.

The Institute of the Motor Industry has begun a campaign to encourage drivers to get their vehicles MoT’d and serviced despite the Government’s six-month extension to expiring MoT certificates. The organisation’s chief executive Steve Nash said the IMI will be “campaigning during June to raise awareness amongst motorists that if they are using their vehicles more regularly they are legally required to ensure they are completely roadworthy. The government has always been clear that while the MOT extension is in place vehicles on the roads must be safe.”

22 May

Europcar has launched what it calls a “Back to Work” offer, aimed at employees that live too far from their workplace to walk or cycle, but are nervous about using public transport.Available until 30 June, the company is charging from £12 per day for flexible car hire on bookings of seven days or more, with free collection and delivery and unlimited additional drivers on bookings of 28 days or more.

Manchester has joined Bath, Birmingham and Leeds in delaying its clean air zone introduction due to Coronavirus. The project has been postponed until 2022.

Ford has been offering extended use of its short-term demo fleet to emergency service customers during the pandemic. The company has more than 130 emergency service contracts across the UK, and has more than of its 5000 cars and commercial vehicles in operation on emergency service fleets.

20 May

IAM Roadsmart has issued guidance for drivers with flat batteries, warning that it’s not possible to jump start all cars. If the car’s manual says it is possible to jump start, the organisation’s tips include ensuring keyless start models’ keys in a pocket as they can lock themselves if a restart is attempted with a flat battery.

Groupe PSA has introduced a new complete antibacterial refresh service across its Citroen, DS, Peugeot and Vauxhall retailer network. The £99 operation includes a comprehensive clean of the air conditioning system, replacement of pollen filters, 29-point vehicle health check of key components and parts and an internal and external disinfection of the vehicle. The company’s social distancing and hygiene guidelines also include contactless drop-off arrangements and collection and delivery from home or work locations.

19 May

The used car market is beginning to show signs of increased activity, with a rise in the number of dealers acquiring new stock online, according to Cazana. Helped by the introduction of socially distanced delivery and, according to the firm, increasing business and consumer confidence, more dealers are able to complete the transaction process, leading to increasing sales volumes.

Arval has introduced a programme called The Journey Goes On, designed to help ease the process out of lockdown. The three main pillars are adapted operations to comply with social distancing and driver safety, flexible, shorter-term leasing solutions available immediately to help businesses restart, and sustainable and alternative mobility solutions.

18 May

Drivers are increasingly flouting speed limits while the roads are quieter during the Coronavirus crisis, according to data amassed by VisionTrack. Despite a 22.6% drop in the number of miles driven, the company said instances of speeding are up 2.6%. However harsh braking, turning and acceleration instances are all down by at least 12.6%. “These findings show that fleet and transport operations cannot lose focus or become complacent about the dangers of irresponsible and illegal driving,” said Richard Lane, Commercial Director of VisionTrack. “With less vehicles on the road there is a temptation to drive faster than normal, but there is still a high number of vulnerable road users that are particularly at risk. Businesses need to engage with their drivers to ensure they understand their responsibilities during the lockdown and are aware of the potential threat not only to life but also brand reputation.”

15 May

Online vehicle remarketing company Adesa has claimed that the way defleeted cars are remarketed will undergo a “paradigm shift” from physical auctions to online as COVID-19 lockdown measures are eased.

The used car market is showing signs of recovery, according to Cap HPI, which said data volumes increased by 70% in the week commencing 4 May versus a fortnight earlier. It said wholesale selling prices increased from around £4000 to over £7000. “The movements we are currently seeing in the middle of this pandemic are by no means seismic,” said Cap HPI head of valuations Darren Martin. ““We are now in a position to confidently move values in line with the market, taking a prudent approach using our editorial expertise, no algorithms, to analyse the data.”

14 May

CD Auctions has become the latest auction company to restart online operations, recommencing with immediate effect. The company will host a van sale today and car sale today in response to customer demand. “We expect sales through digital channels via mobile devices to account for over 60% of volumes for the rest of 2020 and continue to grow as buyers seek remote solutions,” said managing director Andy Brown. “We also anticipate that more vendors will look to our off-site service to limit the movement of vehicles and exposure of people supporting the remarketing supply chain.”

13 May

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has published a 20-page guide to support those working the rental and leasing sector. “This health crisis is not going to disappear any time soon and we must now look ahead at how we can support businesses in this new, post-pandemic environment,” said BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney. “Ensuring that they can operate safely is key and this new guide will support that.” The 20-page guide is available at https://www.bvrla.co.uk/resource/a-guide-to-operating-during-the-covid-19-pandemic.html

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and National Franchised Dealer Association have published joint sector-specific guidance to help ensure showrooms are safe spaces for employees and customers. “People need cars to get back to work. Often, getting work done requires the use of a vehicle,” said Sue Robinson, NFDA Director. “It is positive that the automotive industry is working together to resume business as soon as possible in line with the government’s guidelines. The guidance will allow automotive retailers to provide the best possible service in sales and aftersales while protecting staff and guests.”

Ford has confirmed that it will restart manufacturing at its Dagenham and Bridgend plants from 18 May, which will start up at the same time as the firm’s Valencia engine factory in Spain to complete a full set of the company’s manufacturing operations in Europe back in action.

Coronavirus should be added to fleet risk policies, off the back of new Government advice for employees working in or from vehicles, according to FleetCheck. “The fact is that coronavirus is going to be very much part of everyday fleet management for the foreseeable future and that businesses need to tackle the issue as proactively as possible,” said Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck. “There is undoubtedly an argument for integrating the Government’s strategies and more into your overall, written risk management policy. Until there is a vaccine or a cure for coronavirus, it is going to have be managed and you should have a written infrastructure.”

The new Association of Fleet Professionals has reported a 20% increase in use of its training courses during the lockdown, which is being attributed to fleet decision makers using additional time currently available to them to improve their skills and qualifications.

 

12 May

Enterprise Holdings has launched a Complete Clean Car programme across its global operations, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car. The company said it is committed to maintaining the “highest standards of cleanliness in the car rental industry” and has relaunched and expanded its cleaning protocols.

Manheim has resumed its auction programme, with the first online-only sale taking place from 10am. Trade-only stock will be available through Buy Now and Simulcast auction, with Simulcast fees on hold until further notice.

There will be a “surge” of used cars released into the wholesale market once lockdown restrictions permit used car retailers to open their showrooms, according to online remarketer Adesa. “With social distancing restrictions expected to remain in place for the rest of the year, online remarketing is becoming an attractive option for trade buyers wary of visiting auction halls,” said Adesa UK managing director Jonathan Holland, who also predicted that new car buyers could switch to used purchases if waiting times for new models stretch too far while factories get back online.

 

11 May

Government has published advice for employees working “in or from vehicles” to help advice safe-working policies. Called Working Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19) In or From a Vehicle, the guidance can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/vehicles, and is aimed at couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit, work vehicles and field forces.

 

7 May

Citroen has launched a new service, enabling customers to research, configure and reserve a new car online. Customers can check unsold stock of cars and vans, and place a vehicle on hold for up to five days. The company is also offering home delivery of vehicles. Sister brand Peugeot has also launched a Buy Online system offering home deliveries and three-month payment holidays.

Plans to introduce low-emissions zones in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow have been put on hold due to COVID-19, with the schemes described as “no longer practical” as the Scottish Government and local authorities will have other priorities in the wake of the lockdown according to a report in The Scotsman.

 

6 May

Peugeot has supplied five of its demonstrator vehicles to Greater Manchester Police to help during the COVID-19 crisis. The vehicles, four Expert crew vans and an Expert Traveller, will be put to use supporting front-line policing during the pandemic.

London has shown the biggest drop in local air pollution during the lockdown, with PM2.5 levels dropping by 34.3% versus the same period in 2019, according to Instant Offices. Leicester and Edinburgh rounded out the top three with 19.9% and 16.9% drops respectively. Liverpool and Birmingham both recorded increases.

 

4 May

There is a “strong argument” for fleets to continue car and van MoTs during lockdown, despite the six-month suspension, according to FleetCheck. “There is a strong argument for fleets to continue with MOTs as normal, whether their vehicles are currently in use or not,” said FleetCheck managing director Peter Golding. “Employers need to remember that they are liable for the safety of vehicle, whether it has been officially tested or not. If something goes wrong during that six month period, it is still very much their responsibility.”

 

Six-month extension to MoT expiry dates