Andrew Tracey named new Alfa and Jeep boss
Andrew Tracey has been appointed brand country manager for Alfa Romeo and Jeep, taking over from Damien Dally who has moved to a role at the Fiat Group’s Turin HQ.
He joins from Seat, where he was head of marketing, and previously head of planning.
Tracker appeal for fleet clean air trial
Telematics specialist Tracker is appealing to fleets to join a clean air trial known as Air.Car. Run by its parent company, Tantalum Corporation, the six-month experiment will attempt to measure real-time NOx emissions, with a view to helping fleet managers cut emissions, fuel usage and costs.
Participants will have telematics units fitted to their vehicles’ OBD ports, while fleet operators will receive a basic training course and software to monitor the results. Businesses interested in taking part can register at: https://www.tantalumcorporation.com/air-car/.
“Towns and cities across the UK have dangerous levels of NO2, significantly over legally allowed limits, and increasing urbanisation and congestion are only set to magnify this problem,” said Tracker’s COO, David Wilson, “Air.Car will be able to help deliver much needed emissions reduction in a smarter, cheaper and fairer way than some of the alternatives that are being considered.”
DVLA to launch smartphone licence plan
The DVLA has confirmed it will launch a smartphone driving licence private beta test this September ahead of a “secure service to allow customers to view a representation of their driving licence on their smartphone” in 2018.
The system will work in addition to the current photocard driving licence (not as a replacement) and it will be tested 2017, prior to the proposed roll-out next year.
The organisation said: “This service will not replace the full driving licence. The digital licence service will only be available to driving licence holders who have authenticated themselves on gov.uk through the existing driving licence service.
“This service will be available 24/7, wherever the driver has a web connection. We will develop a private beta service by September 2017.”