New electric vehicle association opens up for membership

The Electric Vehicle Association has launched, offering membership benefits and aiming to become the voice of EV drivers.

Costing £20 per year, the association offers information, guides and discounted products, including a launch offer of £50 off a home charger from the Rightcharge website.

“With numbers of electric cars steadily increasing despite the economic challenges of lockdown, and the 2030 phase out date for all new sales of petrol and diesel cars fresh in people’s minds, EVA England acts as a support mechanism for both current and prospective electric car drivers,” said Gill Nowell, a director at EVA England. “We launched our new website in February and have been delighted by the number of membership enquiries already received from drivers who are keen to join the EVA England community.”

Members receive a membership pack, charging etiquette guide and access to further guides and support, with plans for events and further discounts on products and services as membership grows.

GDPR warning over licence check permissions

Many drivers will need re-mandating to give permission for fleets to access their DVLA licence details as the third anniversary of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation approaches on 25 May.

According to Licence Check, driver permissions will expire three years after they were first granted, and the company said its figures showed a 200% spike in re-permissions in June.

It’s important to prepare to re-mandate your drivers and get a good understanding of your driver data now so that you can plan ahead and avoid a last-minute rush before the existing permission expires,” said Licence Check general manager Terry Hiles.

Pothole damage averages £142 says Citroen

A third of drivers have experienced damage caused by potholes with the average cost of repair sitting at £142, according to new research from Citroen.

The company found that 11% of drivers have been hit with a bill of more than £250, with the most recent figures from the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance report showing drivers claimed £6.6m in road user-related compensation from local authorities in the year to March 2020, up from £6.2m in 2018/19.

“It is concerning to find that potholes have caused damage to nearly a third of drivers’ cars across England and Wales,” said Eurig Druce, Managing Director of Citroën UK. “Local authorities have a lot of issues to solve and this will take time”.


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