Government moots online accident reporting tool
The government is planning to introduce a new service that would allow motorists to report road accidents online.
It said such a system would “lessen the burden on motorists who have to report a crash in person within 24 hours, cut the need for people to take time off work and also free up police resources”. It added that people would still be able to report crashes at police stations and said that some police forces already offer such as service.
Speaking at the National Roads Policing Conference, roads minister Jesse Norman said: “Our roads are among the safest in the world, in part due to the outstanding work of traffic officers.
“However, the current system is out of date; it takes up considerable amounts of time and increases queues for reporting crimes.
“The ability to report accidents online will make the whole process quicker and easier for both drivers and the police.”
UK vehicle-to-grid tech trial underway
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a £9.8 million vehicle-to-grid demonstrator project. The concept involves sending surplus energy from the batteries of electric vehicles back to the grid, which can potentially be done at a profit to the organisation that owns the vehicles.
Nissan, a partner in the project, said it would be “a large-scale demonstrator, targeting 1000 vehicle-to-grid installations that will evaluate a commercial offer to electric vehicle fleet customers.
“The chargers will be controlled by an aggregator and data will be collected to understand the technical characteristics of vehicle to grid charging for both the vehicles and the electricity networks.”
Other organisations involved in the project are vehicle-to-grid specialist Nuvve, the National Grid, UK Power Networks and Northern Powergrid, Newcastle University and Imperial College London.
Arval predicts its diesel share to drop to 78% by 2020
Leasing firm Arval has predicted that the percentage of diesel vehicles it leases to UK customers will fall from 90% today to 78% by 2020.
The announcement follows yesterday’s publication of its white paper entitled Cleaning the air around diesel, in which it attempts to dispel current myths around the fuel type and asses the suitability of different powertrains for fleets.
Shaun Sadlier, head of consultancy (pictured), said: “During the second half of last year, diesel became perhaps the most discussed topic with our fleet clients.
“Our view at that point in time was that a lot of what was being said and being reported was spurious, and that the correct thing to do was to wait and formulate a position that we believed was correct and sustainable. This measured thinking forms the basis of our white paper.
“Certainly, our view continues to be that the fleets of the future will use a mix of all available fuels and that diesel will continue to be a viable and important element.
“Arguably, the difficult part will be making the right fuel choices for the right applications, and we see helping fleets make these decisions as a key part of our consultancy offering moving forward.”