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Motorway speed limit reductions to cut emissions

Highways England has implemented air quality speed restriction trials of 60mph on a total of eight sections of motorway, with three re-introduced following a suspension due to reduced traffic during the pandemic. These are the M1 J34-33, M6 J6-7 and M602 J1-3, while the M5 J1-2 has also joined the scheme.

Four other locations have reduced speed limits for other reasons – M4 J2-4, A1 at Blaydon, Gateshead, M621 J6-7 and M32 J1-3, with all bar the M621 due to roadworks – but have also been identified as areas with high NO2 levels.

EDF hits 500 salsac deliveries

Energy firm EDF has hit the 500-EV milestone under its salary sacrifice scheme, which launched in 2020 and is run by Tusker.

The company said 4% of its 11,000 employees have so far joined the scheme, with around 14 per month now signing up, 93% of which are choosing an electric vehicle. EDF has installed charge points at 20 of its sites,

“We launched the initiative to coincide with the government’s change in Benefit in Kind to 0% for the 2020/21 tax year. It reduced the BIK payable from 16% so provided considerable tax savings to employees – for both 20% and 40% taxpayers,” said EDF benefits manager Vanessa Corsie. “We’ve already seen substantial savings as an organisation too. It also meets our duty of care obligations, reduces grey fleet challenges by getting employees into a new car and helps us meet our corporate environmental targets.”

ASDA company car fleet to go EV by 2025

Supermarket giant ASDA has confirmed that it is moving its 600-strong company car fleet to electric over the next four years, with the last petrol or diesel car gone by June 2025. The company said 85% of drivers opting for a company car in the past year chose an EV, with the choice list including the Audi Q4 e-tron, Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, VW ID.3 and ID.4 and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

“Transitioning the fleet to BEVs creates a significant carbon saving for the business, which supports Asda’s sustainability agenda and gives colleagues access to a wide range of BEVs that provide the latest technology and cost-effective motoring,” said Jon Smith, relationship director at Zenith, which has worked with ADSA on its car and commercial fleet for the past two decades.

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