Afternoon round-up: Sheffield bans Uber, industrial strategy points way for fleets, new Renault petrol engine

 

Sheffield council suspends Uber’s licence

Sheffield City Council has suspended Uber’s private hire operator’s licence, after the ride hailing firm failed to respond to enquiries about its management. Uber home screen

The company can continue to operate in the city until 18 December and can appeal against the council’s decision. Uber has described the issue as an administrative error on the council’s part.

The firm is in the process of appealing Transport for London’s high-profile refusal to renew its licence to operate in the capital in September, citing the company’s failure to report criminal offences and use of software designed to block regulatory enforcements.

Brighton renewed Uber’s licence in November, but said it would monitor the outcome of the London case.

Click here for the full BBC story on Sheffield’s Uber ban.

Arval: government industrial strategy shows fleets the way

The UK government’s industrial strategy, released last week, is a good indicator as to the future of fleet operations, according to leasing firm Arval.

“It is clear that what the government envisages is a future for road transport – both people and goods – that makes maximum use of low emissions technology and, if not fully autonomous vehicles, then something close to them,” said head of insight, Mike Waters.

“This is a vision that, while not unexpected, shows the level of ambition that exists at the highest level. To bring about the kind of transport infrastructure being envisaged would require fundamental changes in everything from the fuel used by vehicles to how they are used.

“The question now is how the government plans to bring this about. Generally, the industrial strategy itself has been warmly received. Now we must see what additional steps are introduced to help make the grand challenges a reality.”

“The £400m earmarked for the Charging Infrastructure Fund is a positive step in making EVs more of a practical proposition for all users and continued moves in this direction will, if maintained, help to have a substantial impact on vehicle emissions.

“The government itself is leading by example in this area by stating an aim of ensuring that 25% of all of its fleet vehicles will be ULEVs by 2022.”

Renault reveals new turbo petrol engine

Renault has revealed a new direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, co-developed with sister firms Nissan and Mitsubishi, and with input from Daimler. Renault new petrol engine 2017

Known as the Energy TCe 140 or 160, depending on the configuration, will initially be offered with the Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs in 2018, emitting from 122g/km and 125g/km of CO2 and returning an official 52.2 and 50.4mpg respectively.

The manufacturer claims the new units result in a reduction of 7g.km on the Scenic and 11g/km on the Grand Scenic compared to the previous petrol units and will offer significantly more torque.