Afternoon round-up: Merc’s two-day test drive, graduated licence review, Renault plugs in


Mercedes launches two-day fleet test drives

Mercedes has launched 48-hour test drives for company car drivers.

The initiative is designed to meet the needs of end users and company car drivers, as well as fleet managers and leasing companies.

Since the programme started on 2 January around, a thousand 48-hour test drives have already been booked.

“Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, so we’ve made getting behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz as hassle-free as possible,” said Rob East, Mercedes’ head of fleet.Mercedes E-Class 2018

Government reviews graduated licence scheme

The government has pledged to review the introduction of a graduated licence (GDL) scheme, whereby learner drivers are required to spend a minimum amount of time undertaking practical lessons or training before they are eligible to take their test.

The issue was raised by Labour MP Jenny Chapman at Prime Minister’s Questions and Prime Minister Theresa May said the government would consider introducing such a programme.

“Too many young drivers pass the practical test unprepared for the road so any GDL scheme must focus on building experience in all traffic conditions,” said Neil Greig, director of policy and research at road safety charity IAM RoadSmart.

“GDL shouldn’t stop at the practical test and IAM RoadSmart supports post-test check-ups to embed learning and help new drivers negotiate our stressful roads.”
Young Drivers - Graduated Driving Scheme

Renault rolls out high-power charging points

Renault has announced a partnership with high-power charging network, E-via Flex-e, which will see the pair roll out a series of fast charging points for plug-in vehicles in Europe.

The project is due to commence at the end of 2018, when eight high-power charging stations will be installed in Italy, four in Spain and two in France. The charging points themselves will have a capacity of between 150kW and 350kW and they will be located along motorways and expressways.Renault & E-via Flex-e roll-out High Speed Charging points