Public funding for 50 new EV chargepoints
Highways England has committed £2.8m for the installation of 50 new electric vehicle charge points across the country over the next nine months, with the goal of 95% of the UK’s motorways and A-roads being within 20 miles of a charge point. BP Chargemaster will be responsible for the points in the north, and Swarco UK in the south, with the contract also including a seven-year maintenance agreement to ensure they remain operational.
“This contract is about supporting drivers of electric vehicles using our network,” said Highways England’s Mark Collins, Environmental Designated Fund (Carbon) Portfolio Manager.“It will give them additional charging facilities just off England’s motorways and major A roads to help them make longer journeys and reduce the anxiety of potentially running out of power.”
Government policy confusion leading to CO2 rise – Fleet Alliance
Fleet Alliance has reported a 9% rise in CO2 emissions across its 28,000 vehicle fleet in 2018, blaming “confused Government policy towards diesel vehicles” for the issue.
The figures went from an average of 115g/km in 2017 to 125g/km in 2018 due to a plunge in the number of diesel vehicles on fleet.
“What we are seeing first-hand is a direct result of misguided Government policy and an anti-diesel stance which is completely unjustified,” said Fleet Alliance managing director Martin Brown (pictured right). “It is almost unthinkable that we should see CO2 emissions increase on a national level after all the hard work undertaken in bringing them down over the last 20 years.
Brexit paperwork warning for drivers heading into Europe
British drivers are likely to require a Green Card in order to take their vehicles into Europe, regardless of whether there is a deal on Brexit in the next few weeks, according to Venson Fleet Solutions.
The insurance documentation comes on top of the VE103B form required for leased or rented vehicles to prove that the driver has the right to take the car abroad, while an International Driver’s Permit mat also be required, available from selected Post Offices.
“Under the Brexit deal drafted at the end of 2018, visa-free travel should continue as it currently stands, until the end of the transition period,” said Simon Staton, Director of Client Management at Venson Automotive Solutions. “But in the event of a no-deal, businesses need to make sure they are fully aware of what arrangements need to be made before their drivers get on the road in European countries.”