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Round-Up: Car industry ‘is WLTP ready’, COVID-19 fleet protocol ‘needed’, PSA shuts factories

Car industry ‘is WLTP ready’

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The car industry will be ready for the introduction of WLTP-based motoring taxes this year.

That’s according to vehicle data giant Cap HPI which said it has led industry efforts to manage the changes and says it already has a 90% fill-rate across all manufacturers.

It said its team has led industry efforts to manage the changes and worked closely with partners across the industry to ensure customers have the data they need to navigate the transition to WLTP CO2 emissions values.

WLTP comes into force in the UK on 1 April for VED and 6 April 2020 for BiK. Vehicles registered after this date will be taxed using the new WLTP CO2 emissions values. The values will relate to the specific configuration of an individual vehicle, taking optional equipment fitted to the vehicle into account for the first time.

COVID-19 home delivery fleet protocol ‘needed’

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A protocol is needed to ensure that home delivery fleets do not place drivers or the public at “additional risk” from coronavirus.

That’s according to fleet software company FleetCheck which said these fleets could serve an essential role in the next few months by ensuring that people who are self-isolating can easily access food and other essentials – but it warned there is a possibility that drivers could be exposing themselves to risk as well as personally spreading the virus.

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: “This is an area where we need to establish some sensible ground rules very quickly, we believe. Home delivery fleets have a potentially crucial role to play but could also become a problem in themselves. At the most basic level, the act of signing for delivery with your fingertip on a screen should stop right now. I’m no epidemiologist but if someone is self-isolating, you don’t want them placing a finger on a widely shared surface, however often it is cleaned.”

PSA shuts factories

Peugeot-Citroen-Vauxhall is to close its factories until 27 March due to the impact of Covid-19 and a “sudden decline” in the automotive markets, the group has announced.

It said Vauxhall’s Luton plant will close on 19 March,  adding that the site management teams will implement the site closure procedures locally, which will be done in coordination with the social partners.