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Round-Up: Drivers against diesel bans, RNLI takes on Rangers, Pop-up chargers trialled

Drivers against diesel bans

Bristol Congestion

More than 80% of motorists are against plans to ban diesel cars from city centres.

A survey found 84% of people quizzed were opposed to plans by local authorities that could see Bristol become the first city in the UK to stop drivers of diesel cars using roads in certain parts of the city centre at selected times.

Mark Carpenter, chief Executive officer of Motorpoint, the company which conducted the poll, said: “We applaud efforts by local authorities to create ‘Clean Air Zones’ in our towns and cities but the message from motorists is that a blanket ban on privately-owned diesel drivers, especially when two out of five vehicles on the road today are diesels, won’t work and local authorities need to go back to the drawing board in order to come up with a solution that doesn’t just penalise diesel drivers.”

RNLI takes on Rangers


The RNLI has taken on 20 Ford Ranger pick-ups, which will be used to support beach patrols across the country.

The new vehicles are part of a wider association with the Blue Oval – Ford will ship a total of 210 new vehicles to the RNLI by the end of 2019, followed by a further 150 in 2020 and again in 2021 – including a total of 100 Ford Rangers to act as beach patrol vehicles for its lifeguard service.

The 2019 fleet of RNLI Fords will include 10 Fiesta, 10 EcoSport, 80 Focus, 10 Kuga, 80 Transit, Transit Connect and Transit Customs plus the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle as well as the 20 Rangers.

Andy Barratt, managing director of Ford, said: “We’ve been delighted to supply vehicles to the RNLI this year and support the outstanding work they do to keep the UK coast line safe. We’re really excited to see our Ford Ranger being used as part of their vital beach patrols.”

Pop-up chargers trialled


Oxford is trialling retractable electric vehicle charging points.

The ‘OxPops’ trial, comprises six ‘UEone’ retractable pavement bollards installed on north eastern end of Lonsdale Road in North Oxford and the council said the pilot scheme “aims to provide electric vehicle charging capability to residents who live on a terraced street with on-road, off-pavement parking, and aims to resolve the struggle residents on these streets may have to charge their electric vehicles.”

The pop-up charging points allow residents who are involved in the trial to charge their electric vehicles for free at any of the six charging points on the street. The charging points are app-operated and retract underground when not in use in order to reduce street clutter.

The trial aims to remove the requirement for exclusive electric vehicle spaces, with both electric and non-electric vehicles able to use the spaces, the council added.