Facelifted Mercedes Vito revealed
Mercedes has updated its Vito van and has introduced its car-derived 2.0-litre diesel engine to the panel van models for the first time.
Previously only available with the Vito Tourer Minibus variants, the engine is offered in three guises, with power outputs ranging from 114hp to 190hp.
The Vito is available with a choice of three lengths, two wheelbases and has a payload of up to 1,369kg, while an optional plastic floor can add up to 15kg to the payload compared with the wooden floor.
Mercedes-Benz is also offering an electric variant of the Vito, which is powered by a 150kW motor and is capable of travelling 261 miles between recharges.
Leeds confirms CAZ start date
Leeds City Council has confirmed its Clean Air Zone will go live on 28 September.
It was meant to be introduced at the start of the year, however, delays to the Government-run vehicle checking service forced the city – and Birmingham – to postpone the introduction.
“With six months before the zone takes effect, it is now time for businesses to prepare. I would strongly encourage those who may be affected to check their vehicle and find out more about the financial support and exemptions available by visiting our website,” said Cllr James Lewis, executive member with responsibility for air quality.
Licence Bureau acquired
Fleet management compliance company TTC Group has acquired licence-checking service Licence Bureau for an undisclosed sum.
TTC said the buy-out “broadens its corporate fleet customer base and further strengthens its compliance capability within its proprietary technology platform” and added its corporate fleet division of TTC Group will move to Licence Bureau’s offices in Hemel Hempstead “to support the wider group’s fleet risk management activities.”
“Our business models complement each other perfectly, and the deal will enable us to provide a higher quality service to existing clients and give a wider offering of products to new customers,” said Jim Kirkwood, CEO at TTC Group. “I look forward to working closely alongside our partners at Licence Bureau as we continue to expand.”