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Round-Up: Hyundai invests in Arrival, 20% upturn in pothole call-outs, Gig drivers’ guidance

Hyundai, Kia invest in Arrival

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Hyundai and Kia have invested £100 million into electric van start-up Arrival.

According to the Korean companies, the investment will help Hyundai and Kia “meet rapidly growing demand in Europe for eco-friendly commercial vehicles, and accelerate the brands’ transformation from car makers to clean-mobility providers.”

As part of the deal, Hyundai and Kia will have access to Arrival’s platform and said this will enable them to supply eco-friendly vans and buses to European logistics companies and mobility companies that provide on-demand ride-hailing and shuttle services.

“The eco-friendly vehicle market in Europe is expected to grow rapidly due to the introduction of further environmental regulations,” said Albert Biermann, president and head of research and development division at Hyundai Motor Group. “Through the joint development of electric commercial vehicles with Arrival, we will be able to gain a competitive advantage and progressively establish our leadership in the global eco-friendly vehicle market, with Europe at the forefront.”

20% upturn in pothole call-outs, says RAC

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The RAC’s attended more than 2,000 breakdowns that are likely to be attributed to potholes in the three months to the end of 2019 – a 20% rise compared with the same period in 2018, according to new analysis of its data.

The RAC added its Pothole Index suggests the widespread problem of potholes and poor-quality roads remains as the Index currently stands at 1.7, down from 1.8 in the third quarter of 2019. This means drivers are 1.7 times more likely to break down as a result of pothole-related damage than they were back in 2006 when the RAC first started collecting data.

However, it warned that despite the relatively mild winter experienced in the UK so far that the arrival of colder conditions in the next few months will likely trigger a widespread outbreak of yet more potholes, causing expensive damage to thousands of drivers’ vehicles and creating new road safety hazards.

Gig drivers’ guidance launched

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RoSPA has launched new guidance aimed at helping self-employed gig economy workers stay safe on the road.

The main topics covered in the new guidance are the importance of maintaining bicycles and motor vehicles, how to avoid experiencing fatigue while on the road, and how to drive and ride safely in the dark.

The guidance also includes a reminder that it is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving, whether for calls, texts, taking photos or using social media adding this is pertinent because many gig economy workers use apps on their phone to monitor workload and communicate with customers.

“Driving is one of the most dangerous activities that most of us will ever do, and driving for work tends to be riskier than driving for private reasons. People who drive professionally are more likely to crash even after their higher mileages are taken into consideration,” said Nick Lloyd, head of road safety at RoSPA. “Our hope is that by providing tailored guidance to gig economy workers, we might be able to help avoid incidents on the road. We also want to see a move away from a relentless targets-driven culture which can lead to unsafe workloads, cause fatigue and result in collisions.”