Transport committee reveals road charging Inquiry
The Transport Select Committee has revealed that it will launch an enquiry into road user charging in early 2020.
The shift to electric vehicles will leave a “fiscal black hole” thanks to reducing levels of fuel duty, and the inquiry will cover the issues of road tolls, congestion charges, an HGV levy, workplace parking levy and low emission and clean air zones.
We need to ask how we will pay for roads in the future and in answering that question we have an opportunity for a much wider debate about our use of road space, cutting carbon emissions, tackling congestion, modal shift and how we prioritise active travel,” said Transport Select Committee chair Lilian Greenwood.
Lex offers two-week EV van tests
Lex Autolease has launched a new two-week trial programme of the Renault Kangoo ZE33 electric van, allowing businesses to gain a more significant insight into how plug-in vehicles could work on their fleet.
“We are committed to helping customers navigate the ever-evolving technological, regulatory and legislative landscape,” said Mark Grundy, Strategic Product and Proposition Manager – Commercial Vehicles at Lex Autolease. “An increasingly important part of having a fit-for-purpose fleet is ensuring the most effective mix of fuel types.
The van will be delivered to and collected from customers by a trained commercial vehicle specialist, and all businesses that sign up for the free test drive will receive guidance and support for the full duration from the Lex Autolease CV Specialist team. The initiative will initially run for 12 months.
Poor car seats costing businesses £8.8bn a year
Uncomfortable car seats are costing businesses a claimed £8.8bn per year in employees taking time off work through back pain, according to new research by Volvo.
The survey of 2000 people who drive for work found that 35% have taken at least one day off work due to back pain, with one-in-10 taking at least a full week.
“Back pain from poor quality car seats costs the UK economy billions in lost productivity, but also adds pressure on fleet providers to ensure their cars are comfortable for all drivers,” said Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK’s Managing Director. “Finding a replacement vehicle at short notice isn’t easy and costs money.”