Round-Up: Van market grows in August, 20mph limits in London, York EV event

Van market grows in August

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The UK new light commercial vehicle market increased by 41% in August, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The market has grown in every month of 2019, with 23,120 new vehicles registered in August for use on UK roads with the SMMT putting the rise in demand down to operators responding to regulatory changes.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive,said: “Another month of growth for the new van market is welcome news for the automotive sector as it faces multiple challenges simultaneously. It is important to remember, however, that any percentage increase will be on a much smaller volume market in August given it is arguably the quietest month of the year. Buyers continue to take advantage of deals on the latest and cleanest commercial vehicles on the market and it is important the business environment remains strong.”

Transport for London is to impose 20mph speed limits on roads it manages within the Congestion Charge zone by early 2020, following a public consultation.

20mph limits for London

TfL said it will recalibrate all speed cameras in central London and use mobile speed cameras to ensure that drivers are complying with the new limit, with works being carried out overnight.

The organisation added there were nearly 2,000 responses to the public consultation, with half of respondents saying the plans would have a positive impact on walking and 31% saying that more people would choose to walk. Almost two-thirds thought that the proposals would lead to more people cycling (59%) and four in ten thought that the proposals would have a positive impact on public transport.

York EV event

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Electric vehicles are planned to be showcased at an event being staged by City of York Council’s iTravel team.

The Switched On will take place at Monks Cross Shopping Centre on Saturday 14 September, from 10am to 4pm.

Executive member for transport, Cllr Andy D’Agorne, said: “There will be a wide a selection of plug-in cars and electric bicycles on display, as well as free, independent advice on all things electric vehicle-related, courtesy of the iTravel team.”